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German Chocolate Cake

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German Chocolate Cake Recipe

I have a secret to share with you… I’ve never really liked German Chocolate Cake.   I think the root of it is that I never really cared for coconut.  I love chocolate.  I love nuts.  I love frosting.  But I did not love coconut.  Until I did.

I’m not sure when my tastes changed but when I started this cake business 4 years ago – I didn’t like almond flavoring… and now I can’t get enough of it.  I didn’t like coconut in my desserts… and now I could eat German Chocolate Cake Balls or Italian Cream Cupcakes every.single.day.   I really couldn’t tolerate Red Velvet Cake… well, I still hate Red Velvet, but that’s another story for another day.

German Chocolate Cake Frosted with Pecans

Anyway… I rarely make German Chocolate Cake – it’s just not requested that often, but I was really happy that this last time I made it, I had a little extra batter and that’s when I made these German Chocolate Cupcakes.

And boy-oh-boy where they amazing!    I mean really, really that good.  And the frosting is from scratch and it’s good enough to eat straight from a spoon! Anyway, I’m getting off-track.

German Chocolate Layers Cake Recipe

My uncle asked me to make this cake for him.  He had never asked me to make a cake before, so I really wanted to do a good job.  He asked for lots of the Coconut Pecan Frosting – so I doubled down and put LOTS of it between the layers.  You don’t have to do that – but I’m not going to tell you that you could ever have too much frosting, so go for it!

Anyway, if you’re ready… here’s the recipe:

German Chocolate Cake
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Serves: 20
For the Cake
  • 1 (4 oz.) bar of German’s sweet chocolate (I prefer Baker’s brand OR you could also substitute 4 oz. of milk chocolate chips)
  • 1 (16.5 oz.) box of German Chocolate cake mix
  • 2 oz. all-purpose flour
  • 1 (3.5 oz.) box of instant vanilla pudding
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 oz. sour cream
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
For the frosting:
  • 1 (12 oz) can of evaporated milk
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 12 tablespoons salted butter
  • 4 large egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sweetened, flaked coconut
  • 1½ cups chopped pecans
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.   Lightly spray (3) 8″ round pans with cake release spray (or use [my homemade version|http://rosebakes.com/wfmw-homemade-pan-release-ie-bakers-joy/]).
  2. Break the milk chocolate bar into pieces (or milk chocolate chips) and place them in a microwave safe dish. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until the chocolate is completely melted.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted chocolate, cake mix, flour, pudding mix, water, sour cream, oil, and eggs. Beat on low until the ingredients are incorporated and then on high for 2 more minutes. The batter will be smooth and thick.
  4. Divide the batter evenly into (3) 8″ pans.
  5. Bake until the top springs back when touches, usually for 28-32 minutes.
  6. While the cake is baking, make the frosting:
  7. Place the evaporated milk, sugar, butter, egg yolks and vanilla in a large boiler over medium heat.
  8. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick and golden brown. This took about 12 minutes for me.
  9. Remove from the heat and stir in the coconut and pecans.   Allow it to cool to room temperature (I stuck mine in the frig – it got a little too thick, but it worked!). It’ll take at least 30 minutes to cool to room temperature if left out.
  10. Assemble the cake by alternating layers of cake and frosting.  I love the look of piling up the frosting between layers and then a big pile on top OR you could do thinner layers between the cakes and cover the entire outside with frosting.  I recommend covering the entire outside if you will not be serving immediately so the cake does not dry out.
  11. Enjoy!!

This recipe was slightly adapted from The Cake Mix Doctor Returns cookbook.

If you have any questions, leave me a comment!

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Here are some other chocolate recipes you  might enjoy:

German Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

German Chocolate Cupcakes

One Bowl Chocolate Cake with Brownie Batter Frosting and Ganache

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

Biscoff Cookie Butter Filled Chocolate Cookies WM

Chocolate Cookies with Biscoff Cookie Butter Filling

German Chocolate Cake Balls Cover

German Chocolate Cake Balls

How to Make an Easy Christmas Candy Tray

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How to Make an Easy Christmas Candy Tray at RoseBakes.com

If you’ve waited until the last minute and are out of gift ideas – how about giving the gift of food?  More importantly… sweets!!

That’s the best kind, right??    If this is an idea that might work for you, keep reading!  I’m going to tell you How to Make an Easy Christmas Candy Tray!

PS – this is also an easy way to make some money around Christmas if you like to do this sort of thing!  The cookies & candies I’m going to list here are mostly easy and affordable and sell like crazy!!

You’ll just have to go shopping and invest some time and love :)

Here’s the first tray that I made….

Christmas Candy Tray wm

I waited until sort of last minute to work on the tray so I had to come up with some goodies I could make in a hurry!  I settled on White-Chocolate Dipped Oreos, Peppermint Bark, Chocolate Peanut Clusters, Pecan Pralines and Decorated Sugar Cookies (they actually do not come together in a hurry but I had extras from another order the same day).

Then I made this tray the another day:

Christmas Candy Tray 2

…doesn’t that look yummy?  Same things without the cookies!  Anywho… I made a batch of each of these and dipped the Oreos all in around 2 hours.  I also made some dipped Nutter Butters for another event.

If you make large batches, you could put several trays together for gift-giving!

