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Adventures with Father's Day German Chocolate caking. When I first began researching on the requested German Chocolate bakery creation I was surprised to find - this was a cake I'd seen made literally dozens of times. I knew the process by heart, complete to the folding in of the egg whites and the tedious wax paper layers. My maternal Grandmother had made this cake for years and years, only it was referred to as, "Southern Chocolate Cake." After explaining this to Scott's Grandma and Grandpa, Grandpa said, "I don't imagine the German's were very popular in your Great-Grandparents house, either." Implying, of course - that he perfectly understood why such a delicious cake wouldn't
be credited to the German heritage. You know - it's funny how times change, what's even funnier is my being surprised by how attitudes are so different today.

Anyway - anyone who knows me, knows I went to chef school, kinda flaked out and never did anything with the small bit of learning I picked up - but I have an ongoing war with baking. Turning cakes out of pans is sort of my ... nemesis. They never come out clean, something always fucks up and there's always someone whose approval I was seeking with the dessert who has something sympathetic to say about said dessert.

Yesterday, I kicked dessert in the ass.
20th Jun 2005, 19:18   | tags:,,

ladyluna says:

Dessert looks yummy! (German chocolate cake is one of my favorites!) and just in case you're curious...German chocolate cake has nothing to do with Germany. The recipe originated in the 40's or 50's (can't remember which ) and used German chocolate (by Baker's Chocolate) which was named after Sam German, the guy who came up with it! Thus endeth the chocolate lesson for today. :)

20th Jun 2005, 19:38

lizziepants says:


now -- do I dare email Scott's Grandma and inform her of my new knowledge?

20th Jun 2005, 19:40

ladyluna says:

well, it WAS first popular down South....

20th Jun 2005, 19:41

vallie says:

Man - that looks positively fantastic. I'm not a German Chocolate Cake fan because of the coconut, but that really looks good. Nicely done! My great-grandmother used to call it Southern Chocolate Cake, too (she lived in Somerset, KY).

When I told her other people called it German Chocolate Cake, she said, "Those Germans are only good at sausage and sauerkraut - if this is German, I'm one of those tall, blonde girls from Sweden". I suppose that would be funny if you'd seen my great-grandmother - she was 4'11" and shaped like a beach ball :)

Anyway, I guess she was right about it not being from Germany - either way..it still looks great!

27th Jun 2005, 15:48