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You don't have to be German to like German chocolate cake

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Almost everyone likes cake, and one of the popular cakes is the German chocolate cake. June 11 is National German Chocolate Cake Day, so you have a very good reason to celebrate. German chocolate cake is a chocolate layer cake with a rich coconut pecan and coconut filling and a chocolate frosting, topped with more coconut.

German chocolate cake does not come from Germany or from German immigrants. The cake is a layered chocolate cake from the United States filled and topped with a coconut-pecan frosting. It owes its name to an American chocolate maker named Sam German who developed a formulation of dark baking chocolate that came to be used in the cake recipe

The popular recipe for German Chocolate Cake was submitted to a Dallas newspaper in 1957, by a Texas housewife. In light of the resulting demand for German chocolate, General Foods (since merged with Kraft) sent the recipe to newspapers nationwide, and the cake became a national hit. Numerous recipes can be found that are called “German Chocolate Cake” but contain none of the differentiating ingredients which are German chocolate, coconut, and pecans.

To celebrate National German Chocolate Cake, either use a simple and easy recipe or pick up a German chocolate cake from your local bakery or grocery store.

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