This is the best German chocolate cake recipe ever! Perfect,rich, and moist chocolate cake with creamy, nutty, coconut, caramel like frosting. It’s one of our favorite chocolate cakes. This is the BEST chocolate layer cake that can be used with other frostings and/or fillings.
2 cups all-urpose flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa (I used raw cocoa)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil or any other unflavored oil.
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
1 can or 1 1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 1/4 cup white sugar
3 egg yolks beaten with 1 teaspoon water
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 1/2 cup flaked coconut
1 3/4 tablespoons cornstarch
4 ozs. cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* Or double the recipe for frosting
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease 2 (9-inch)round cake pans.
In a mixing bowl (I use Kitchen Aid) whisk or combine flour,sugar,cocoa,baking powder,baking soda mixed with vinegar, and salt.
Stir until well combined.
Add milk,oil,eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined.
Reduce speed to low and add boiling water a little bit at a time.
Once the water is all mixed in, beat on high for 1 minute.
Evenly distribute cake batter between two prepared pans.
Bake for 30-35 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely(out of the pan).
While the cake is baking, prepare frosting-
In a large saucepan whisk evaporated milk and cornstarch.
Add in sugar,egg yolks,butter ,and vanilla.
Cook over low heat stirring constantly until thick.
Remove from him and stir in pecans and coconut.
Beat together cream cheese,powdered sugar, and vanilla.
Gradually add heavy whipping cream starting on medium speed and going up as the cream thickens.
Soaking ~ (Optional)-
1 cup water
1 tablespoon brandy, cognac or kahlua liqueur .
Spray or pour with spoon water and liqueur over the first chocolate cake.
Spread with some cooled frosting.
Place the other cake layer on top. Moisten it, and cover the whole cake with chocolate cream starting with sides.
Spread the rest of the frosting on top of the cake. Decorate as desired.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes or more.