Tuesday, March 13, 2018

German Chocolate Sheet Cake from 1950

I took this to a ladies' Bible study last week. It was delicious. Everyone who likes German Chocolate cake, LOVED it.
German Chocolate Sheet Cake from 1950


1 pkg baker’s German sweet chocolate (4 ounce)
1/2 c water
2 c purpose flour, 
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 c butter, softened
2 c sugar
4 large egg yolks, room temperature (reserve whites)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c buttermilk
4 large egg whites, beaten to form stiff peaks


1 12 oz can evaporated milk  
1 1/2 c sugar
3/4 c melted butter (1 1/2 sticks)
4 large egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
7 oz baker’s angel flake coconut
1 1/2 c broken pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 X 13 or a jelly roll pan, or 2 round cake pans.

Measure two cups flour. Stir in baking soda and salt and set aside. Microwave chocolate and the water until chocolate is melted, about 1 minute and 30 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir well, set aside.

Separate eggs. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form and set aside.
Using a hand mixer, beat butter and sugar just until combined. Add egg yolks one at a time, mixing after each addition.
Slowly add melted chocolate to butter mixture while mixing. Scrape sides of bowl with spatula and mix well. Add vanilla and mix well.
Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. DO NOT USE A MIXER ON THIS PART!! Stir by hand using a spatula or spoon. Once mixed, you may use your hand mixer for no more than 10-20 seconds, just to make sure batter is mixed well.
Fold in beaten egg whites. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  If baking a 9 x 13 pan, increase baking time to 45-55 min.
FOR THE FROSTING: Melt butter in heavy saucepan. Add milk, sugar, vanilla and egg yolks and cook over medium heat for about 12 minutes, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat and add coconut and pecans. Stir until combined. Pour warm frosting over cooled cake. If making a layer cake, cool frosting before putting together.

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