Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Best Birthday Cake Ever

When it comes to birthday cake everyone in my family has the same request, a quadruple layer hybridized German Chocolate Cake! It may look impressive but it is easy to make. I use the Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Cake recipe, but make 4 8" rounds and alternate chocolate butter cream with coconut pecan frosting.

Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Cake
2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  2 Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
 3 Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.

Grease and flour four 8-inch round baking pans. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 25 to 30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.

Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons milk

Combine all ingredients with an electric mixer

Coconut Pecan Frosting
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 beaten egg yolks
1 tea vanilla
1 1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 cup toasted, chopped pecans

Toast pecans on a dry cast iron skillet over medium heat, set aside
Combine the first 4 ingredients in a sauce pan, bring to a low boil, cook for 10 minutes, remove from heat
Add vanilla, coconut and toasted pecans
Cool completely before applying to the cake


* Crystal * said...

Wow! That looks great!!! I love german chocolate cake, but its a rarity here due to hubby's coconut allergy.

Paula said...

This looks delish, incredible. Looks like yoiur family had a great time. To whom I should extend my belated birthday wishes?

Yet I am always surprised about the German chocolate cake here in the USA.There is nothing German in this cake!Giggle, guess I will have to bake a German one ;-)

Christy said...

Yes! Bake a real one so I can see :) When I bake this I always think, this is as German as french fries are French lol!!

My Daughter, Chloe, turned 10! They grow up so fast...

The Zany Housewife said...

The cake looks great! I'll have to add this to my ever-growing list of recipes to try.

p.s. love your blog!

Pam's Pride said...

Drooling!!! That looks so yummylicious!!