Mama’s mind is about to be blown, y’all!

Meghan Overdeep
May 9, 2018

For generations, Americans have been crediting the people of Germany with the rich, chocolaty deliciousness of the German chocolate cake.  But thanks to a recent article in The Dallas Morning News, we now know that the decadent cake is actually 100% Texan! Crazy, right?

In researching the origins of the cake, the Morning News found out that the beloved chocolate confection wasn’t brought over by German immigrants at all. On the contrary, it can be traced back to a homegrown recipe called German Sweet Chocolate Cake that ran in its paper in June 1957.

Mrs. George Clay of Southeast Dallas submitted the recipe, which uses Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate, to the paper’s Julie Benell's Recipe of the Day column. She called the recipe "German's" chocolate after Samuel German, who invented the chocolate while working for Baker's Chocolate.

According to What's Cooking America, Benell's recipe was such a hit that it was picked up by other newspapers across the country, causing sales of Baker's chocolate to soar. At some point, Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate started getting left out of the recipes, but the name stuck—hence the mix up.

Confusion surrounding the origins of the German chocolate cake has been so widespread, in fact, that President Lyndon B. Johnson served it at his Johnson City ranch for a luncheon with German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard in 1963. Now, more than 60 years later, we couldn’t be happier to settle the score in Texas’ favor.

Looking to whip up one of your own? Check out our recipe for Mama's German Chocolate Cake.