German Chocolate Cake - Make My Cake

Total Time:
4 hr 45 min
Prep:
40 min
Inactive:
2 hr 15 min
Cook:
1 hr 50 min

Yield:
2 (9-inch) layer cakes or 24 cupcakes
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 4 ounces baker's chocolate (recommend: Baker's German Sweet Chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Filling, recipe follows or whatever you prefer
  • Favorite chocolate frosting, for the sides
  • 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
  • 5 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 2 cups toasted pecans
Directions

In a microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate and water and heat in a microwave or over a double boiler until melted. Stir until smooth and set aside. In a separate bowl, sift together the cake flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, vanilla extract, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add egg yolks 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in the melted chocolate. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk, alternating, until just combined.

Add the egg whites to a small bowl and beat with an egg beater until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whites into the batter until well incorporated.

Pour the batter evenly into 2 (9-inch) cake pans or 2 (12 capacity) cupcake tins. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 30 minutes for the larger cakes and 15 to 20 for the cupcakes. Remove from the oven to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before filling and frosting.

To Assemble the German Chocolate Cake:

Put a cake layer on top of a serving plate and top with a generous layer of the caramel/pecan filling. Cover the frosting with another cake layer of and spread with the frosting. Top with the final layer and frost.

Spread dark chocolate frosting (secret recipe), or your favorite chocolate frosting around the outside of the entire cake. Cut into wedges and serve.

A viewer, who may not be a professional cook, provided this recipe. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe and therefore, we cannot make representation as to the results.

Coconut Pecan Filling:

Combine the evaporated milk, slightly beaten egg yolks, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and butter in a large saucepan or heavy pot over low heat. When the butter melts raise the heat to medium, stirring constantly. The mixture will thicken after 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the coconut and pecans and cool before frosting the cakes.


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. Hands down, amazing recipe...use 3 cake pans and don't stress about the secret dark chocolate recipe...melt bakers chocolate with water..cool a bit...pour over cake...yummy item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was terrible it did not work I am experiecned baker and it did not taste good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I grew up making German Chocolate cake from a box, not knowing one can bake a cake from scratch. Now I never resort to a box cake mix. This recipe is so incredible. I made it for my father-in-law's birthday (his request), and everyone raved about it. It is well worth the time it takes to make. At first I was concerned about the brown sugar, but that makes it perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the best German Chocolate Cake I have ever eaten! It took me awhile to prep and make it but its worth every minute of it! My first recipie I've ever picked out and for a first timer making a German Chocolate cake, it turned out great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
4 stars only because I haven't assembled the finished cake yet. The batter was delicious and the Coconut-Pecan Frosting - well, let's just say I started my morning off with a tablespoon of it! A couple of pieces of advice: I ditched my "ordinary" 9" cake pans last year for the taller 2", heavy-duty 9" pans; I always use parchment paper on the bottoms of the pans for all cake recipes, and since Wilton and King Arthur Flour sell them pre-cut in 8 & 9" sizes it makes life easier; and always grease and flour the sides of the cake pans. This batter fit nicely in my two 9" round cake pans (again they are 2" tall). Will definitely keep this recipe on file! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the best German Chocolate Cake I have ever eaten. Took most of the day and worth every minute. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake is very tasty but if you follow the recipe you will have problem. It is a 3 layer cake. The ingredients are for 3 layers not 2 layers. IF you make as 3 layers from the begining it turns out fantastic. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great tasting cake, but it does something very strange that I haven't seen before. The cake rises way above the pan, forms a flat crust, then sinks before it is done. I've made it twice and it did the same thing both times. What am I doing wrong? