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Three layers of luscious chocolate cake, filled and topped with a caramel-y, gooey frosting that is bursting with coconut and pecans. The sides are left uncovered, allowing the layers of cake and frosting to show off their beauty. It’s perfect for a birthday cake. And an un-birthday cake. Kate, Recipe Hunter

Kate Edeker

THE RECIPE

German Chocolate Cake

This “German” cake is an American classic

Surprisingly, German Chocolate Cake is named after the creator of German chocolate (an American named Sam German) and not the country at all. With one bite of this cake, however, you’ll quickly move past it’s confusing name and focus on its pure, satisfying decadence. Unlike its milk, dark, and bittersweet cousins, German chocolate is sweet and milder than these other baking-chocolates. When melted and stirred into the batter it adds a creamy and lavish chocolate sweetness. With that decadent of a cake, you’d think that you would want to go easy on the frosting, but in the classic style of a true German chocolate cake, the cake and the frosting are  given equal attention. This is not your typical buttercream frosting—more like a gooey filling that is so good it needs to top the cake as well as be slathered between each layer. Don’t frost the sides, though, or you might cover up the cake’s enticing tiers of pecans, coconut, and chocolate.

THE CHEF

Nora Schlesinger

Market Researcher, Baker and Writer

Nora Schlesinger

My goal is to help people realize that baking is not as intimidating as they think. I am entirely self-taught, and if I can do it, anyone can. I try to include something for everyone’s tastes, walking the line between classics and creativity, and I strive to make every single recipe straightforward and accessible to anyone who wants to try it.

When we first came across Nora, she had a more traditional baking blog, Buttercream Fanatic, where she posted tried and true recipes. In 2014, after health issues required her to alter her diet, she changed direction with her cooking and blogging, and A Clean Bake was born. Her focus is now on using clean and wholesome ingredients to recreate and improve upon traditional recipes. Nora is a self-proclaimed self- and mom-taught cook, and she’s reaching out to share the lessons she’s had in the kitchen, letting us learn from both her brilliant successes and the meals that ended up less-than ideal. Her approach to food doesn’t fit comfortably into any dietary box, so it is easy to find a recipe for a variety of food restrictions, including gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free. For a healthy upgrade to your favorite bread, biscuit, brownie, and other baking needs, check out A Clean Bake for thoughtful and tested recipes and advice.

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THE TIP

What is German Chocolate?

German’s chocolate was developed by Samuel German in the mid-1850s as a more “convenient” chocolate for bakers since it had extra sugar added to it already.

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