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Classic/Classic Update: German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake

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Recipes By Alice Medrich and Karen Hatfield
from Fine Cooking #114, pp. 82-87

Bake the classic chocolate-coconut-pecan layer cake, or dress it up as a modern glazed chocolate bombe.

Which dessert has you rushing through dinner? Vote for your favorite using the poll below.

The classic
Alice Medrich is a master baker and chocolate guru who’s written several books on the subject, including Bittersweet: Recipes and Tales from a Life in Chocolate. Her ultimate recipe for German chocolate cake combines a sweet, gooey, coconut-and-pecan-studded filling with three layers of light, tender chocolate cake.

German Chocolate Cake
German Chocolate Cake

The update
Karen Hatfield, the co-owner and pastry chef of Hatfield’s restaurant in Los Angeles, is known for her sophisticated yet approachable desserts. Here, she offers her creative spin on the classic dessert: individual ganache-glazed chocolate cake bombes filled with decadent chocolate mousse and creamy coconut-pecan filling.

  German Chocolate Bombes
German Chocolate Bombes
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Photos: Scott Phillips


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  • barijj | 12/07/2011

    I made a gluten-free version of this cake for my husband's birthday. It was absolutely delicious. I own a coffeehouse and bake gluten-free for the shop. I shared this cake with some customers and they swooned.

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