German Chocolate Cake
Step 1: Roasted Pecans
1 c. Pecans
Step 2: German Chocolate Cake
1 (4-oz.) package of Baker's Sweetened Chocolate
1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
4 egg yolks
4 eggs whites
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
Take one package of Baker's sweetened chocolate and mix it with 1/2 cup of boiling water. You are done mixing the chocolate once it is all dissolved as seen in the lower picture to the left. Then let this cool before adding it to mixture in step four.
You will want to go ahead and preheat the oven to 350 so it will be ready when you need it.
Mix 1 cup of butter with 2 cups of sugar until they are fluffy and rich. This should not take but a few minutes.
Slowly add in your egg yolks while beating mixture. Once no more streaks, or spots of yellow remain they have been mixed in well enough.
Add Chocolate liquid and 1 teaspoon vanilla after the egg yolk is completely mixed in to the batter.
It is important to sift the flour to remove all the lumps. This is the time that you add the 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the flour.
You will want to add the milk and flour at the same time, but alternating between the two (milk, flour, milk, flour...) Don't stop mixing as you do this. Once you are done beating in the milk and flour, make sure that it is smooth.
Beating egg whites is one of the most tricky things to do for the first time if you have not done it before. Take your four egg whites and beat them at a high speed. When you lift the beater out of the bowl it should have a peak, or pointed tip at the end of it. This means they are done being whipped.
Now fold in your egg whites SLOWLY. DO NOT STIR OR BEAT THEM IN!! This would ruin the cake!
· Use a knife, or a pen to mark a sheet of wax paper around the exterior of the pan. Then cut on the line you just drew. Coat the inside of the pan with shortening. Then put flour on the inside and shake it till the sides and bottom are covered with flour. Then put the cut wax paper in the bottom of the pan.
Do this for each of the three cake pans.
Pour equal amounts of batter into each 8 inch cake pan.
Put the cakes in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Do not open the oven until the cake has been in for the required time, if you do it will fall in the middle. Stick a tooth pick in your cake after baking. If it comes out clean your cake is done, if it comes out gooey then it needs another five to ten minutes.
Once your cake layers have cooled for 15 minutes you will need to remove them from their cake pans. Using a knife, or a spatula like the one seen in the picture to the left, cut the cake away from the sides of the cake pan. Then flip it over on a cooling rack and remove the wax paper from the bottom.