Advance your baking skills with this easier-than-you-think recipe for the perfect homemade German chocolate cake. Your taste testers will be astounded you made this German chocolate cake from scratch when they taste the coconut pecan frosting!
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour three 9-inch round baking pans.
Stir together cocoa and water in small bowl until smooth; set aside. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with chocolate mixture and buttermilk, beating just enough to blend. Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightly. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Prepare Coconut Pecan Frosting; spread between layers and over top.
* To sour milk: Use 1 tablespoon white vinegar plus milk to equal 1 cup.
Cake can also be baked in 13 x 9 pan @ 350 F. for 45 to 50 minutes or until top springs back when touched.
Coconut Pecan Frosting:
Stir together sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks and butter in medium saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla, coconut and pecans. Cool to room temperature. About 2-2/3 cups frosting.
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutritional advice.
Nutrition information includes coconut pecan frosting.
Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients.