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Nov 11, 2009 10:48 AM

German Chocolate Cake in Montreal???

Hi Everyone,

This is my first post on chowhound but have been using it for years. I've recently been stumped. I'm trying to buy a friend a German Chocolate Cake, the one with cocunut and pecans.

Does anyone out there know where I could buy one?


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  1. Welcome, glad you de-lurked!

    I have never seen a German Chocolate Cake in Montreal - mind you, it's not something I've specifically looked for. I have read a bit about its history in the past and I'm afraid it seems like one of those US-originating treasures (like red velvet cake or chess pie) that may not be as widespread here as it is in the US.

    Hopefully someone else has spotted one around.

    If you'd consider something custom made, I have in the past used a local baker who can make specific requests for a reasonable price - if you'd like his coordinates (I only have a home number) just let me know how I can reach you.

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      1. Germany is the land of cakes and pastries - what kind of German Chocolate Cake are you talking about? Coconut and pecans does not tell me anything ... If you are more specific maybe I can help ...

        6 Replies
        1. re: Basilqueen

          The OP is referng to a cake -- originally called German's Chocolate Cake but later simplifed to German chocolate cake -- that became popular in North America in the '60s and '70s, its popularity fuelled by the recipe's being printed on the packaging for one of the main ingredients (Baker's chocolate, maybe?). Besides chocolate and cocoa, coconut, pecans (or other nuts) and brown sugar provided most of the flavour. Here's a slightly updated version (my mom usually baked hers in a bundt pan or as a one-layer rectanguar cake):

          Edit: There's even a Wikipedia page for it.

          1. re: carswell

            Actually, it got it's name from a chocolate (don't remember if it was made by Baker but I do think so) that bore the name German's which pakaging bore the recipe.

            1. re: Campofiorin

              It was Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate, as confirmed by the Wikipedia article, my twigged memory and the following links: and

              1. re: carswell

                That's what I thought. Thank you Food Channel!

          2. re: Basilqueen

            weird, that doesnt sound German at all for me :)
            kpzoo, the only German place that is baking is the Petit Munich on Boulevard St. Jean in Pierrefonds, on the other side of the Loblaws. There you can get real German cakes.

            1. re: FortyMan

              To clarify - it's *not* a dessert from Germany that the original poster (not me) is looking for. It is a cake invented in the United States by a man named Samuel German.

              Check out the Wikipedia entry that Carwell posted earlier, it explains the origin in greater detail:


              Nothing to do with Germany the country. :-)