Friday, December 28, 2007

History of German Chocolate Cake

Mrs. Mordecai commented on my post about German Chocolate Cake...

"Once my family had a German exchange student and she said there was nothing
German about it. She thought there was sauerkraut on top!"

I watched a TV show one time about the history of the German Chocolate Cake and found it quite interesting because I had always thought it was a recipe from Germany. Lo and behold, it's NOT!!!

Here's what What's Cooking America says about the History of German Chocolate Cake...
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.


Dianna said...

Thanks so much for doing some research. I love learning about history of recipes, and I'd never heard about that one. Whether it's German or not, I love it!

Connie J said...

Oh, how I'm missing your slow cooker recipes! I've tried so many of your tasty treats, my family thinks I'm awesome :)
Blessings from your friend in OK.

Anonymous said...

German Chocolate cake is discussed in the upcoming book "Chocolate Village: A History of Baker Chocolate Company" by Anthony M. Sammarco, The History Press, 2009.
This delicious suject will explore the delicious history of the oldest manufacturer of chocolate in the United States.


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