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Mar 8, 2012 06:31 PM

ISO perfect German Chocolate Cake

I have been tasked with making my father's 65th birthday cake, and he has requested German Chocolate Cake. I have seen a Rose Levy Berenbaum version, an Inside-out Epicurous recipe that gets a lot of good reviews, and a Davide Leibovitz recipe (though it has rum which I hate). Does anyone have any suggestions as to which one to try, or another one instead? He doesn't like things to be overly sweet, so the cake part of the recipe can't be too sweet, especially since I want it to contrast with the sweeter coconut topping/filling. Thanks!

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  1. Go with the recipe that's inside the Germans Chocolate bar. Use real buttermilk and older eggs to get the maximum lift for the layers.

    I don't know why anyone would want to try a variation.

    (IF he wants a less sweet version with the German Chocolate layers, I use them as my base for Schwarzwald Kirchentorte, with liquor soaked sour cherries, orange marmalade and lots of whipped cream as the filling and icing)

    1. I made the David L. recipe several years ago for my MIL's 80th birthday. There were a lot of kids at the party, so I'm sure I left out the rum. (I was worried the kids wouldn't like the flavor.) There was so much else going on with the cake, it wasn't missed. It was a HUGE hit. If you don't find another recipe you like, go for this one.