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June 11th is National German Chocolate Cake Day!

June 11th is National German Chocolate Cake Day!


It’s NOT from Germany, it’s 100% American!
In 1852, American Samuel German created a dark baking chocolate (with a higher sugar content than previous baking chocolate) for the Baker Chocolate Company.
Baker’s “German’s Sweet Chocolate’s” brand was named for him.
In 1957, “German’s Chocolate Cake” recipe was published in the Dallas Morning Star as the Recipe of the Day created by Mrs. George Clay, using Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate.

The company was originally named Walter Baker & Company in 1780.
Baker’s Chocolate was owned by the Baker family for 115 years until 1895.
Baker’s Chocolate Company was bought by the Forbes Syndicate in 1896 and sold to the Postum Cereal Company in 1927. Postum changed their name to General Foods, which was acquired by Kraft Foods in 1989. On March 25, 2015, Kraft announced its merger with Heinz. Baker’s Chocolate is now owned by Kraft Heinz, the fifth largest food company in the world.  Their products include a variety of bulk chocolates (including white and unsweetened) and sweetened coconut flakes.


German Chocolate Cake
(with coconut pecan and chocolate frosting)


Chocolate Cake:
2 cups granulated sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup oil (vegetable or canola oil)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Coconut Frosting:
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter
large egg yolks
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut

Chocolate Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Chocolate cake:
Combine sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Combine eggs, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla.
Mix dry and wet ingredients together and stir in the boiling water. (will be very thin)
Pour batter into greased 8 or 9-inch round baking pans
(optional: use a round piece of wax or parchment paper for bottom of pan)
TIP: Use room temperature ingredients.
Run warm water over the eggs to bring them to room temperature.
Warm the buttermilk for just a few seconds. It makes a difference in the chemistry.
When baking at high altitude add 3 more tablespoons of flour.

Pre-Heat Oven and Bake at 375°F
Bake for 25 – 35 minutes (depending on cake pan size = a 9” pan takes less time)
Insert a toothpick in the center to test: the cake is done when it comes out clean.
Cool the cakes 5 minutes in the pans and then invert onto wire rack to finish cooling.

German Chocolate Frosting:
Combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, egg yolks, and evaporated milk
in a saucepan and bring to a low boil over a medium heat.
Stir constantly until thick.
Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, nuts and coconut.
Cool completely before spreading it on the cake.

Chocolate Frosting:
Melt butter and stir in cocoa powder,
Add powdered sugar and milk slowly, and beat the mixture to a consistency that will spread.
Add in a small amount of milk or a little extra powder, if needed to thin or thicken the frosting.
Stir in the vanilla.

Place a cake round on a plate.
Spread a thin layer of chocolate frosting on the the cake.
Spoon half of the coconut frosting on top, and spread a smooth layer.
Leave ~1/2 inch between filling and edge of cake.
Place the second cake round on top.
Spread the chocolate frosting over the entire cake (top and sides).
Spoon and spread the remaining coconut frosting on top of the cake.

Use a piping bag and special tips to create the swirls on top of this cake.

Make Ahead:
Both frostings (coconut and chocolate) can be made ahead and refrigerated. Coconut frosting will keep 1-2 weeks (depends on the ingredients used) and Chocolate frosting will keep 2-3 weeks. Remove from fridge an hour before frosting the cake, and spread at room temperature.

Freeze and Store:
Bake the cake layers, allow them to cool completely.
Wrap separately in plastic wrap and then pace each one in a ziplock freezer bag.
Freeze for up to three months. TIP: Frost the cake when frozen, it’s much easier to frost!
The assembled cake can be frozen. Cover it well and it will keep for 2-3 months (slice the cake, wrap each slice in plastic wrap, and store in a freezer-safe container).
Defrost and bring to room temperature before serving.


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Chocolate Eclairs & Cream Puffs recipe

Chocolate Eclairs and Cream Puffs

Here’s a great recipe that I found online:


Makes about 12 small eclairs or about 18 cream puffs

6 tbsp (¾ stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 tsp sugar
½ tsp kosher salt
¾ cup water
¾ cup all-purpose flour
3 large eggs

4 large egg yolks
⅓ cup sugar
4 tbsp cornstarch
One pinch kosher salt
1 cup whole milk
1 ½ cup heavy cream, divided
½ tsp almond extract
2 tbsp (¼ stick) unsalted butter

NOTE: ice cream, custard or chocolate mousse can be substituted for cream filling

¾ cup heavy cream
½ tsp kosher salt
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped (1½ cups)
Toasted sliced almonds for topping

NOTE: Almonds are optional or top with any crushed nuts, sprinkles or other decorations

1. Prepare dough: bring the butter, sugar, salt, and water to a simmer over medium heat in a medium saucepan, stirring with a wooden spoon to encourage the butter to melt. As soon as it comes to a boil, add the flour, stirring constantly, until the dough forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the pan, about 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring the dough occasionally. (You don’t want the eggs to scramble in the next step.)

2. Add eggs, one at a time, stirring vigorously between each addition with a wooden spoon. The dough will break apart and slide around in the pot before it comes back together. Transfer the dough to a piping bag fitted with a round tip.

3. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Pipe the dough into 3-inch lengths about 3 inches apart. (For cream puffs, drop the dough in 2-tablespoon scoops about 3 inches apart on the prepared sheets. )With damp fingertip, flatten any points. Preheat to 450°F and bake until deep golden brown and puffed, rotating the sheets halfway through, 22 to
 26 minutes. Let cool completely on a rack.

4. Prepare the cream: stir together the egg yolks, sugar, and cornstarch in a medium bowl until smooth. Set a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl.

5. In medium saucepan, bring the milk and 1 cup of the heavy cream to a simmer over medium heat. Add a little bit of the warm milk mixture to the yolk mixture and whisk to combine. Repeat this process a few times until all of the milk mixture has been incorporated into the yolk mixture. Return the mixture to the pan.

6. Cook at medium-low heat, stirring constantly and making sure to get the edges, until the mixture begins to thicken, 2 to 4 minutes. (It’s helpful to have both a spatula and a whisk handy while making the custard. Switch between the two.) Let it come up to a very slow boil and cook for 1 minute more. Strain the custard through the sieve into a clean bowl, and stir in the butter and the almond extract. Press plastic wrap onto the surface of the cream and refrigerate until cooled completely.

7. Prepare the glaze: bring the cream and salt to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate and salt. Let the mixture stand for 1 minute and then whisk to make a smooth sauce.

8. Whip remaining ½ cup cream to soft peaks. Whisk the cooled almond cream to loosen it, then fold in the whipped cream. Transfer the cream to a pastry bag fitted with a fluted tip. Slice the top third off of each éclair and fill with cream. Dip the top of the top half in the glaze and replace it. (For cream puffs, insert the tip of the pastry bag into the bottom of each puff and fill. Dip the filled puffs in the glaze.) Top with almonds to serve.





07-JUN-13: National Donut Day!

Today is National Donut Day!

Time to eat the Donuts! (copyright 2012 JoshWillTravel)

Time to eat the Donuts! (copyright 2012 JoshWillTravel)



My favorite is a chocolate custard filled, raspberry jelly donut or a cinnamon roll.

More Donuts!

More Donuts!