Monday, November 15, 2010

Dessert Trivia: German chocolate cake is NOT German

German chocolate cake is NOT German.  German chocolate cake is American, and was created by Mrs. George Clay, a Texas housewife who sent in her recipe to the Dallas Morning News in 1957.

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

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