Sweet chocolate, coconut, pecans. These are the definitive delights of a German Chocolate Cake. But, where did it come from? Is it a German cake? No.

It’s actually an American recipe, inspired by a sweet baking chocolate created by an American baker named Samuel German, back in 1852. So there you go. Mr. German was working for Baker’s Chocolate Company, when he made this chocolate with more sugar than the average, dark, semi-sweet baking chocolate. The company liked it so much, they named the chocolate after him: German’s Sweet Chocolate.

The chocolate was created back in 1852, but the German Chocolate Cake was not baked until more than 100 years later, in 1957. A Texan, Mrs. George Calay, submitted a “Recipe of the Day” to The Dallas Morning News. Do you see where this is going? She named her cake “German’s Chocolate Cake,” because she used that sweet brand in her unique recipe.

General Foods owned Baker’s Chocolate Company at that time, and went wild with this recipe. It was a great cake and great publicity, for the company-owned chocolate.

Well, enough about the chocolate. Let us not forget, Ms. Calay’s cake has a distinct icing. The base is made of egg yolks & evaporated milk and always contains pecans and coconut.

We do like this cake. Lots of sugar and butter and eggs. Buttermilk. Sweetened coconut. Take a bite and understand all the hype and the test of time. Thank you, Ms. Calay, for your creative deliciousness.