German Chocolate Cake

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Appears in
Craig Claiborne's Southern Cooking

By Craig Claiborne

Published 1987

  • About

German chocolate cake became a staple in many Mississippi homes during my childhood. The recipe used by my mother was clipped from a newspaper and pasted in the manuscript cookbook she compiled for me many years ago. It is an excellent cake, the layers coated on top with a coconut-pecan frosting.


The Cake

  • ½ pound sweet chocolate
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • ½


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine the chocolate and boiling water in a saucepan. Heat, stirring, until the chocolate melts. Let cool.
  • Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the yolks, 1 at