Mrs. Clay's recipe was published in Food Editor Julie Benell's "Recipe of the Day" feature on June 3, 1957, according to The Dallas Daily News, formerly Dallas Morning News. The food editor ran a correction two days later, noting to use half the amount of chocolate.
So where is the German connection? Mrs. Clay's cake used Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate Bars. According to Kraft Foods which currently owns Baker's, the bars were first developed in 1852 and named in honor of the inventor, Sam German. They report that the recipe's popularity in 1957 even caused a spike in sales.
Mrs. Clay named her original recipe German's Sweet Chocolate Cake, but over the years the name was popularized as German Chocolate Cake.
So now you know,
Below are links to Baker's three versions of the recipe with the coconut-pecan filling and frosting.
|Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate Bar/Kraft Foods|
BAKER'S® GERMAN'S® Sweet Chocolate Cake
GERMAN'S® Sweet Chocolate Cake
Original BAKER'S GERMAN'S Sweet Chocolate Cake