From "River Road Recipes... The Textbook of Louisiana Cuisine," published in cooperation with your Daily InBox newsletter.

INGREDIENTS for German Chocolate Cake:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/4 pound German sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 stiffly beaten egg whites
INGREDIENTS for Filling and Icing:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 stick butter or margarine
  • 3 beaten egg yolks
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
TO PREPARE German Chocolate Cake:

     Cream together sugar and shortening.  Add egg yolks one at a time.  Melt chocolate in boiling water and add to mixture.  Add flour alternately with buttermilk, with soda dissolved in 1/4 cup of the buttermilk.  Add vanilla and salt.  Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.   Pour into three 9-inch cake pans.  Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Ice with special icing for this cake or fudge icing.

TO PREPARE Filling and Icing:

     Cook together in double boiler, stirring constantly, sugar, milk, butter and egg yolks.  Cook until thick.  Add coconut, pecans and vanilla.  Use to fill and ice cake.

SERVES: 8 - 12

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