Chocolate is a dark baking chocolate created by
the Walter Baker & Company employee, Samuel
German (hence the name), who developed the chocolate in 1852.
He thought this type of chocolate would be convenient for bakers as the sugar is
already added to it. It is sweeter than semi-sweet chocolate and contains a
blend of chocolate liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, flavorings, and lecithin.
sells this chocolate which can be found on the baking isle of most grocery
The most famous recipe containing
Chocolate Cake (recipe
here). This cake is very rich and consists of
three layers of moist chocolate cake with a rich, sweet, gooey caramel flavored
frosting, laced with coconut and pecans, in between. A German Chocolate Cake
leaves its sides bare, so we can see both the frosting and the layers of
So what is the
history of the German Chocolate Cake? Its origin is hard to pinpoint but we do
know it is all American. Richard Sax in Classic Home Desserts says this cake
was being made in the 1920's and eventually became popular nationwide after a
recipe appeared in a 1957 food column of a Dallas newspaper. While the name
"German" Chocolate Cake seems to suggest a tie to Germany, the name refers to
the type of chocolate used in the cake which, in turn, is named after Samuel
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