German Chocolate Cake/Cupcakes

As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to go to my grandma’s house for homemade German food.  To this day, my dad practically drools when he talks about my grandma’s German cooking, and I have a standing promise to smuggle a doggy bag each time I go over.  In addition, each time we visit Leavenworth, he makes a comment about how their food has nothing on grandma’s.  I think some of the cooks in that town are going to ban him if they overhear him say that again.  😉  One thing I will admit is that I never cared for German Chocolate cake as a kid because I swore I didn’t like it.  I also had never tried it, but I *swore* I wouldn’t like it.  Little did I know what I was missing!  Ha!!

One time, friend asked me to make her some German Chocolate cupcakes for a birthday party.  I said yes, thinking it would be a great new recipe to try.  Holy smokes – I practically poured the frosting directly in my mouth!  It was phenomenal and Your Cup of Cake is to thank for the frosting.  I used my chocolate cake recipe and pair those two together and we had magic in a cupcake liner! 

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This can either make cupcakes or two 9-inch cakes, which I made for a recent dessert auction.  I took the two cakes, trimmed them to make them flat, iced the whole thing with a basic chocolate buttercream frosting, filled the center with a thin layer or German chocolate frosting, then loaded more on top.  Perfection!

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German Chocolate cake/cupcakes
For the cake/cupcakes
  1. 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  2. 3 cups flour
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 2 sticks butter, softened
  6. 2 cups sugar
  7. 4 eggs
  8. 1 cup sour cream
  9. 1/2 cup milk
  10. 2 teaspoons vanilla
For the frosting
  1. 1 cup evaporated milk
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  4. 1/2 cup butter
  5. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  6. 1 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  7. 1 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
For the cake/cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift the cocoa, flour, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Add eggs in one at a time.
  4. Mix in the sour cream and milk until there are no streaks, then add vanilla.
  5. Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet and mix until completely combined.
  6. In cupcake liners, fill them 2/3 full by using a regular sized ice cream scoop. Bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. If making cakes, this will make 2 9-inch cakes. You'll want to spray the pans with nonstick spray and fill the batter about halfway full.
For the frosting
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, constantly stir evaporated milk, sugar, yolks and butter until thickened (basically until it boils - about 15 minutes).
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, pecans and coconut.
  3. Let the frosting cool completely.
Adapted from Your Cup of Cake
Adapted from Your Cup of Cake
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