Homemade German Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

4- ounces German sweet chocolate
1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1- teaspoon baking soda
1/4- teapoon salt
3-large egg whites, room temperature
1/2-cup butter, softened
1-cup white granulated sugar
1-teaspoon vanilla extract
3-large egg yolks
2/3-cups buttermilk

Ingredients for Coconut-Pecan Frosting:

1-6-ounce can of evaporated milk
1-slightly beaten large egg
1-teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3-cups white granulated sugar
1-1/3 cups flaked coconut
1/2-cup chopped pecans

Step 1...Grease and lightly flour 2 round 8 or 9-inch can pans. set aside. grease pans and flour lightly!

Step 2...Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. sift.

Step 3...In a small saucepan on low, heat the German chocolate in 1/3 cup water until it melts.(let cool before adding to egg mixture).
While chocolate is melting, beat softened butter
in a mixing bowl, add the sugar and vanilla.
Cream butter and sugar.
Continue to beat until light and fuffly. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after
each one. Beat in the chocolate and water mixture.
Add Chocolate
Melt German Chocolate.

Step 4...In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff. Set aside.
Preheat oven now to 350 degrees.

Step 5...
To the mixture in step 3, add the flour mixture, and the buttermilk alternately,
beat well after each addition. Fold in the egg whites from step 4.

Step 6...Pour the batter evenly into the prepared cake pans.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Step 7...Remove cakes from oven and let cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes.
Remove from pans and continue to cool.

While the cakes cool prepare the coconut-pecan frosting as follows;
Step 1...
In a medium saucepan combine, the evaporated milk, 2/3-cup sugar, 1/4-cup butter,
and the slightly beaten egg. Cook and stir constantly over medium heat until mixture thickens
and bubbles, should takes about 12 minutes, quite awhile, so watch it, don't want to let it burn.
Cool slightly and add the vanilla, coconut and pecans.

Step 2...
Cool for about 15 minutes, frost the bottom layer, top with the second layer, frost this layer,
and smooth the icing to the edges and on the sides of the cake. and Enjoy!


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