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The Not-So-German Chocolate Cake
Where does German Chocolate Cake come from? Is Germany its motherland?
Or ...? There are many questions like these, and as many guesses. However,
the truth is that German Chocolate Cake is an American creation.
German cooking is famous for its complexity and extravagance in choosing
the ingredients. Therefore such a rich dish as German
Chocolate Cake might perfectly fit into German cuisine. Yet it was
not brought (as is sometimes reported) to the American Midwest by German
immigrants. The cake took its name from an American with the last name
of "German." In 1852, Sam German created the mild dark baking
chocolate bar for Baker's Chocolate Co. The product was named 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.
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. No wonder: its superb chocolate taste conquers you at first bite!
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The image of the German Chocolate Cake by Alexander Neprinets.