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Happy Birthday Papa!

August 8, 2009


~ Emma ~


Today is my Papa Fred’s Birthday so I made a German Chocolate Cake for him and my family and I ate it for him too since we live in Sacramento and he lives in Minnesota.  If he were to eat it I think he would be proud of me!  It was a very tasty treat!!! 

I had a little bit and I was full for a long time, it was rich and creamy but sure good.  You should make it someday.  It was my first time to make and eat German Chocolate Cake I didn’t know what is was going to taste like but since it is my Papa Fred’s favorite cake I new it had to be good and it was!!! 


Here are some other cakes you might enjoy:

Strawberry Butter

Mango Mousse


Heaven & Hell

Peachy Keen 


Now for the recipe – it was adapted from the cook book  Sweet Eats

German Chocolate Cake

4 oz German Chocolate (Sweet Baking Chocolate)

1/2 Cup Milk

2 1/2 Cups cake flour (or 2 1/4 all purpose flour)

1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 sticks (1 cup) Butter – room temp

1 3/4 Cup sugar

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 Cup Sour Cream

Preheat oven to 350° F

Microwave chocolate and milk in microwave safe bowl for 1:30 on high

Stir until chocolate is melted, set aside

Sift flour, baking soda and salt together in a different bowl, set aside

Cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until fluffy

Add eggs one at a time, beating between each addition

Add 1/2 the flour mixture to the egg mixture, beat until well combined

Add vanilla extract and chocolate mixture, beat until smooth

Add the rest of the flour mixture and beat

Add sour cream, beat

Scrape the bottom the bowl to incorporate all the ingredients then beat some more

Divide batter between 3 cake pans

Bake 25-30 mins until a skewer stuck in the center comes out with only a few crumbs but no sticky batter

Run a knife around the inside of the pan, wait 10 mins before you flip cakes out onto cooling racks.


Frosting the cake

Frosting the cake


Coconut Pecan Frosting


14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk

1/2 Cup water

3 egg yolks

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 Cup Pecans chopped

2 Cups Sweetened Coconut Flakes

pinch salt

Stir condensed milk, water, and egg yolks together in a saucepan

Add butter and cook on medium heat stirring occasionally until butter is melted and the mixture bubbles

Turn stove down to low and cook another 5 mins stirring constantly

Add remaining ingredients until evenly combined

Let cool but put on cake when still warm

Traditionally the frosting does not run down the sides, if you want it to then double the recipe


I saved a piece for you Papa!

I saved a piece for you Papa!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 8, 2009 7:55 am

    Wow! This looks spectacular! Can I have a piece?

    Nice work, Emma!

  2. August 8, 2009 9:53 am

    looks wonderful! happy bday to papa too, if not to rude, i would like an xl slab please…

  3. August 15, 2009 2:15 pm

    This looks so yummy Emma! You did a great job! I am sure your Papa Fred is very proud!

  4. southerngracesblog permalink
    August 15, 2009 7:50 pm

    Emma you did an amazing job!!! This looks SOOO good! Your Papa must be so impressed 🙂

  5. August 17, 2009 10:19 am

    Very nice indeed! Emma looks like she’s already a serious cook 😀


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