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‘German’ chocolate cake

Adam Liaw

This is actually an American cake. The name comes from the Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate Bar that originally popularised it.


440g (2 cups) caster sugar

300g (2 cups) plain flour

125g cocoa powder

1 tsp salt

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

2 eggs

250 ml milk

125g butter, melted

1 tsp vanilla extract

For the pecan and coconut icing

80g soft brown sugar 

80g caster sugar

120g butter

3 large egg yolks

170ml evaporated milk (half a 340ml can)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup chopped pecans, plus extra to serve

1 cup desiccated coconut


1. Grease 2 x 22cm round baking tins and boil the kettle. Heat your oven to 170C fan-forced (190C conventional). 

2. In a mixing bowl, combine the caster sugar, flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder and baking soda and stir to combine. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, melted butter and vanilla. Whisk the wet and dry ingredients together, add 1 cup of boiling water and whisk until batter is thin and smooth. 

3. Divide the batter evenly between the two cake tins and bake for 30 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre of each cake comes out clean. Cool in the pan for a few minutes, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.

4. For the icing, combine the sugars, butter, egg yolks, evaporated milk and vanilla in a small pan. Stir over medium heat until the mixture starts to simmer. Continue for a few minutes until it begins to thicken, then stir through the nuts and coconut. Cool completely. 

5. Cover the top of one of the cakes with icing, then place the second cake on top and generously spread the top of that cake with icing. Add extra pecans and serve.