{sms} coconut pecan frosting

I went old-school this week and paired this week’s Sweet Melissa Sundays recipe–Coconut Pecan Frosting–on top of a German chocolate cake. The ‘German’ part of the cake is the type of chocolate traditionally used not the country.
I was excited to go out and buy German chocolate (yes, my life is that exciting) which I’ve seen in the baking aisle many times. But wouldn’t you know it?  Both the recipes I found in my collection of cookbooks did not use German chocolate.

Hmmm…apparently German chocolate isn’t good-quality chocolate. It’s too sweet. Instead both called for good-quality bittersweet chocolate. Both authors said they updated and improved the traditional recipe. Taking the word of the professionals (and chocolate snobs), I did not run out and buy German chocolate. So I guess this is just chocolate cake and a delicious one at that.

The recipe I used came from Tish Boyle”s  The Cake Book. I made the full recipe and planned on making a layer-cake. Yeah, one layer had an untimely demise on my kitchen floor. Thanks to Eliana of A Chica Bakes for hosting this week’s selection. For the Coconut Pecan Frosting recipe visit her blog or buy the book.

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14 thoughts on “{sms} coconut pecan frosting

  1. My husband would have loved you! This is his all time favorite cake. I think I have made it for him 150 times. I have mastered the Coconut frosting and actually am tired of the cake!!!

  2. I’ve never made a German Chocolate Cake. In fact, I guess I didn’t know there was such a thing as German Chocolate :). I love the way the frosting is falling over the sides of the cake. Great photo!

  3. Thank you for making this (almost) old school recipe. I never liked german chocolate cake as a child…bet using a good bittersweet chocolate would change my mind. Looking at your delicious cake has won me over to giving it another try.

  4. Hi Wendy! Long time no see – I’m way behind on my comments. Your cake is gorgeous! I made cupcakes, but I think this recipe is better suited for a full size cake, as the frosting kept trying to slide off the side of my cupcakes….messy to say the least :)

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