By Jackie St.Clair at My Kitchen Addictions
I grew up on a farm and my mom was considered a farmer’s wife. She didn’t work outside the home, instead she worked in the home and on the farm caring for her children, helping her husband on the farm and putting home cooked meals on the table most nights. Mom grew a large garden and preserved foods by freezing and canning.
We were a 4-H family, so not only was my mom the role model who taught me how to cook, but the women in the neighborhood who were 4-H leaders taught me, as well. Cooking was one of my favorite 4-H programs. To this day, many of the foods I prepare are those recipes I learned to cook at 4-H events.
One of my fondest memories with my mom was spending time in the kitchen around the table enjoying the wonderful things she prepared. In the baked goods category, her specialty was her German Chocolate Cake. If you knew my mom in her later years, you would know that she repeated the word wonderful many times. I use this very word to describe her German Chocolate Cake.
It wasn’t until later in my life that I sought out my mom’s recipe for her wonderful cake. If I can give all you sons and daughters out there one piece of advice it would be to not make the same mistake I made. Get those favorite recipes from your family members before it’s too late. I was actually certain I had my mom’s recipe for this cake, but it wasn’t until my sister and I looked though a box of recipes we had collected from my mom’s kitchen after her passing that we found a recipe for Royal Chocolate Cake and attached to it was a recipe titled Icing for German Chocolate Cake. I figured this was mom’s recipe, so I set out to make it and soon discovered, with a few tweaks, this was the long, lost recipe I was seeking. It didn’t taste exactly like moms, because mom put that special touch of love in her recipes I can never duplicate.
When I opened a bakery last year, one of the first cupcake flavors I chose for the menu was my mom’s German Chocolate Cake Cupcakes. They quickly became one of my most popular sellers. As you can see, I got a little creative and decorated them a little differently.
You can get more information about this recipe on my blog.
- 2 ½ cups flour
- 1 ¾ cups white sugar
- 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup shortening
- 1 ¼ cups milk
- 2 eggs
- 3 – 1 ounce squares German chocolate
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 stick margarine
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup coconut
- 1 cup nuts
- For cake, sift together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
- Add shortening and 1 cup milk. Mix until all flour is dampened then beat 2 minutes at medium speed.
- Add remaining milk, eggs, chocolate and vanilla. Beat 1 minute longer.
- For cake, Pour batter into two 9 ½ inch round pans. Bake in 350° oven for 30 to 30 minutes. For cupcakes, line 24 cupcake tins with paper liners. Bake in 350° oven for 20 minutes.
- For icing, in a medium saucepan, whisk together milk, sugar, egg yolks. Add margarine and heat until melted.
- Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Continue at a boil, stirring constantly until mixture begins to thicken.
- Remove from heat. Whisk in vanilla. Stir in coconut and nuts.
- NOTE: Mother used pecans.
Jackie is the author of the food blog, My Kitchen Addictions. She owns BaBa Bakes Bakery and works as a Library Media Specialist at an elementary school. Jackie and her husband, Steve, have been married for 38 years have two children and two grandchildren. They live on a family farm and are the proud owners of 2 spoiled cats, 8 friendly chickens and one loveable dog. She blogs at My Kitchen Addictions, and you can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.