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Home Care Recipes: German Chocolate Cake

Home Care Referral Services in Clayton, NC

Homecare-in-Clayton-NCWhether it is a special occasion or you just want to add some fun and excitement to another day in your home care journey with your aging loved one, baking a cake is a wonderful way to bond with them, stimulate their minds, and create lasting memories. This delicious German chocolate cake recipe is a classic for the holidays, making it perfect for an activity that you can do to get ready for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, or just for enjoying with their non-medical referred caregiver.

What You Will Need

  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, leveled and spooned, and more for dusting
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil and more for greasing
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 ounces of semisweet chocolate, chopped roughly
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fine salt
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 1/2 cups of pecans
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 3/4 cup of packed light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon of fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup and two tablespoons of heavy cream
  • 8 ounces of chopped semisweet chocolate
  • Pastry bag with a star tip
  • 2 9 inch round cake pans
  • Whisk
  • Small bowl
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • An electric mixer
  • Spatula
  • Cooling rack
  • A baking sheet
  • Sharp knife
  • Large bowl
  • Medium bowl
  • Small saucepan
  • Serving plate
  • Serving spoon
  • Plastic wrap

What to Do

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  • Coat the cake pans with oil lightly and dust with flour
  • Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa in the small bowl and set aside
  • Microwave the semisweet chocolate for 45 seconds
  • Remove and stir
  • Microwave again for 30 seconds
  • Remove and stir
  • Repeat the last two steps until completely melted
  • Set aside
  • Beat the oil, sugar and eggs in the electric mixer on medium until smooth
  • Beat in the melted chocolate
  • Beat in the milk and flour mixture, alternating until incorporated
  • Add half the milk and mix until incorporated
  • Repeat until mixed, but try not to over mix
  • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans
  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes
  • Let cool in the pans for 10 minutes
  • Run a thin spatula around the edges and then turn the cakes onto a cooling rack
  • Allow to cool completely
  • Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until toasted, tossing once
  • Finely chop the pecans
  • Whisk the egg yolks and milk together in the medium saucepan until smooth
  • Add in the brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, vanilla and salt
  • Cook on medium heat until it has thickened, 5 to 6 minutes, stirring constantly
  • Pour the mixture into a large bowl
  • Stir in the pecans and coconut and allow to cool
  • Put the remaining chocolate into a medium bowl
  • Heat 1 cup of cream on medium heat in a small saucepan until steaming but not boiling
  • Pour over the chocolate
  • Allow to stand for a few minutes
  • Whisk until smooth
  • Let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes to one hour, until thick but not set
  • Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of cream into the chocolate mix
  • Beat with an electric mixer on medium
  • Beat until light in color and fluffy for one minute
  • Spoon 1 cup of frosting into the pastry bag
  • Put one cake layer right side up on the serving plate
  • Top with half the filling
  • Top with the second cake layer
  • Add the remaining filling, spreading it 1/2 inch from the edge
  • Frost the sides, decorating around the top edge with the pastry bag frosting
  • Loosely cover with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature overnight
  • Unwrap and serve

Modified from this recipe.

If you or an aging loved one are considering non-medical in-home care in Raleigh, NC, call Griswold Home Care and speak to one of our caring staff members today. Call (919) 229-8944