Chocolate Cake Recipes

I told you about the chocolate cake I made with a friend.  Here is the recipe for both the cake and the cake balls that resulted from the messed up first cake.

Chocolate Cake (from here)

1 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare pan with crisco (or butter) and flour.

In a small saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa powder, salt, and water and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring, just until melted and combined. Remove from the heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and baking soda. Add half of the melted butter mixture and whisk until completely blended. The mixture will be thick. Add the remaining butter mixture and whisk until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until completely blended. Whisk in the sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and the vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes and then invert onto a rack. Let cool completely.

I used unsweetened, plain greek yogurt in the cake that I made.  It was great simply dusted with powdered sugar!

German Chocolate Cake Balls (adapted from here)

Make cake from above and crumble into a large bowl.  Mix together:

6 ounces evaporated milk
3/4 cups sugar
1/3 cup butter
2 egg yolks
3/4 teaspoons vanilla

Cook about 10 minutes until thick and golden.  Stir in:

1 1/3 cups shredded coconut
3/4 cups chopped pecans

Once the mixture is cooled, pour over the crumbled cake and stir.  Refrigerate for an hour, then use a spoon to shape into cake balls.  Keep covered and cool when you aren’t devouring them!

These were probably the best version of german chocolate cake I have ever had.  The negative is that they are small and you eat way too many before you realize how many you have had!


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