German Chocolate Cake

I made this for Adam’s birthday.  I found the recipe online from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.  I didn’t use their frosting but used the Lion House frosting recipe listed below instead.


1/2 cup water

4 (1 ounce) squares German sweet chocolate (use 6!)

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups white sugar

4 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup buttermilk

2 1/2 cups cake flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 egg whites

Waldorf Astoria Frosting: (Use the Lion House Frosting below)

1 cup white sugar

1 cup evaporated milk

1/2 cup butter

3 egg yolks, beaten

1 1/3 cups flaked coconut

1 cup chopped pecans

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon shortening

1 (1 ounce) square semisweet chocolate


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 3 – 9 inch round pans. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a small saucepan, heat water and 4 (use 6!) ounces chocolate until melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

1. In a large bowl, cream 1 cup butter and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in 4 egg yolks one at a time. Blend in the melted chocolate mixture and vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk, mixing just until incorporated.

2.  In a large glass or metal mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold 1/3 of the whites into the batter, then quickly fold in remaining whites until no streaks remain.

3.  Pour into 3 – 9 inch pans Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto wire rack.

4. To make the Filling: In a saucepan combine 1 cup sugar, evaporated milk, 1/2 cup butter, and 3 egg yolks. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut, pecans and vanilla. Cool until thick enough to spread.

5.  Optional: Spread filling between layers and on top of cake. In a small saucepan, melt shortening and 1 ounce of chocolate. Stir until smooth and drizzle down the sides of the cake.

Lion House Frosting: This needs to be doubled to cover the layers, sides and top of the Waldorf Astoria German Chocolate Cake Recipe.

3 egg yolks

1 cup sugar

1 cup evaporated milk

1/2 cup butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/3 cups flaked coconut

1 cup chopped pecans

Combine egg yolks, sugar, evaporated milk, and butter in saucepan.  Cook and stir over medium heat till thickened, 12 to 15 minutes.  Add anilla, coconut, and pecans.  Beat till thick.  Spread between layers and on top of cake. 

Note: If you don’t have much time, use this frosting recipe with a packaged chocolate cake or german chocolate cake mix.

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