My husband's birthday cake request every year is German Chocolate.
Honestly, I used to have German Chocolate cake. Canned frosting that was oddly textured. Having made it now several times with fresh ingredients, I can honestly say that it is growing on me.
Ok, so I still cheat on the cake and use a mix for the cake. But boxed cake mix usually turns out quite nice. And yes, I made a heart-shaped cake. My husband is a Valentine's baby. I bought a heart-shaped cake pan years ago, and it gets plenty of use.
Not everyone in the family is in love with the coconut pecan frosting that differentiates this cake from every other chocolate cake, so I made sure to start with the best chocolate frosting and serve the coconut-pecan on the side.
For the coconut-pecan frosting, I use the recipe from the America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. To ice the cake, I made Bunny Frosting.
- 8 oz dark chocolate Easter bunnies. (A pair of formerly 6-oz bunnies, now headless, is slightly more than enough)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract