Sunday, January 17, 2010

German Chocolate Cake

Remember how BAKED is my favorite cookbook? Yeah. This is why. Here's another cake of theirs. What is this, the 4th or 5th cake recipe I've used out of this book? And each one has been unique: with a different texture and flavor. And every one delicious in its own right. This exactly what German Chocolate Cake should be. It has a soft, almost crumbly, but still moist texture. It's not overly sweet. The filling gives it such great crunch and flavor, but isn't gluey or cloying. Even the members of my family who don't particularly care for coconut cleaned their plates, so that should tell you something right there. And, naturally, I added a little milk chocolate frosting around the top edge. It would have been too much, I think, to frost the whole thing with it. But at the same time, it would have been a shame to leave it off completely.

As I've mentioned, we have a new camera. A fancy one. So this week, you get a bit of a photo essay.

Spiker Makes German Chocolate Cake

This is what I look like when I'm baking. Why so serious?

Coffee and buttermilk. Herein lies the secret to the perfectly not-too-sweet ness of this cake?

Only 1/2 the coconut is toasted. It gives the filling an extra boost of toasty flavor and crunch.

Somebody needs to work on their piping skills.

I think the only question left for me is this: can I get through all the recipes in this first book of theirs before they publish their second (which I await with bated breath)? I have no idea when the second will be published, so who knows? But you can bet I'm gonna give it a try.

TGIP Rating--German Chocolate Cake--KEEPER. Believe it or not I've never made a German Chocolate Cake of any kind. And when I've eaten other versions, I've never been wowed by them. Most likely because I've never had one this good. And trust, this one is GOOD.

Next up: Old Fashioned Chess Pie. I haven't found exactly the recipe I want to try YET. So if you have a family recipe you're dying to share, I'm open.

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