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I haven't made this yet but will get back to you. First of all, this has no pan prep. I'm already turned off. So I ripped open the german sweet to see what's happening. It says: "COVER BOTTOMS OF 3 (9 INCH) ROUND PANS WITH WAXED PAPER, SPRAY SIDES WITH COOKING SPRAY." **MYSTERY SOLVED**... The end of this recipe says: "spread dark chocolate frosting (secret recipe) or YOUR favorite chocolate frosting around the outside of the entire cake. What's the fuss? Because it's a secret? Maybe she melted chocolate chips (BTW hershey's has dark chocolate chips) and made a buttercream frosting. You can buy it or make frosting. I plan on using Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder to make mine (it's on the container). I will not be using this recipe for the cake but with use the coconut-pecan recipe from here. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The Hungry Physicist feels this is a fantastic German Chocolate Cake Recipe! There are definitely a few changes required: 1) This batter and frosting is too high a yield for just a two-tier cake. Use three cake pans, and frost each layer. Also, some sort of oil/flour is necessary to prevent the cake from sticking. In the Lab I succeeded with spray oil and cocoa powder. 2) The frosting is easy to create, but I feel saying to cook it for 10-12 minutes is simply imprecise. A few minutes after raising the heat to medium (and stirring constantly) you'll notice the frosting start to boil and increase volume quite a lot. A couple minutes after this point, it will lower in volume again but still be boiling. At this time the frosting is "done" - further heating is at your discretion, Hungry Physicists will probably like to cook the frosting for 3-5 more minutes after the volume reduction. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this cake several times and everyone says it is hands down the best they have ever tasted! Used chocolate on the sides as coconut icing is heavy. Use 3 pans not 2 and always prep your pan with cake release or some spray. I use parchment or wax paper in the pan and they always come out perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wrote a really harsh review of this cake originally because I was mad. I deleted it because I wrote it when I was still angry and should have taken the time to step back and calm down. With that said, I think the flavor is really good, but I still ran into some problems with this recipe. First, it doesn't mention anything about preparing the cake pans. Should you grease and flour them? I did, but the cake still stuck to the pan. Maybe I shouldn't have? Second, the end of the recipe calls for assembling three layers. But it only calls for two cake pans. Mistake? I read where people had trouble with batter overflowing the pans during baking. Perhaps this is the problem. Also... be careful with the icing. It is incredibly heavy and can topple the cake. All in all, an expensive lesson I probably won't try again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow, this is delicious. Ok, first of all easy to make, and the flavor of the cake is perfectly balanced, the frosting, Omg, it is again perfectly balanced, not that too sweet you always have when you have the cake at the bakery, oh my it is perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really good! I added a few extras for added flavor that no one adds to their German chocolate recipes anymore. Cinnamon & nutmeg. Really brings out the difference of a German chocolate cake from other chocolate cakes. (Was told this by a tiny old german lady. And you didn't fully explain how thick the frosting cooks to. So if you accidentally cook it too thick, like I did, don't fret. Add a tablespoon or two of heavy cream to dilute it down some. Helps to make it spreadable. Thank you so much for putting this cake recipe out there! This is very good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
THANK YOU Aliyyah Baylor!!!! I just started baking this year.... I have had this recipe since this show aired. This first time, it seemed like it took me 4 hours... It was good... But not perfect. By my 4th time, it was perfect! I made the frosting the night before... And baked my cake the next morning. OMG!!!! I love to see the look on their faces after the 1st bite! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I bake a lot and have made many cakes from scratch. I went by this recipe exactly as written and my cakes overflowed. The recipe called for 2 9 inch pans which I used. I discovered the same recipe on the back of the German Chocolate box and it called for 3 9 inch pans. Explains the overflow. The cake was still good but very stressful trying to make it work. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This a great recipe...a lot of work, but worth it!! Thanks to bakergal1 I took her advice and used parchment paper and my cakes did not stick. I also followed the recipe and used 2-9" pans ( I kept checking the oven to make sure it didn't bubble over and the cakes came out perfect. I used the German Chocolate Cake Frosting II recipe from allrecipes and this frosting took the cake over the top! This recipe is definitely a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