And one more…

Candy Tray

This one had Peppermint Bark, Chocolate Peanut Clusters, Pecan Pralines, Graham Cracker Nut Roll and Frosted Sugar Cookies .

Here’s what I used to make my trays:

  • 9×13 Aluminum Pans with Lids.  You can get these for a dollar or two in any dollar store, Walmart, or even grocery stores.  You could also use the candy tins or plastic bowls they sell this time of year – they’re quite festive and inexpensive.  I opted for the larger pan so I could get more goodies into them!
  • Wax Paper or Parchment Paper to line the pan – it just makes it look nicer.
  • A pretty bow or ribbon to put on top!
  • And then the candy… I choose to do a variety of 4 or 5 cookies & candies for each tray I’ve done.  You could do more or less depending on how much time you have, how much you want to spend (recipes with pecans cost more, for example), or what your customers or recipients like!

SO, I’ve rounded up some recipes here on my blog that are not difficult, mostly inexpensive (except for the pecans) and YUMMY (most important!!), plus a couple of other ideas that are a little more work but still fantastic!

With the exception of the marshmallow dips, they would all work beautifully in a candy tray and actually, you could do the marshmallows without the stick and they’d work too!

Here you go:

Graham Cracker Nut Roll with Logo

Graham Cracker Nut Roll

Dark Chocolate Peanut Clusters

Chocolate Peanut Clusters – these don’t have to be “dark” – use milk chocolate or semi-sweet!

Easy Peppermint Bark Logo

Peppermint Bark

Easy Pecan Pralines

Easy Pecan Pralines

Easy Chocolate Crackle Cookies Close

Fresh Baked Cookies – Sugar Cookies or White Chocolate Pecan Snowball Cookies or the Easy Chocolate Crackle Cookies or the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies or these Oatmeal Pecan Cookies…. the sky is the limit – any cookie you like to bake that is no-fuss!

White Chocolate Dipped Oreos and Nutter Butters

White Chocolate Dipped Oreos and/or Nutter Butters (with Christmas sprinkles)

Okay – now for a few other ideas – not as convenient to pack into a tray, but easy nonetheless and you could make them work!

How to Make Easy Peppermint Marshmallow Dips for Hot Chocolate or a Sweet Gift

Easy Peppermint Marshmallow Dips

Christmas Crunch

Christmas Crunch – this one might not be so easy to put into a tray, but you could put it into small sandwich bags to give as classroom gifts, teacher gifts, or sell them by the dozen!

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Sticks

Giant Dipped Pretzel Sticks – these were dipped for Valentines, but use Christmas Sprinkles instead and you can have them ready in no-time and they’re festive and yummy!

Do you have any questions?   Other ideas?  I’d love to hear them!   You can truly make a candy & cookie tray as simple or as fancy as you like but I can guarantee you… whoever you give it to will love it!!

You can pin this image to save the idea for later…

How to Make an Easy Christmas Candy Tray

Easy Pecan Pralines

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Easy Pecan Pralinbes

For years and years I’ve made pralines but never Easy Pecan Pralines.  You see – the recipes I used in the past required candy thermometers or microwaving with just the right bowl and a wooden spoon.  They were always finicky and didn’t always turn out right.

However, last year, after my microwave pralines recipe failed me again, I decided I had to find a recipe that was more reliable.

Pecan Pralines

I started searching and trying and I finally landed on a recipe at Tasty Kitchen.   I’ve made it 20+ times probably and it only failed me once…. it’s now the only recipe I use.

I should mention… I’m not quite sure why the recipe failed that day (the pralines wouldn’t set up) – the only difference was I made them at my Mama’s house and not mine.  I even brought all of the ingredients from my house to hers… they just didn’t work that day.

It probably had something to do with my whole family being there and I was running my mouth the entire time I was making them… I’m sure I mis-measured something or didn’t let them boil quite a full minute.  I don’t know – it’ll forever be a mystery :)


Oh wait – but I should make it clear that the day wasn’t a total loss… every single crumb of the pralines were still eaten – we just used spoons to scoop them up!


You see… this big ole family of mine wouldn’t let pralines go to waste – even if they were sticky!! Hahaha.,.. I love my family!

Anyway, I’ve been making candy/cookie trays this Christmas season and in every tray, I’ve included some pralines so I thought it was about time I shared the recipe.

You can see one of the trays I made here… along with the Christmas Crunch Recipe and here’s another I made this morning:

Candy Tray

None of my trays have been exactly the same so far… this one included Pecan Pralines, Sugar Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream, Chocolate Peanut Clusters, Peppermint Bark & Graham Cracker Nut Roll.

Anyway… back to the pralines recipe.  When I say it’s easy – I mean, really, really easy.  Are you ready?

Here’s the printable recipe:

Easy Pecan Pralines
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Serves: 24
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cups salted butter (half a stick)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1½ cups pecan halves (or chopped pecans)
  1. Line a large cookie sheet (or two) with parchment paper.
  2. Place the brown sugar, whipping cream, butter & vanilla in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for about 1 minute, then remove it from the heat. Immediately whisk in the powdered sugar, then gently stir in the pecans.
  3. Allow the mixture to thicken and cool slightly, but it only takes a minute or two.
  4. Drop heaping spoonfuls of the praline mixture onto paper and allow it to cool and set up for at least 30 minutes. You can speed this up by popping the sheet in the frig if you're impatient like me ;)

Easy Pralines Recipe