_ Ingredients

    6 tablespoons water

    2/3 cup (4oz/115g) bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped

    1 1/2 cups (12oz/ 340g) sugar

    4 eggs, separated

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    1 cup (8oz/225g) butter

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    2 cups (10oz/284g) all-purpose flour

    1 cup (8floz/225ml) buttermilk

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon baking powder

    Coconut Filling:

    1/2 cup (4 oz/115g) butter

    1 cup (8floz/225ml) evaporated milk

    1 cup (8oz/225g) sugar

    3 egg yolks

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    1 cup (5oz/142g) pecans, chopped and toasted

    1 1/3 cups (4oz/ 115g) shredded unsweetened coconut

    Chocolate Fudge Frosting:

    1 recipe Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Frosting

    _ Instructions

    For the Rich German Chocolate Cake:

    Pre-heat the oven to 350°F (180°C) then butter and line 2 GoodCook 9

    Inch Cake Pans. Set aside.

    In a medium microwave-safe bowl combine the chocolate and the

    water. Place in the microwave for 1- 2 minutes until the chocolate has

    melted. You can also do this step over a ban marie. Set aside to cool


    Using a stand or hand mixer, beat the egg whites to stiff peaks on

    high speed. Transfer the whipped egg whites to a clean bowl and set


    Using the same hand or stand mixer on high speed, cream together

     the butter and sugar until very light and fluffy, this will take about 5


    Add the melted chocolate, egg yolks and vanilla to the creamed butter

     mix. Stop the mixer if needs be and scrap around the bowl to make

    sure everything is mixed well.

    Next, In a separate small bowl, stir the flour, baking soda, baking

    powder, and salt together.

    Add 1/2 the dry ingredients into the cake batter and mix. Then add

    1/2 the buttermilk and continue to mix.

    Repeat this process with the remaining dry ingredients and buttermilk.

    Lastly, using a large metal spoon like my GoodCook Basting Spoon,

    gently fold in the whipped egg whites.

    Once the cake batter is complete divide the batter between the two

    tins. Bake the cakes for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted

    into the center of the cake comes out clean.

    Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool slightly until turning

    out onto a wire rack to cool fully.

    While the cake is cooling make the coconut filling.

    For the Coconut Filling:

    In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat combine the

    evaporated milk, butter, egg yolks, and sugar.

    Stir this mixture constantly using a spatula scraping along the sides

    and bottom of the pan to ensure the mixture does not burn or curdle.

    Continue stirring constantly for about 10-12 minutes until a thick

    yellow custard has formed. (Watch the video for step-by-step)

    Remove the custard from the heat then stir in the coconut, toasted

    pecans and vanilla. Allow this to cool for 30 minutes at room

    temperature. It thickens as it cools.

    To assemble the cake:

    Place the first layer of cake on your cake stand or platter.

    Spread over 2/3 of the coconut filling, smoothing it out into a level

    even layer across the first layer of cake.

    Place the second layer of cake on top of the filling, then top the 2nd

    layer of cake.

    Using a large offset spatula, frost the tops and sides of the cake with

     my best ever chocolate fudge frosting. I didn't do a crumb layer for

    this cake but if you want you can.

    On top, spread the remaining 1/3 coconut filling until an inch from the

    edge of the cake.

    With any remaining fudge frosting pipe some rosettes around the

    edge of the cake on top.

    Cover the cake tightly in cling wrap and store at room temperature for

    up to 4 days. Enjoy!

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