1 pkg. German Sweet Chocolate (4 oz.)
1/2 c. water
2 C. flour
1 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1 C. butter at room temperature
2 C. sugar
4 eggs separated (at room temperature)
1 t. vanilla
1 C. buttermilk (at room temperature)
Coconut Pecan filling
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and prepare pans. I cut 3 circles of parchment paper and place each in the bottom of 3, 9" cake pan then butter and flour well. Set these aside for now.
Microwave broken chocolate bar in water using a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 second intervals, for 1 1/2 -2 minutes stirring between intervals. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Set aside.
Mix flour, soda, and salt then set aside. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy in a large bowl on medium speed. Add the egg yolks one at a time beating after each addition. Blend in the chocolate and vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk, beating until well blended after each addition.
Using another clean bowl and beaters, whip the egg whites at high speed until they form stiff peaks. Fold the beaten whites gently into the batter. Pour evenly into the prepared pans.
Note: I spooned out batter to fill 4 cupcakes and set aside, Then I filled the 3 cake pan and baked for 25 minutes until a tooth pick inserted in the center of each cake came out clean. Then I baked the cupcakes for about 13-14 minutes.
Cool the cakes for 15 minutes then remove from the pans and finish cooling on racks. Cool the layers completely.
Coconut Pecan Frosting:
4 egg yolks
1 can 12 oz. evaporated milk
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1 1/2 C. sugar
3/4 C. butter
Beat together the egg yolks, milk, and vanilla in a large saucepan using a slotted spoon. Add the sugar and butter and cook over medium high heat stirring constantly for 12 minutes until thickened and golden. Remove from the heat and add coconut and nuts.
Fill between the layers and the top of the cake. Frosting the sides of this cake is optional.
Yield 16 servings cake and 4 cupcakes with sprinkles today!!