June 11, 2023

Our unique Coffee German Chocolate Cake

By Philippe Jolicoeur
Our unique Coffee German Chocolate Cake

German chocolate cake is a classic dessert that originated in the United States, despite its name. Contrary to popular belief, it does not have direct German roots but is named after Samuel German, an American chocolatier who developed a type of dark baking chocolate used in the cake's creation.

Here's our  recipe for German Chocolate Cake that incorporates our 1936 instant coffee.


For the cake:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon 1936 instant Chocolate or Classic coffee granules
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
For the coconut-pecan frosting:

1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large egg yolks
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and instant coffee granules. Mix well.

Add the milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients. Beat the mixture on medium speed for about 2 minutes.

Stir in the boiling water gradually. The batter will be thin, but that's okay.

Pour the batter evenly into the prepared cake pans.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.

Remove the cakes from the oven and let them cool in the pans for about 10 minutes. Then transfer the cakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

While the cakes are cooling, prepare the coconut-pecan frosting. In a medium saucepan, combine the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, butter, and vanilla extract. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, which should take about 12 to 15 minutes.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the shredded coconut and chopped pecans.

Let the frosting cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

Once the cakes and frosting have cooled, place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread a generous amount of the coconut-pecan frosting on top. Place the second cake layer on top and frost the sides and top with the remaining frosting.

Optionally, you can garnish the cake with additional shredded coconut and chopped pecans.

Slice and serve the delicious German Chocolate Cake with a hot cup of coffee or your favorite beverage.

German chocolate cake has gained popularity over the years and is often enjoyed on special occasions, such as birthdays and holidays. Its luscious taste and beautiful presentation make it a favorite among dessert lovers, both in the United States and beyond.

So, whether you're savoring a warm cup of coffee or treating yourself to a slice of our German chocolate cake, both are delightful pleasures that can be enjoyed on their own or as a delightful pairing.

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