I want to take just a second and tell my mom that I love her! She's the best mom ever. She gets me. She gets my humor when most people don't. Love you mom!
I have to tell you a funny story. Growing up my mom didn't bake a ton of things from scratch. She made cookies, but that's about all I can remember. (Not to say she didn't make more, I just have a really bad memory.) My best friend since middle school has an amazing baker of a mother. Her mother makes awesome bread. I went to their house once and she was making a cake from scratch. In all seriousness I asked if you could make a cake without a box. I legitimately had no idea. I'm so grateful for all the positive influences of mothers I have in my life.
When I made a cake from scratch the first time it was not good. It took a lot of work and wasn't near as good as a cake mix. I put the idea of cake from scratch away for a while. That is, until I saw this recipe.
German Chocolate Cake
What you need:
3 c All Purpose Flour
2 c Sugar
1/2 c Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 t Baking Soda
1 t Salt
2 c Hot Water
3/4 c Vegetable Oil
2 T Distilled White Vinegar
1 T Vanilla Extract
Now I took pictures along the way, but I was using my stainless mixing bowls and was kind of in a hurry so the pics didn't turn out that hot. This cake was really easy so you don't really need many pictures, just go for it!
- Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 8 inch cake pans.
- In a bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
- In a separate bowl mix together the water, oil vinegar and vanilla.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry. (Remember what happened in science class when you mixed vinegar and baking soda? Yeah that happens a little.) Whisk until just combined. There will be a few lumps.
- Divide batter between your two greased pans.
- Bake 35-40 minutes, just until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool the cakes in the pans on a cooling rack for 15 minutes. Then flip them over on the rack to get the pan off. Leave the cake upside down. This helps flatten the domed cake.
German Chocolate Cake Frosting
What You'll Need:
1 c Evaporated Milk
1 c Sugar
3 Egg Yolk beaten with 1 t water
1/2 c Margarine
1 t Vanilla Extract
1 c Chopped Pecans
1 c Flaked Coconut
- In a large saucepan combine evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, margarine and vanilla.
- Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick.
- Remove from heat and stir in pecans and coconut.
- Spread on cake while still warm.
Be sure to tell the mothers in your life that you love them!