EXCELLENT CAKE RECIPE. A couple tips: 1. I bake cakes from scratch often and have never had cakes stick so badly to the baking pans, despite greasing and flouring and using nonstick Wilton heavy duty baking pans. For the second try, I used parchment paper along with greasing and flouring and they came out easily. 2. The recipe calls for 2 - 9" pans, but some reviewers said it makes 3. I tried 3 the first try but along with the sticky problem, the cakes were very low in height. So I went with 2 - 9" pans the second time and it was the perfect height for a double layer cake. Especially with such chunky frosting. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never made a cake by scratch before, and even though this took a long time, it was super easy. The cake is delicious and the filling tastes SOOO good. I made this for my dad for his birthday (his favorite cake and now he wants it for every holiday. Takes long time, but definitely worth it. DELICIOUS! (I let both the cake and filling cool over night. Allows the filling to be thicker and the cake easier to ice. Also, with the cake pans, I sprayed and lightly floured them. I also live in high altitude and didn't adjust the recipe and everything turned out great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
THIS CAKE WAS DELICIOUS!!! Everything turned out perfectly; even though it took forever to make, each step is worth it in the end! item not reviewed by moderator and published
it was very good but i hated how it took so long i used the recipe for my 13th birthday party because i LOVE germany !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Was asked in the morning to bake a cake for a friend's birthday...this recipe popped up and was easy to follow the directions and was delicious...light and full of what a German Chocolat eCake should taste like. On this busy day my son and neice took over and followed the directions for the filling with no problem. Easy - perfect - highly recommend .. thanks... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have only made the coconut pecan filling and it is the BEST! Honestly, I find that any homemade cake I have made does not live up to the moistness of a boxed cake mix, however the coconut pecan frosting from a tub is absolutely awful! I use a packaged chocolate frosting for the outside of the cake as well. I have even used the filling to fill the centers of chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting tops, amazing little surprise when you take a bite! A nice change up is almond extract rather than vanilla too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Outstanding! Labor intensive, but worth it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hands down, the absolute best cake I've ever made...and I followed it EXACTLY as the recipe reads EXCEPT (I wish I could make this part bold...THIS EASILY MAKES A 3 LAYER CAKE. Make sure you usecake flour for a more tender cake. 2 friends and myself ate about a quarter of the cake, and I planned to take it to work with me the next day, since I don't eat a lot of sweets and my brother had refused to try it because he isn't really a fan of chocolate. Well, at 3 am, I got a text message from my brother forbidding me from taking the cake with me to work. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Before I made this cake, I read one review that said the cake dripped all over the oven while it baked. But I decided to try this recipe anyway. I followed the directions exactly, poured the batter into two 9-inch round cake pans, and set them to bake for 30 minutes. After about 10 minutes I checked on them and noticed that the batter had risen and was overflowing from the pans, dripping to the bottom of my oven and burning. I rearranged the racks in my oven and put a cookie sheet in to catch the drips. After baking for 40 minutes, I took the cakes out and let them cool. When I took them out of the pan, they fell apart a little. They also split when I gently put the cooled coconut-pecan mixture on them. Cutting slices was near impossible as the cake just fell apart upon contact. Don't get me wrong, this cake is delicious. I made it for my dad and he loved it. But, you might consider splitting the batter into 3-4 pans rather than the 2 suggested by the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake is so moist and delicious. This is the best german chocolate frosting that I've ever tasted item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe was easy. It was long to prepare, but it was easy to do. I could stand a little bit more chocolate flavoring in the cake but other than that, really great cake! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the most delicious German Chocolate Cake I have ever made. In the past I have had trouble with cakes made from sratch, but this one is perfect! Made it for my dad's birthday. The filling was rich and delicious. Amazing that there was enough left to put on the cake : item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is definitely for 3 layers. Note directions for putting the cake together. Batter made 3 perfectly full layers baked @ 350 for 30 minutes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everyone LOVED this cake. Moist and decadent just as it should be. Thanks for the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love German Chocolate cake. I made this cake and it was the best I have ever had.Better than my mothers,grandmothers and better that the backery across the street. item not reviewed by moderator and published
