A German Chocolate Cake recipe by Mrs. George Clay was first published in a 1957 ‘Recipe of the Day’ column of the Dallas Morning News.  It was referred to as ‘German’s Chocolate Cake’ (later simply ‘German Chocolate Cake’), not because it derived from Germany, but because Mrs. Clay’s recipe called for a sweet, dark baking chocolate known as ‘Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate’, developed in 1852 by chocolate maker, Samuel German, for the Baker’s Chocolate Company, an American brand.  General Mills, owner of the Baker’s brand at the time of publication, distributed the cake recipe to other US newspapers and printed it on German’s Sweet Chocolate packaging, and it became a big hit throughout America, increasing sales of German’s Sweet Chocolate by a reported 73%.  German Chocolate Cake is still popular today, and there are many variations and modified recipes.

The best birthday cupcakes were created from traditional German's Sweet Chocolate Cake recipe found in a grandmother's collection of cake recipes.

Source: Oma’s recipe collection


When it came time to bake cupcakes for a special birthday celebration, @pillbug went to her grandmother’s cake and pie recipe collection for inspiration.  It’s a well-used spiral notebook filled with Oma’s favorites from friends and relatives as well as clippings from newspapers and magazines, and on the first page is the German’s Sweet Chocolate Cake recipe she saved from a package of German’s Sweet Chocolate.  @pillbug used this traditional custard-like coconut/pecan frosting recipe for a German Chocolate Cupcake topping with sweet success:




Coconut-Pecan Frosting (makes 2 2/3 cups)

Combine 1 cup evaporated milk, 1 cup sugar, 3 egg yolks, ¼ lb (=½ cup) margarine, and 1 teaspoon vanilla

Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened (about 12 minutes)

Add 1 & 1/3 cups flake coconut and 1 cup chopped pecans

Beat until thick enough to spread


We made a traditional Coconut-Pecan frosting for German Chocolate Cupcakes, and decorated with a single red rose.

German Chocolate Cupcakes decorated with sugar red rose garnish


German Chocolate Cake (Wikipedia)
Inside Out German Chocolate Cake, Perfecting Deliciousness (October 11, 2014), recipe & step-by-step instructions for a version of the famous Bridge Street Bakery specialty cake, “Inside-out German Chocolate Cake” featured in Gourmet Magazine (March 2000) and now offered for purchase via mail-order.


Pumpkin bread is a fall classic and always a favoriteAnother family favorite for fall→ Perfectly sweet & spiced Pumpkin Bread 




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Posted by Zola Zeester

Zola is a vagabond playmaker, the On2In2™ recreation guru and primary source of inspiration for this article. Currently resides at Zeester Media HQ.

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  1. Love these cupcakes! Thank you @pillbug

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