The History of German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake is known to many for its distinct, creamy pecan & coconut icing layered between rich, sweet chocolate cake. However, even without the different icing, this isn’t just your average chocolate cake. But, have you ever wondered what makes this cake different? Or, how such a cake came to be?


Is This Cake German?

Contrary to what many people believe, this cake did not originate in Germany. It is actually an American recipe.


In 1852 Samuel German, an English American Baker who worked for Baker’s Chocolate Company, created a new type of dark baking chocolate. German made a sweet baking chocolate which incorporated more sugar than the average semi-sweet baking chocolate.  This chocolate was named Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate after its creator.


Who Created the German Chocolate Cake?

About 105 years after the creation of German’s Sweet Chocolate, The Dallas Morning News published a cake recipe by a Texas homemaker, Mrs. George Clay. She called her unique recipe “German’s Chocolate Cake” because it called for this brand’s sweeter variety of chocolate.


At this time General Foods, the current owner of Baker’s Chocolate Company, noticed the recipe and distributed it throughout the country. Many publications decided to switch German’s to German making the widely recognized title German Chocolate Cake.


What About the Icing?

Not only is this cake traditionally made with a sweet chocolate, it also has a distinct icing. Instead of  having a traditional buttercream or meringue, the icing is representative of a custard. The base is made of egg yolks & evaporated milk and should always contain pecans & coconut.


Luckily for everyone this delicious cake is readily available, with each bakery taking their own spin on it. Stop by Apple Annie’s Bake Shop where you can buy a whole German Chocolate Cake or our individually portioned German Chocolate Triangles for the perfect snack!