THE BEST German Chocolate cake I ever had. Everyone at the birthday party agreed!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! The cake was moist, the filling was incredibly rich, and the fudgy frosting (the Throwdown Cookbook has a suggested recipe gave it a great balance. I'm guessing the reviewers who ended up with too much batter were using 8-inch cake pans. The recipe calls for 9-inch round pans, and I had the perfect amount of batter for the two pans. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this cake a bunch of times and it is AWESOME! I made a light chocolate icing and only put the coconut filling between the layers. Everyone raves about the cake, and is always a huge hit. People are always requesting me to make this cake! So, for me the coconut filling is enough for 2 cakes...I put half in a ziploc bag and put int he freezer until I need to make another cake! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best German Chocolate Cake I have ever had. I made several of them for a bake sale at Church and not only did it sell out first but people are still raving about it. Thanks Aliyyah item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake was AWESOME!!!! so moist and so yummy, totally worth the time and effort but I think next time I will make cupcakes =) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake is SOOOOOO Good. I made it for my mom and mother-in-law for Mother's Day and they went on and on about how good this was. Even my finacee loved it and he hates coconut. I made a one layer cake and cupcakes and both came out perfect even though i forgot to add the egg whites. Def making again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake is WINDERFUL!!! I LOVE to cook, therefore enjoy spending some love on a recipe, in the past, I am not very good at scratch cakes, I prefer box, this was for a friends wedding celebration, this is she wanted German Chocolate, I just could not do a box! This cake is MOIST, flavorful, and a whole lotta love went into it. It takes 9 eggs! wow! I used 2 10" pans, just right! All of her guests raved on this cake, so I give this one many many 5 stars!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The smell of the filling simmering made my sons mouth water. I made this cake for my husband and two children, and they all loved it. This is a recipe for keeps :-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this cake the other day for my girlfriend's birthday and it came out perfect! It really had that distinct European flavor to it. The cake held together extremely well and it was a huge success! I'd never made a cake from scratch before either! The only thing i changed was i used a raspberry filling recipe that i found elsewhere instead of the one called for in this recipe. First try and it was a success so i'd give it 5 stars. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake was super moist, excellent taste. When assembling, it takes some skill because it's so moist. I really liked it and will make it again. For the sides and pipping I added one of my own chocolate frostings. If you follow the recipe it will turn out great, thank you ! My partner loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Today was the first time I made a German chocolate cake and I read most of all the reviews before I began and I must say my cake came out PERFECT!!! I DO know why the others complained of their cakes falling apart and not working out is because they can't either #1. Cook or #2. read simple directions and because of their ignorance bash this wonderful cake. All I have to say is this cake is amazing and I highly recommend it. P.S Read the directions and use common sense like grease and flour the cake pans.. so it wont fall apart LOLOLOL!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i am so grateful for this recipe. it is pretty easy & it tastes so on point. completely soft & moist & devine. i made a two layer cake & then a dozen cupcakes. i had about 2 1/2 cups of coconut frosting leftover & i was generous with it. i frosted the side of the cake with canned chocolate frosting. iwanted it to be pretty like her's, but homemade would have been better. i got restless because i'm a new mom! anyway, thankyou for my new favorite recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So i decided to make a friend and family favorite when visiting a friend at her new home. i go thru all the trouble of making this cake with all the steps and time consuming ingredients to have the cake OVERFLOW IN THE OVEN!!!!!! the directions say 2 NINE INCH ROUNDS well you need more like 3 or 4, then on top of the smoking kitchen and messy oven i have now, the cake stuck to the pan and i ended up having to chop it up and make a truffle display instead. It also took wayyyyy longer than 1/2 hr to cook. I love this cake. dont get to wrong. it was the most delicious, moist , yummy cake ive ever had but someone needs to change the recipe on here!!! i will def try this again but next time im separating it into 4 round pans. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My cakes came out perfect. The only thing I added was 1t. instant espresso to the batter. Delicious!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
