German Chocolate Cake Recipe

 German chocolate cake is not "German". It refers to German's chocolate, a type of chocolate developed by Sam German in 1852 for the Baker's Chocolate Company. The recipe is very Texan, from a Dallas/Fort Worth State Fair.

German Chocolate Cake


I typically use the 1234 cake recipe from the back of the Swan’s Down cake flour box. But, here also is the cake recipe for this one. The custard frosting recipe makes a lot and you will have left over frosting for topping on Rice Krispie Treats.


3 cups sugar

1 ½ cups, that is, 3 sticks, unsalted butter

3 cups evaporated milk

12 egg yolks, beaten

3 cups flaked and sweetened coconut

3 cups of chopped pecans

3 teaspoons of vanilla extract


Combine the ingredients except the vanilla, coconut and pecans in a sauce pan and cook over medium heat, stirring until thickened for about 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes and then add the coconut, vanilla and pecans and set aside.


This cake recipe calls for 350 F oven, floured (3) 10 inch pans

2 ½ cups AP flour (assumed 120 g per cup)or, try it with cake flour

1 ½ cups unsweetened cocoa powder

1 ½ teaspoons salt, or less if preferred

1 tablespoon baking soda

1 tablespoon baking powder

3 cups sugar

5 large eggs

1 ½ cups buttermilk (the acid in the buttermilk will react with the baking soda)

1 ½ cups strong coffee

1 ½ sticks of softened & unsalted butter.


As bakers, you know that you  beat your softened butter with your sugar until creamy. Then you add eggs. Then the wet ingredients. Separately, you’ve whisked together the dry ingredients and you add these just until blended.


For less of each, divide these recipes in half. Baking time is about 25-30 minutes.

Picnics - Fried Chicken Picnics in 2023

Three "road trip" church picnics with fried chicken, or barbecue, or both, and more, are coming up on May 28:
SHINER: Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church Spring Festival. Shiner’s famous three-meat plates (fried chicken, picnic stew and country sausage) served from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. for $13. Drive-through plates to go for $15. Music in the air-conditioned hall by Rusty Steins from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., The Shiner Hobo Band from 2-4 p.m., and Mark Halata and Texavia from 4-7 p.m. Music outside by Das Ist Lustig from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 10-year-old rising star Michael Dutka from 12:30-2 p.m., Blue Denim from 2-4 p.m., Stephanie Ross and The Southern Drive Band from 4:30-7 p.m. Chris Rybak Band from 7-10:30 p.m. Dance at night by The Emotions from 9 p.m.-midnight. Country store opens at 8 a.m., auction at noon, bingo from 3-7 p.m. Grocery wheel, plant wheel, ring toss, ball throw and many more games for the whole family.
HALLETTSVILLE: Sacred Heart Spring Picnic at the Hallettsville KC Hall. Fried chicken and stew dinner from 10:30-1:30 p.m., plates $12. Auction, raffle, games and fun for all ages. Live music by Kovanda Czech Band from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Texas Sound Check and The Red Ravens from 1-7 p.m.

SERBIN: Serbin Picnic at the Serbin Picnic Grounds (off FM 2239). English worship at 8:30 a.m. Barbecue beef, pork and chicken sold by the pound starting at 9 a.m. Trimmings including potato salad, beans, noodles and pastries of all kinds will be sold by Ladies Aid. Youth league hamburger stand open from 4-7:30 p.m. Baseball game between the Shiner Clippers and Serbin Jackrabbits starts at 2 p.m. Children’s program at 2 p.m. Children booths and games also start at 2 p.m. Barrel train rides for the kids starting at 2:30 p.m. Entertainment by Czech Melody Masters from 2-8 p.m. The Texas Wendish Heritage Museum will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

I am thinking about starting the 2023 calendar events a little later in the year than usual. I've been doing it for many years now. In the meantime, I am recommending that you subscribe to PolkaBeat's newsletter that will list the picnics as they occur, along with postings for great music and festivals in 2023.