My.Oh.My...company's coming and she LOVES German Chocolate Cake! My sweet sister-in-law is flying in for a long weekend, and we are looking forward to a relaxing and fun time!
My mom-in-law always made Mary a homemade German Chocolate Cake for her birthday up until a few years ago, so I thought this would be the perfect time to surprise her with a homemade and absolutely World's Best German Chocolate Cake with Coconut Pecan Filling and Dark Chocolate Ganache.
And when I tell you that this tastes even more wonderful than it looks, you're going to want some too!
I've made a lot of German Chocolate Cakes through the years, but this recipe has been perfected to give us exactly what we want...a rich, dark chocolatey fudgy cake that is full of texture and flavor!
So many standard recipes for this cake have you whipping egg whites, but in my humble opinion, that technique doesn't add to either the texture, flavor or appearance of this beautiful cake. And I actually prefer this cake without any Rum Syrup slathered on the top of each cake layer - it is so perfectly moist on its own that it really doesn't need anything extra to be special.
The Coconut & Pecan Filling is perfect as well - not gummy, not too sweet, just studded with fresh toasted pecans and sweet coconut. It's so good that even my non-coconut lovers LOVE this cake!
And the Dark Chocolate Ganache just takes this cake to the next level. You can either frost the sides of the cake and pipe a decorative border around the top of the cake, or if you have a gang of folks just hanging around waiting for you to finish this up so that they can eat it already, it is perfectly wonderful drizzled over the top and down the sides of this beauty!
We had a lot of fun with the kids discussing the history of German Chocolate Cake and how it is not really a "German" thing at all, but really started with an American named "German" who developed the recipe for this type of dark chocolate. And although I looked at several stores, about the only place you can buy "authentic" Baker's German Chocolate Bars appears to be on Amazon.
I use Hershey's Cocoa Special Dark in the cake, and Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate in the Dark Chocolate Ganache. To say that this is rich and chocolatey is really an understatement, but for a cake this moist and flavorful? We pulled out all the stops!
Happy German Chocolate Cake Mary! We are so glad that you came for a long weekend visit - and it was nice to celebrate YOU!
(And I'm already thinking about some homemade German Chocolate Cookies, German Chocolate Cupcakes or even a German Chocolate Cheesecake for your next visit!)