German Chocolate Cake is a family fave for many generations, but would suggest using 2-1/2 C of Cake Flour. The original 50 yr old classic German Chocolate recipe can be found in Betty Crocker's Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Cook Today, 9th Edition. item not reviewed by moderator and published
In regards to the comment about the topping.... The coconut-pecan frosting should go on each layer by itself- so cake layer, topped with coconut-pecan frosting, then add another cake layer and more coconut pecan frosting then the final cake layer and the rest of the coconut-pecan frosting. The chocolate frosting, if you choose to make one, should go on the sides of the cakes. Also the recipes says only 2- 9 inch round cakes, but it should actually be three item not reviewed by moderator and published
No this isn't bobby's cake....this was his competitor's cake(aliyyah) as clearly noted. I followed all her instructions and my cake came out FANTASTIC.....i added just a tad bit more chocolate and for the frosting...i added some coconut flavored rum, like bobby did.....the cake came out so gooooooood!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is not the recipe from the Throw Down with Bobby Flay. This cake, as others have commented, falls apart. Part of it fell apart before assembly on one of the three layers. Then, when frosting the sides it started to crumble. Then, when we cut it to eat it the cake crumbled. So disappointing. The recipe is basically the recipe from the Baker's German Chocolate box - the butter, salt and sugar are different. However, the butter and salt work out to be the same when you add the salt to the unsalted butter. I will not make this recipe again. The cake fell apart and didn't have much flavor. The filling was very good, but not good enough that I would make this cake again. I am disappointed and will use a different recipe next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is not the recipe for Bobby Flays Throwdown German Chocolate cake. This is the recipe for Aliyyah Baylors cake. She was and is the owner of Make My Cake!! Bobby Flays cake is here, just have to look for it. Have not made this yet, but plan too. I had to give it a rating to post, hope I can edit my review to give it the stars I am sure it deserves. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I may be a bit off here but did not cake on the Throwdown look a bit darker than you cake in this recipe. I'm just wondering if anyone else noticed that or was it just me. I know I have four eyes and I may be mistaken, but the cake served on the program was mighty dark and rich looking and the one I made was not. Hummm! Oh yes, it was delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was wondering, are you supposed to put the filling and then frost with chocolate frosting on top of the filling, or just filling in the middle and frosting on the tops and sides? I have a feeling that if you try to frost over the filling, it might turn into a gooey mess. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake is moist, and rich. All the flavors blend together in such decadent harmony I'm at a loss to even describe it well. It wasn't even difficult to make. Everyone should try this cake at least once. item not reviewed by moderator and published
CAKE WIITHOUT THE CHOCOLATE FROSTING, JUST IS NOT A GOOD CAKE..... COME ON POST THE RECIPE.......... YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake and frosting were VERY easy to make and it turned out to be super moist and beautiful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The first time i made this cake and it was awesome, but im trying to make it now and te frosting is not coming out quite right i dont understand what i did different. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love German Chocolate cake. I made this cake twice and it fell apart each time. Seemed to be too moist. Nonetheless, it was a delicious pile to eat from. Just wish it would stay together. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The frosting and cake itself were great but after I let them cool they fell apart into little pieces. That was my only problem. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the official birthday cake of my husband now :D item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had the german cake from Make My Cake was the best cake I've ever had and the owner was a sweetheart but the recipe here didn't have an oven temp. or cooktime! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this cake! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Although I am not a fan of coconut, this cake contains just the right amount of it! I recently made the trip to Make My Cake to see what the hype was all about. It was well worth the trip! Not to mention, the customer service was amazing and the owner herself is very pleasant and available to her customers and community (she was sitting on the stoop of her shop with some Harlem locals). I would definitely recommend this cake to everyone. Be assured that I will be attempting to make this cake the first chance I get! