Is German Chocolate Cake German? NO!

A question I hear very often (almost as often as the Christmas Pickle question) came up again today… “Is German Chocolate Cake German?”. Well… the short answer is- NO, it’s not. But before you go off to read something else, let me share some German Chocolate cake history, and how it got its name.

German Chocolate Cake History

German Chocolate Cake was first introduced to the world on June 3rd, 1957 as the “Recipe of the Day” in the Dallas Morning Star. Mrs. George Clay submitted her recipe for a Chocolate Layer Cake filled with a coconut pecan filling. The recipe gained in popularity, and General Foods, who owned Baker’s Chocolate, distributed the recipe to newspapers all over America.

The Chocolate Cake became SO popular, in fact, that it has become a standard in most Bakeries. Today it even has a coffee flavor named after it, and its own National Day, June 11.

But it isn’t German…

Is German Chocolate Cake German? It says “German!”

German Chocolate cake is a fine example of how PUNCTUATION makes a HUGE difference. In 1852 Samuel German, and English-American employee of the American firm Baker’s Chocolate Company, invented a type of dark but sweet chocolate that could be used in baking. His idea was that it would be more convenient for bakers to bake with a chocolate that already had some sugar in it… unlike the dark unsweetened chocolate that was already on the market. The company was so pleased with it, that they named his new product Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate.

Mrs. Clay’s recipe was originally published as “German’s Chocolate Cake” (note the apostrophe). After General Foods began promoting the recipe, sales of Baker’s German’s Chocolate went up over 70%! So, naturally, they dropped the possessive form (no more apostrophe)… and today, the product is sold as Baker’s German Chocolate, which means loads of confusion for people searching for German Chocolate online.

Looking for a Recipe for German’s Chocolate Cake?

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Just because it isn’t German, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it… click here to get the recipe for Baker’s German Chocolate Cake… just like Mrs. Clay made.
The Original Baker’s  Recipe

Or just buy one...

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German Cake Recipes You May Enjoy

Everyday German Cakes tend to be denser than American Cakes…. but the Tortes, with their rich and creamy fillings and frosting, will please anyone! Here are some great cookbooks loaded with fabulous recipes to try.

Classic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes for Traditional Favorites, from Pfeffernüsse to StreuselkuchenClassic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes for Traditional Favorites, from Pfeffernüsse to StreuselkuchenGerman Baking TodayGerman Baking Today

Buy German’s Chocolate HERE

This Chocolate is sweeter than other Baking chocolate, but it’s not as sweet as milk chocolate. It’s exactly what you need to bake this cake.

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