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Is German Chocolate Cake Even German?


The Christmas holidays mean scrumptious desserts, and Checkers Old Munchen German restaurant has many wonderful choices, like Homemade Apple Strudel, Black Forest Cake, German Chocolate Cake, Kelly’s Raspberry Sponge Cake and Kelly’s Pineapple Upside-Down Cake.

German Chocolate Cake is the dessert that probably comes to mind first when thinking about German desserts. The interesting thing, though, is that this pastry didn’t originate in Germany — it comes from the United States.

German Chocolate Cake actually got its name not from the country but from German’s Sweet Chocolate, a type of chocolate developed by Sam German for the Baker’s Chocolate Company (now a subsidiary of Kraft Foods) in the mid 1850s, Baking Bites reported.

Legend has it that a misprint in a 1957 newspaper recipe for a cake using the chocolate left off the apostrophe and s at the end of the name, and after that it was known as German Chocolate Cake. The recipe was developed by a Dallas, Texas woman and printed in the The Dallas Morning News. Sales of Baker’s Chocolate are said to have increased by as much as 73 percent after the recipe was widely distributed.

The chocolate has a higher sugar content than semisweet chocolate so it’s a little bit sweeter, but you can substitute semisweet chocolate for German chocolate in recipes and have pretty much the same result, per Baking Bites.

German chocolate cake (or German’s chocolate cake) is a layered chocolate cake with coconut–pecan frosting. The filling is a custard made with egg yolks and evaporated milk and includes coconuts and pecans as well. Sometimes, especially at the holidays, Maraschino cherries are added as a garnish.

June 11 is National German Chocolate Cake Day in America.

A small town in Germany had its own “chocolate day” last week when a technical glitch caused a ton of milk chocolate to flow out onto a street, The Guardian reported.

The chocolate spill came from the DreiMeister chocolate factory in Westönnen. The milk chocolate quickly hardened when it hit the cold pavement, and about 25 firefighters had to scrape the chocolate off the road with shovels then use hot water and torches to remove the rest.