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the first cake I've ever made from scratch, and while it was harder than the box-style, I was blown away by the delicious results! The frosting recipe is perfect, and the flavor is great. I wanted to make this ever since I saw the Throwdown episode! I've never seen so much drama on a recipe review board! This cake is delicious, fun to make, and it great for company or birthdays or whenever. I will make this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the cake receipe thats inside the german chocolate bar!!! All she did was put in chocolate chips and the chocolate frosting which are NOT needed. The dark cholocate overwhelms the delicate flavor of the german chocolate and the wonderful coconut pecan frosting (also inside the package of german chocolate) She should be embarassed by using their receipe and claiming it for her own. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this cake and I have to say that it was incredible. WOW. The pecan frosting was amazing. The cake was moist and was perfectly flavored. It was so delicious. I made a standard ganache to top it all off, which was just the semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla and heavy cream recipe another reviewer recommended. I also remembered to add about a cup of chocolate chips to the cake before baking it at 350 for about 28 mins. The only true downfall of the cake is that I don't live with anyone that eats chocolate or nuts so I basically ate the entire cake in 4 days and the cake is huge! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love to bake but had never attempted a German Chocolate Cake before. I am the neighborhood cook and I'm always sharing cookies, cake etc with the neighbors. Our neighbor across the street had a birthday a few days ago and german choclate is his favorite- so I tried this recipe. A couple of things- there is no temperature given to bake the cake in this recipe, so I guessed 350, which turhned out ok. In addition, there is nothing about preparing the pans- greasing, wax paper, nothing. The cakes stuck so badly that I had to start over- I used the recipe on the back of the German Chocolate box and it was wonderful! Last but not least, if you live at altitude (I live in Colorado), don't forget to adjust the recipe. I didn't the first time and it collapsed BADLY. I am usually thrilled by the recipes on this site and I was pretty disappointed with this one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake is awesome - I love and my husband hates german chocolate cake and even he raved about it. I used a chocolate buttercream frosting on the sides - the recipe from the back of a Hershey's Cocoa canister. I don't know if it's as good as the secret recipe, but someone who owns a small business is entitled to keep a few trade secrets. The coconut-pecan filling was incredible. The next time I go to New York I'm going to Harlem to try the real thing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ok, saw this recipe on t.v. last night and just had to run out, buy everything and try it. While my cake is baking, it starts overflowing my 9 inch pans and spills into my oven! I know the recipe says use 3 9 inch pans but, I used 2 and didn't use all the batter. I don't believe I over filled them either. They were no fuller than any other cake I've made. So I don't understand why it did that. I see no one else has had this problem so I assume I screwed up somewhere. Well I'll have to try again, but not today! I baked at 350 as another commenter suggested. I'm sad :( item not reviewed by moderator and published
For anyone who is interested I found a recipe for German Chocolate Cake that is almost exactly like "Make My Cake" Check out The Taste Of Home Cookbook! I have made that recipe many times and it is VERY GOOD,however make sure you grease,flour and use parchment paper to line the pans. The cake is delicate and wants to stick to the pan.Happy Baking!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Moist, easy, fluffy. . . basically a perfect German Chocolate Cake. And then I saw this episode again tonight. She goes through all of the steps, adding the flour, melted chocolate, and then chocolate chips. . . Chocolate chips? That wasn't listed in the recipe!!! Oh well, the cake was beautiful and tastey, but next time I might sneak in a cup or two of those chocolate chips that were missing from the recipe :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was on a cooking/baking spree today (made homemade biscuits with buttermilk roast chicken for dinner and German Chocolate cake for dessert). After reading the reviews here, I decided to use the recipe I had in my Joy of Cooking cookbook for the cake and this recipe for the coconut pecan frosting. Coconut pecan is one of my most favorite frostings, and this recipe is the best one (by far!) that I've ever tried. Incidentally, the cake recipe ingredients are very similar, but the JOC instructions are much more complete, which can make all the difference in how a dish turns out. I had intended to make a chocolate frosting for the top and sides of the cake, but I ran out of time. That turned out to be just fine, because I had enough coconut pecan frosting to fill both inside layers of the 3-layer cake and plenty left over to frost the top and sides as well. I know it's not traditional, but since I had enough I figured, "why not?" The whole process took more time than I had anticipated, but nothing was particularly difficult. item not reviewed by moderator and published
