Have some German Chocolate Cake on Michigan’s 175th Birthday

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Happy 175th Birthday to the State of Michigan!  So in honor of Michigan’s birthday today and tomorrow’s National Chocolate Cake Day, I present this German Chocolate Cake.  Of course, from what I can discern, the (un)official state cake of Michigan is a German Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake.  It’s listed in Warren Brown’s book, United Cakes of America.  Now these two cakes are very close — one uses pickled cabbage, the other uses some sweetened coconut.  Those two ingredients are readily interchanged in any number of recipes, like kielbasa for example 🙂  See?  Virtually the same!

Did you know that German Chocolate Cake isn’t actually German?  It was named after Sam German, who developed a type of sweet, dark chocolate for Baker’s Chocolate.  This recipe was developed in his honor, using the chocolate that he created.  Originally, it was called German’s Chocolate Cake, but that was changed along the way, as things are wont to do.  Now this cake wasn’t in my normal rotation, but after a couple of special requests for it, I’ve decided to add it.  I couldn’t be happier with the results.

I used a chiffon cake for the base.  Chiffon is an oil-based cake that was really popular in the ’40s and people loved it because it stayed so moist.  The actual recipe was closely guarded secret until it was sold in the mid or late ’40s and later popularized in those box cake mixes you can find in the grocery store today.  So if you ever make one of those cakes from a box mix (ugh!), you will be making a chiffon cake.

So since National Chocolate Cake Day is on the 27th, I’ll be posting on my Orange Devil Cake and my Chocolate Ice cake in the next few days.  Stay tuned!

By the way, I got that Michigan birthday cake pic from the State of Michigan website.  I’m not sure if they found the image or developed it themselves, but I just wanted to give them a shout out.  Happy Birthday Michigan!

14 thoughts on “Have some German Chocolate Cake on Michigan’s 175th Birthday

    thehungryartist said:
    January 26, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Which recipe did you use? The Baker’s one? Looks pretty. 🙂

      Jereme's Kitchen responded:
      January 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      ha! i completely forgot to put the recipe! it’s not the one from Baker’s, but i’m not all that familiar with theirs. i think my filling is different, and i’m not sure if they use a frosting on the outside.

    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide said:
    January 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Looks amazing!

    suzi said:
    January 26, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    This looks fabulous, I love those layers. Beautiful. Happy Birthday Michigan!

    dvdcsr said:
    January 26, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    OMGosh!!! That’s looks great. Wish I could have some. Enjoy the Birthday!!!

    Charlie McDonald said:
    January 27, 2012 at 10:57 am

    That looks way to good for 9:00 am 🙂

    sportsglutton said:
    January 29, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Happy Birthday to Michigan and what a cake to celebrate with!

    Rhubarb Whine said:
    January 30, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Oh that looks so very, very ood!

    Must Come Hungry said:
    February 3, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Oh my, this cake looks so good! I love all your indulgent recipes you post 🙂 Here is some foodie blog love to share and pass along: http://mustcomehungry.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/liebster-blog-award/

    jennrambles said:
    February 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Totally sharing this with my friends from Michigan, in the hopes they will make this cake and let me eat most of it! Looks great.

    Assia said:
    February 16, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Oh, looks delicious and very tempting!

    Sue said:
    February 23, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    This looks so yummy. I love German chocolate cake. My momma always iced the sides as well as the tops of the layers. Of course, since I grew up with the iced sides, I do it that way, too.

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