We will be making this gluten free German Chocolate Cake (and many other dishes) in my next cooking class at the Culinary School of the Rockies, March 17th. If you want to sign up there is still some space left.
As we all know, there are many ways to make German Chocolate Cake. An entire chocolate cake can be frosted with a coconut pecan icing as I did a while back in this post. Alternatively, the sides of the cake can be covered in chocolate frosting while the center and top are smothered with a coconut frosting. This is what I did in the photo above.
Although this is a complicated and time consuming recipe, it makes a great birthday cake and is perfect for special occasions.
German Chocolate Cake Revised
- In a small bowl, combine flour, cacao, salt and baking soda
- In a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, blend eggs, oil, agave nectar and vanilla
- Add dry ingredients into large bowl and continue to blend
- Oil (2) 9 inch round cake pans and dust with coconut flour
- Pour batter into pans and bake at 350° for 35-45 minutes
- Remove from oven, allow to cool completely then remove from pans
Coconut Pecan Filling
- In a medium saucepan, heat coconut milk, agave and salt, simmer for 10 minutes
- In a small bowl, combine arrowroot and water to form a smooth paste
- Pour arrowroot mixture into saucepan
- Whisk the contents of saucepan vigorously and bring to a boil, briefly
- Remove pot from heat and very gradually blend in coconut oil
- Place pot in freezer for 30-40 minutes, until frosting solidifies and turns white
- Remove from freezer and blend again, until fluffy, then stir in shredded coconut and pecans
- Spread frosting over cake and serve
Vegan Chocolate Frosting
- 1 cup chocolate chunks
- ½ cup grapeseed oil
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- pinch celtic sea salt
- In a small saucepan over very low heat, melt chocolate and grapeseed oil
- Stir in agave, vanilla and salt
- Place frosting in freezer for 15 minutes to cool
- Remove from freezer and whip frosting with a hand blender until it is thick and fluffy
- After the cakes have cooled completely, remove them from the pans and place one on a pretty serving plate or platter
- Spread the Coconut Pecan Filling on top of the first layer cake
- Place the second cake on top of the first
- Spread the top and sides of the cake with Chocolate Frosting
- Cover the top of the cake with Pecan Coconut Filling
If this process looks too daunting, I would recommend making the cake the night before (leave in the pans and cover them with a plate, to keep fresh) and then making the frosting’s and doing the assembly the next day. This will break up the work a bit.
I hope you enjoy this super rich cake as much as we have!