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Recipe: Mama's German Chocolate Cake

If you want to show someone that you love them, bake them a layer cake. This stunning chocolate cake is pure Mama-Approved, Southern perfection! Layers of moist, fluffy German chocolate cake and creamy, sweet-and-nutty Coconut-Pecan Frosting will make this towering, triple-decker dessert an instant favorite that you or your guests won’t be able to resist. Fun fact: German chocolate cake is actually not a German-based delicacy at all. It gets its name from the American chocolate maker Samuel German, who created his signature and versatile dark chocolate for the American Baker’s Chocolate Company in 1852. The product, Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate, was named in honor of him. Every forkful offers a crunchy bite from the pecans and a sweet taste of coconut and chocolate. So delectable, it’ll be hard to pick your favorite component of this beauty. Is it the dense, fudgy-like cake or the ooey, gooey frosting? You be the judge.

Start by lightly greasing 3 round cake pans, lining the bottom of each cake pan with parchment paper. Next, microwave chocolate bars and water in a large microwave-safe bowl until the chocolate is velvety smooth. Then, combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar at medium speed until fluffy, adding egg yolks one at a time. Continue to stir in chocolate mixture and vanilla, alternating between flour mixture and buttermilk. Make sure to beat the egg whites at high speed until stiff peaks form, and pour batter evenly into the cake pans. Finally, bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting. Once you bake it, make sure you learn how to cleanly slice your masterpiece. Hint: Use warm water to dampen the blade. If you prefer, garnish with more pecans, cherries, or strawberries. Finally, a cake that will really make mama proud! German chocolate cakes are so rich and decadent, the only thing you’ll need to finish off this indulgent dessert is a glass of milk. 

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