RECONSTRUCTED GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE with TOASTED COCONUT MOCHA BUTTERCREAM ICING

This is one of the lightest and fluffiest cakes I have ever made. Almost burning the toasted coconut adds a complex layer of flavor and crunch.

RECONSTRUCTED GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE with TOASTED COCONUT MOCHA BUTTERCREAM ICING
CAKE
4 ounces German Sweet Chocolate
1/2 cup  water
4 eggs, separated
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon  baking soda
1/4 teaspoon  salt
1 cup  butter, softened
2 cups  sugar
1 teaspoon PURE vanilla
1 cup  buttermilk

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Spray pan(s) with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Microwave chocolate and water in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring after every 30 seconds. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.
  • Beat egg whites in small bowl with mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form; set aside. 
  • Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. 
  • Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. 
  • Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each. 
  • Blend in melted chocolate and vanilla. 
  • Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating until well blended after each addition.
  • Add egg whites; stirring gently until well blended. Pour into prepared pans.
  • BAKE 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. 
  • Immediately run small spatula around cakes in pans. 
  • Cool cakes in pans 10-15 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. 

ICING**
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 teaspoon PURE vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
1 +/- tablespoons milk
1 cup “burnt” toasted coconut
1/2 batch Caramel

  • Cream butter.
  • Add powdered sugar one cup at a time to the butter and bled well.
  • Add vanilla and stir until smooth.
  • Microwave chocolate on HIGH 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring after every 30 seconds. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.
  • Add chocolate to sugar mixture, blending well.
  • Add milk until desired consistency.
  • Fold in 1/4 cup toasted coconut to icing.
  • Ice cake and top with remaining toasted coconut.
  • Just before serving pour a bit of warm Caramel on top,

**If making a 2-3 layers cake double the icing so you have enough for between layers and on the sides.

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