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Toasted Coconut German Chocolate Cake

 

A sweet chocolate cake is paired with rum infused toasted coconut pecan frosting and chocolate ganache.  Jaw dropping gorgeous German Chocolate Cake.

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Hi there! I’m Dani and I’m so excited to be visiting here at Cheryl’s blog today! My husband Kevin and I write the blog The Adventure Bite where we share our favorite recipes, tutorials on fermented foods & beverages and stories from our adventures in micro farming. We are big believers in eating real whole foods that your grandma would recognize….including desserts! I am thrilled to be sharing one of our new favorite cakes with you this morning.

Do you love German Chocolate Cake? If you do, I hope you don’t mind that you may never make your current recipe again after you try this one. And if you don’t, I can confidently tell you that you’ll be ready to reconsider that choice after you are done reading. 

German Chocolate Cake infused with rum and toasted coconut!  recipe at TidyMom.net


Can I tell you a secret? Until I made this German Chocolate Cake I pretty much always avoided said cake if I had the choice. I so wanted to like this cake. The chocolate, the gooey filling, the pecans…all of these things rank high on my list of delicious things. It was just the darn coconut that got me.

I know that all the coconut lovers just gave me the evil eye. But to my credit I do like the flavor of coconut, it’s the almost waxy like texture that ruins it for me. 

German Chocolate Cake infused with rum and toasted coconut!  recipe at TidyMom.net

It’s been almost seven years since my first “adventure bite” and there are still a small handful of things that I haven’t been able to convince my mouth to like. Coconut up until this week was on that list. But my dad’s favorite cake is German Chocolate Cake so I set out to see if there was a way to make it palatable for both of us.

I am happy and somewhat embarrassed to tell you that I ate three substantial pieces of this cake in its very short lived life. I mean really look at this cake….how could this not taste good?

German Chocolate Cake infused with rum and toasted coconut!  recipe at TidyMom.net

The secret to this magical transformation is two things…..rum (because what isn’t better with rum?) and perfectly toasting your coconut. 

You may have discovered already that roasting root vegetables magically transforms them from a rather boring side dish to something that steals the show. Fortunately for us this principle holds true for coconut, changing from a waxy chewy substance to a light slightly crunchy heavenly smelling I-had-to-make-more-because-I-ate-3-handfuls kind of delicacy. 

Seriously! Me a coconut hater eating coconut by the handful has to prove something!

German Chocolate Cake infused with rum and toasted coconut!  recipe at TidyMom.net

Making a multi-layer cake from scratch can seem like an overwhelming task, but it’s actually really just 3 simple recipes. You can make the cake part a day or two ahead of time and wrap it in cellophane to stay fresh, and each frosting can be made ahead of time too if needed!

German Chocolate Cake infused with rum and toasted coconut!  recipe at TidyMom.net

You are guaranteed to wow some dinner guests with this beauty!

You may have leftover ganache so I won’t judge if you feel the need to help yourself to some of that too on your slice. One can’t ever have too much chocolate…

German Chocolate Cake infused with rum and toasted coconut!  recipe at TidyMom.net

I should also tell you that leftover ganache turns into chocolate truffle filling when it gets cold….I’m not admitting to it but someone in our house has been sneaking spoonfuls out of the leftover container whenever they have needed a chocolate fix this week. 

Thanks so much for letting us visit with you today and be sure to come over to the blog to say hi! Thanks again to Cheryl for being such a gracious and generous host to us!

  

German Chocolate Cake

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 12

German Chocolate Cake

Sweet chocolate cake is paired with rum infused toasted coconut pecan frosting and chocolate ganache.

Ingredients

    Cake
  • 1 pkg. (4 oz.) BAKER'S GERMAN'S Sweet Chocolate
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs, seperated
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Pecan Frosting
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened coconut
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • 4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped
  • 4 oz (3/4 cup) milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

    Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine chocolate and water, stir over low heat until chocolate is melted. Set aside and allow to cool.
  3. Beat egg whites to stiff peaks. Set aside.
  4. Combine dry ingredients. Set aside.
  5. In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes).
  6. Add egg yolks one at a time and beat well after each addition.
  7. Add vanilla and cooled chocolate to mixture. Mix well.
  8. Add alternating additions of the dry mixture and buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  9. Fold in egg whites.
  10. Bake in 2 greased 9 inch pans until toothpick comes out clean (about 25 minutes for me at high altitude, may take up to 35 minutes)
  11. Pecan-Coconut Filling:
  12. Pulse your pecans in your food processor until they are a course crumb texture. Set aside.
  13. Toast your coconut in the oven using the broiler on high, watching closely to prevent burning. Allow them to develop color for 4-5 minutes and then stir them, bringing the untoasted coconut to the top. After the initial few minutes it will cook faster, so watch carefully and stir frequently until you when you have nice golden color and fragrant smell. Set aside, reserving 1/2 cup for decorating.
  14. Make the custard base: mix cream, sugar and egg yolks in a medium saucepan. Stir continually over medium heat until it is thick and coats the back of a spoon. If you are not confident it is finished you may check that it has reached 170 degrees with an instant read thermometer.
  15. Removed from heat and add nuts, toasted coconut, butter and rum. Stir together until butter is melted. Cool to room temperature.
  16. Ganache
  17. Melt coconut oil in medium saucepan. Add chocolate, corn syrup and rum.
  18. In small saucepan heat cream until just beginning to boil.
  19. Pour cream over chocolate mixture and stir until smooth. If chocolate does not melt completely, stir continually over low heat until chocolate is melted.
  20. Cool until thickened but still spreadable, around 20-30 minutes.
  21. Assembling The Cake
  22. Spread Coconut Pecan Frosting between the two cooled cake layers.
  23. Spread the ganache over the whole cake slowly, using a butter knife or frosting knife to guide it down sides and smooth all around.
  24. Add the remaining Coconut Pecan Frosting in heaping spoonfuls to the top of the cake and spread gently to add a layer of this frosting over the top of the ganache layer.
  25. Add the remaining toasted coconut to the sides of the cake. You can press the coconut gently onto the ganache with a spoon or very gently toss small handfuls of it onto the sides so it sticks to the ganache.

Notes

Adapted from David Lebovitz

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20 Responses to “Toasted Coconut German Chocolate Cake”

  1. This is one of my husbands favorites! Thanks for sharing!

    • Dani replied on April 1st, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      You are welcome! Thanks for coming by, I hope you can make it for him soon!

  2. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living posted on March 31, 2014 at 7:50 am (#
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    What a gorgeous cake and so nice to be introduced to Dani!

    • Dani replied on April 1st, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks Jeanette! It was a really fun cake to make. Heading off to check off your blog now :)

  3. Kate @ Diethood posted on March 31, 2014 at 9:22 am (#
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    This is beautiful! Toasted coconut – genius!!

  4. Leigh Anne Wilkes @YourHomebasedMom posted on March 31, 2014 at 11:28 am (#
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    What a beautiful cake and it looks absolutely delicious!!

  5. Cindi-Lee Milton posted on March 31, 2014 at 3:44 pm (#
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    THIS LOOKS AMAZING !!!!! I have always felt the same about coconut…I WILL be making this cake for dad…he ate his piece in less than 30 seconds looking around for 2nds :-) Fabulous flavor oh my !

  6. Werona @cookiesorbiscuits posted on March 31, 2014 at 5:50 pm (#
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    That looks delicious. I love German Chocolate Cake and coconut so it sounds like something I’d love to try.

  7. jen @ Tatertots & Jello posted on March 31, 2014 at 6:13 pm (#
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    Looks so amazing!!!

    xoxox

  8. capturing joy with kristen duke posted on April 1, 2014 at 11:00 am (#
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    YUMM!!! Sounds so delicious!!

    • Dani replied on April 1st, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      Thanks Kristen!

  9. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme posted on April 1, 2014 at 6:49 pm (#
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    German Chocolate is one of my all-time favorite cakes but I’ve never thought of toasting the coconut. What a great idea!

    • Dani replied on April 1st, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      I thought it might work but David’s recipe was the proof I needed to give it a shot. Such a great trick!

  10. Brian @ A Thought For Food posted on April 3, 2014 at 9:41 am (#
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    You know what I love about german chocolate cake? Everything. Well, the thing I love the most about it is the coconut. I’m obsessed with shredded coconut. Always have been. And what’s so great is that no one else in my family likes it, which means more for me!!!

    • Dani Meyer replied on April 3rd, 2014 at 10:04 am

      You better not show them this one then Brian! I think my dad is disappointed that he won’t get to eat the whole cake anymore ;)

  11. Marilyn posted on April 4, 2014 at 3:36 pm (#
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    In the directions it says to heat the cream and add to the ganache, but the only cream in the ingredient list is for the frosting.

    • Dani replied on April 4th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Oops good catch Marilyn! Sorry about that, it is 1 cup of cream for the ganache. I have updated the recipe to reflect this.

      Dani

  12. Connie posted on May 21, 2014 at 8:03 pm (#
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    I also have a husband that loves German chocolate–actually any chocolate, but the German chocolate is top on his list. Thank you for the recipe.

  13. Kim posted on September 29, 2014 at 12:26 am (#
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    I too, have always passed up German chocolate cake because of the raw coconut. Like you, I’ve never liked it. Toasted coconut is like a completely different animal to me, though. It has this crispy texture that I love and the flavor is so much more complex. I love to mix it into melted milk or dark chocolate and make haystack candies. A few years ago I thought I’d try making German chocolate frosting with toasted coconut and it was delicious. Your addition of rum sounds yummy! I’m going to try that.

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