Monday, September 15, 2008

Autumn asks: Who's Birthday is it?

Today is my DH's birthday. We've now reached that point in life where I won't bother to mention just exactly WHICH birthday it is.

So tonight we are going out to have true deep dish pizza...that takes an hour to cook. And of course he has requested a German Chocolate Cake...the only kind he ever asks for. Have you ever eaten homemade German Chocolate Cake? It's to die for! The mixes don't even come close.

So here is a little trivia for you today:

Is German Chocolate Cake really from Germany?

German Chocolate Cake is an American creation that contains the key ingredients of sweet baking chocolate, coconut, and pecans. This cake was not brought to the American Midwest by German immigrants. The cake took its name from an American with the last name of "German."

1852 - Sam German created the mild dark baking chocolate bar for Baker's Chocolate Company in 1852. The company name the chocolate in his honor - "Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate." In most recipes and products today, the apostrophe and the "s" have been dropped, thus giving the false hint as for the chocolate's origin.

1957 -The first published recipe for German's chocolate cake showed up in a Dallas newspaper in 1957 and came from a Texas homemaker. The cake quickly gained popularity and its recipe together with the mouth-watering photos were spread all over the country. America fell in love with German Chocolate cake.


  1. I do love me some German Chocolate cake but I also thought it was from Germany :) shows ya how much I know! Happy Birthday to your husband! Hope y'all have a wonderful family night.

  2. German chocolate cake with coconut pecan frosting (just like the one in your picture) is my favorite cake of all time! My husband makes it for me every year for my birthday.

    Happy birthday to your husband!

  3. My birthday was also this weekend, and my favorite cake is also German Chocolate, and my mother-in-law also made one from scratch for me. What a small world...