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German Chocolate Cake in Montreal???

derekjen Nov 11, 2009 10:48 AM

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. kpzoo RE: derekjen Nov 11, 2009 11:26 AM

    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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      Basilqueen RE: derekjen Nov 16, 2009 09:54 AM

      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 ...

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      1. re: Basilqueen
        carswell RE: Basilqueen Nov 16, 2009 10:00 AM

        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): www.foodtv.ca/recipes/recipedetails.a...

        Edit: There's even a Wikipedia page for it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_c...

        1. re: carswell
          Campofiorin RE: carswell Nov 16, 2009 12:58 PM

          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
            carswell RE: Campofiorin Nov 16, 2009 01:23 PM

            It was Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate, as confirmed by the Wikipedia article, my twigged memory and the following links: www.kraftfoods.com/kf/recipes/origina... and www.snopes.com/business/names/cake.asp

            1. re: carswell
              Campofiorin RE: carswell Nov 17, 2009 08:48 AM

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

        2. re: Basilqueen
          FortyMan RE: Basilqueen Nov 17, 2009 06:39 AM

          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
            kpzoo RE: FortyMan Nov 17, 2009 07:05 AM

            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. :-)

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