German Chocolate Cake with Coconut Pecan Icing

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Recipe for German Chocolate Cake with Coconut Pecan Icing. This classic cake has been a favorite for generations, and it's still just as popular today.


  • 4 ounces German sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 recipe Coconut Pecan Icing


  1. In large bowl mix flour, soda. salt. In a separate bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks one at a time until blended well. Mix in vanilla, chocolate, and then flour mixture. Then add buttermilk. Set aside.
  2. Beat egg whites in very clean and dry bowl until stiff but not dry. Fold into cake mixture. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Immediately run spatula around sides of pans. Remove from pans and cool on a wire rack.
  3. After cake has cooled completely, frost with coconut pecan icing. Spread frosting between layers of cake and on top. Cover well and refrigerate.