June 11: National German Chocolate Cake Day

image credit: Taste of HomeI’ve been tricked!

Did you know that German chocolate cake has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with Germany? I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, but, still!

Apparently back in 1852 an American man by the name of Sam German created a new type of dark baking chocolate. His (also American) employer, Baker’s Chocolate Company, marketed his invention by the name of Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate.

Much later, in 1957 to be exact, the Dallas Morning Star printed a new recipe for German’s Chocolate Cake, submitted by homemaker Mrs. George Clay. Although similar recipes may have been around earlier, this seems to be the real beginning of the German chocolate cake we think of today, with coconut, pecan, caramel, and all the good stuff. When Baker’s Chocolate realized how popular the dessert was in Dallas, they sent the recipe to newspapers nationwide,  and German chocolate cake’s popularity skyrocketed (along with Baker’s Chocolate sales!).

I haven’t tried it yet, but here’s a recipe with rave reviews (same cake as picture). Good luck!

“How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!”

Psalm 119:103

If you want a dessert that actually originated in Germany, you could always try your hand at a Black Forest cake, but, since I prefer coconut to cherries, I’ll be sticking with my German chocolate – even if they did trick me. 🙂

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