First time ever for making this cake, entered it in our county fair last week and won a blue ribbon! Would have liked the receipe to have been more complete; yet, it turned out great! Delicious and super moist!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I will be trying a combination of the 2 recipes today. I will let you know how it turns out item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an amazing cake ... I didn't watch the show, but I was searching for a German Chocolate cake to make for my friends surprise 50th birthday party ... I always check the food network site first ... I ignored the 3 star rating and I'm glad I did. Yes it was time consuming (probably because I doubled the batch twice to make a huge cake), but compared to the box cake mix ... I'd make it again in a heartbeat. The cake went over extremely well and I just used a homemade chocolate buttercream on the sides. For those that complained about the temp and time not being listed ... follow the temps that are listed on your cake pan inserts ... it's a no brainer ... Don't reduce the rating if you haven't tried the recipe or are just mad because they didn't give info like cooking temp/time or the secret recipe. I'm sure that secret recipe is what gives her business .... Would you want to give a recipe and risk losing business because everyone else could now make it at home ... Be Real! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw this recipe on tv and I told my husband that's what I want for my birthday. I love it, this recipy was outstanding, Bobby Flay is the best, I love him But my hubby really did a great job, everybody was really happy eating the amazing cake. Took him more time than other cakes, but it was worthy. Thanks to my hubby and of course to Bobby Flay to put this kind of recipes on the show. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This came out excellent. The cake was super moist and the filling was outstanding. I made a semi-sweet ganache for the frosting. My husband said it was the best German chocolate cake he's tasted. It was a lot of work, but the end result was worth it. I will definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This receipe takes too long and the results are not worth the time. The temperature is not included nor is the chocolate frosting receipe. The coconut pecan frosting is VERY GOOD just don't put it on this cake. Although the receipe does not say whether or not the pecans are chopped or how long to toast them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow! Some of you people are just nasty! Okay, so Bobby's recipe is not traditional. So what? It looked fabulous, and I was very disappointed that it is not on this website. I will look on Bobby's website, which several people were kind enough to suggest and someone even posted the address to. I will look there for the recipe and make that one. It looked better to me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is incomplete. There is no baking temperature for the cakes, there is also no mention of the chocolate chips as shown on the show, and there is no ?family secret chocolate icing? or at least a substitute recipe for a similar icing. I looked forward to trying this recipe but after reading it I won?t waste the time, ingredients and effort on a poorly written recipe. Bobby rescue us and post your winning recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Bobby's cake looked SO wonderful that is the one everyone wants to make! Anyone can get the other recipe and make up a chocolat frosting for the side. To give her incomplete recipe is crazy! Although I understand her wanting to keep it secret. We all want Bobby's recipe! Come on Food Network! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I personally liked the touch of coffee and strong chocolate. I am sure this recipe is also really good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I personally would like bobby's recipe for the german chocolate cake I've been searching food network for this recipe. Please,Please bobby I want your recipe for the german chocolate cake that you made in the fn test kitchen item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake was wonderful. I frosted with filling and it was an ultimate crowd please. However they never listed a temp so I baked it at 350 for 25 min. I highly recommend. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just got through watching both this show and the one on the Red Velvet Cake and I can't believe these judges. I know Bobby Flay is a great chef and all that but if you know anything about southern cooking (both my parents are from the South), you know that what he made is a Chocolate Cake not a German Chocolate Cake or a Red Velvet Cake. I think after seeing both shows Bobby was embarassed that he won. He knows he didn't make true versions of either cake. I'm sure they both tasted great, but neither cake is a true version. item not reviewed by moderator and published
DID ANYONE FIND BOBBY'S RECIPE?? I HAVE LOOKED AND UNABLE TO FIND item not reviewed by moderator and published
Bobby's recipe is the one I am searching for .Please make it available. I amgiving this 3 stars since both recipes were not posted, item not reviewed by moderator and published
..Aren't these judges suposed to be somewhat knowledgeable?...One of the judges even said "This is like the cake my mother made"...Bobby's cake looked more like a devils food cake with ganache...Bobby also won the next throw-down with guess what?...His version of a Red velvet cake...I thought Alyyah's cake was truer to a German's chocolate cake...it even looked better than Bobby's version... Bobby used three different kinds of milk?...What was up with the cream on the side?...Goats milk?...This reminds me of when Bobby won the mac-n-cheese throw-down with a casserole...I would love to see him take on another southern staple- The Sweet Potatoe Pie...He'd probably smoke the sweet potatoe and drizzle some spicy, caramel sauce on it...Hmmm, that dosen't sound too bad item not reviewed by moderator and published
I cant believe some of the comments listed here! Bobby Flay is an accomplished chef and I am a big fan, but his recipes aren't always the easiest to make (who wants to search for goats milk you'll use once?). German chocolate cake is one of those recipes that needs little variation. Aliyyah Baylors cake is delicious and easy to make. It varies little from the recipe on the box of Bakers German chocolate. The only difference is the brown sugar and cutting the white sugar by a 1/2 cup as well as the 1/4 tsp of baking powder (I don't notice a difference with or without it). The chocolate side frosting looked like a basic ganache and this is what I use: 4 oz semisweet chocolate, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1 tsp vanilla. Melt chocolate and cream together on low heat until even, add vanilla, chill 15 minutes, frost. There you go, mystery solved!!! I understand everyone wanting Bobby recipes but even chefs don't always get it right. Remember the jambalaya throwdown. Stieffels recipe is the gold standard for jambalaya. I wouldn't eats Bobby's jambalaya on a bet! item not reviewed by moderator and published
You guys are retarded. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Please post the oven temp item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a fabulous recipe. The cake was moist and the filling was awesome. It took a little time to complete but so worth the effort. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I cannot believe the comments I am reading. I always looks for the competitor's recipe. If they are good enough for Bobby Flay to throwdown with, then they are good enough to have their recipe posted. If you want Bobby's recipes go to his website. It's not that difficult. Quit your whining and get a life! I can't wait to try her recipe. It is a true German Chocolate Cake. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I rated this a one star because she did not give the complete recipe-she left out her "secret" icing, which is an integral part of the cake. Really stupid. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw this episode and desperately want to try both variations. I thought it was absolutely despicable for some of you to call this hard working lovely lady a LOSER! She is clearly and educated, hard-working and successful woman with what seems like a great respect for tradition and family values. For those of you who chose to be so indecent to call her a loser is offensive and you should not be allowed to post your vicious comments on this site. Congratulate her and Bobby for putting on a great competition. Then go away, shut your mouths and try both recipes before posting any more insults! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made a cake for my grandparents birthdays and I found Bobby's cake recipe from his website, but I didn't want to waste the time (or money!) trying to find goat's milk and other somewhat pricey and hard-to-find ingredients he used for his filling. So I used Aliyyah's filling on Bobby's cake. It's KILLER! :) You should definitely try it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I can't believe all of the whiners here complaining like petulent children. Guess what?!!? I wanted Bobbys recipe too. But guess what??!!?? I know how to use a ****** search engine and I found it. Why don't you do the same and stop lowering the rating on this poor girls recipe!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wish Make My Cake's cake had won--we all do-- the underdog and all. But I think it's fair to say that most of us watch this show to see Bobby Flay's masterful and creative take on traditional favorites. And we look forward to being able to try to recreate them at home. I can't understand why this one recipe has been withheld but I hope you'll reconsider. Please. Thank you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I too am extremly disapointed I watched the show last night and was quite eager to try the recipe for Bobby's cake, Now all I can find is the loser's cake, which I'm sure is really, really good, but it was not the cake that won and I think we should be able to try to make the winning cake, item not reviewed by moderator and published

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