Cooking Together: Gigi’s Famous German Chocolate Cake

Mothers (and all caregivers!) make the world go ‘round. Whether you’re celebrating with gifts, dessert like this German Chocolate Cake, or just quality time together, make Mother’s Day count.

Watch Anna Lynn, Experience Team Associate Manager, and mother Gigi make this traditional German Chocolate Cake in honor of their special relationship. Happy Mother’s Day to every caregiver and expression of mother out there, from Shipt HQ to you.

Gigi’s Famous German Chocolate Cake 


For the cake

4 ounces Baker’s German sweet chocolate 

½ cup boiling water

1 cup butter

2 cups sugar 

4 eggs, separated 

1 teaspoon vanilla 

2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

For the frosting

1 ½ cups evaporated milk

1 ½ cups sugar

4 slightly beaten egg yolks

¾ cup butter

1 ½ tsp vanilla

2 cups shredded coconut 

1 ½ cups chopped pecans 


For the cake

 1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

 2. Melt chocolate in boiling water and set aside to cool. 

 3. Using a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl.

 4. Beat in egg yolks until combined.

 5. Stir in vanilla and melted chocolate.

 6. In a separate large bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt. 

 7. Alternate beating in the flour mixture and the buttermilk.

 8. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until still peaks form. Fold into cake batter.

 9. Pour batter into 3 9-inch layer cake pans, lined on the bottom with wax paper. 

 10. Bake for 30 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly pressed in center. 

 11. Allow to cool for 15 minutes in the pan, then remove and finish cooling on rack. 

 12. Frost cake using coconut pecan frosting.

For the coconut pecan frosting

 1. Combine evaporated milk, sugar, slightly beaten egg yolks, butter, and vanilla in saucepan.

 2. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened. 

 3. Remove from heat and stir in shredded coconut and chopped pecans. 

 4. Cool until thick enough to spread, then frost cake between layers and on the top.

5. Slice, serve, and enjoy!

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