Friday, July 19, 2013

German Chocolate Cake



There was a pair of artists. They were called Christo and Jeanne Claude.

They were known for making tremendous art installations all over the world.
They swathed an entire island in pink fabric.
For several weeks they transformed Central Park into a series of fluttering saffron colored gates.
They wrapped the Reichstag, the German Parliment, in aluminum fabric.
This is all very impressive.
But even more interesting to me, is that the first time they kissed, the kiss was so passionate that Christo chipped a tooth.


Chipped a tooth. 

This is so hard for me to comprehend or even understand.

Tooth chipping passion.
They were hungry for each other. 


I've been thinking a lot about the idea of being a hungry person. 
Hungry for love. 
Hungry for touch. 
Hungry to be noticed. 
Hungry to dance. 

Hungry for cake. 


Because life is so short. 

It is so 

heartbreakingly 

short. 


I mean, the other day my brother told me that if every human life span is about 50 years, then basically all of recorded human history would fit into 100 lifetimes. 


I mean. 
What. 

So I want to have my cake and eat it too, and I just want to be so completely involved and PRESENT in NOW. 
My friend Connor and I talked about this. That when you realize that the present is all there is, that even the next breath you take is uncertain, then you are free to truly LIVE your life. 
Which is the best argument to eat cake instead of salad and get a tattoo and cut your own bangs that I have ever heard. 


So Christo and Jeanne Claude swathed an entire island in pink fabric.
And transformed Central Park into a series of fluttering saffron colored gates. 
And the first time they kissed, their first kiss was so passionate that Christo chipped a tooth.

They were so hungry to live in the present. 
They ate their cake. 
There is not the slightest doubt in my mind, that if they had this cake they would probably have eaten the entire thing. Because it really is that good. 

XOXO





German Chocolate Cake

This recipe is from a family cookbook someone gave to my mother many years ago. The format of the recipe is kind of unusual, (I didn't feel like rewriting it) so I recommend reading through it a couple times before starting. All the ingredients are italicized. Making the cake is pretty simple, and highly rewarding. As I suggested in the obnoxious post above. 

Preheat oven to 350 F. 
Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans. 

Microwave below in large microwavable cup or bowl for 1 1/2 minutes until chocolate begins to melt (stir half-way through.) Stop and stir when it boils up on sides of bowl or cup during the microwaving. 

1/2 cup water
1 package (4 oz. bar) Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate

Let rest five minutes, then stir until all chocolate dissolves. 

Sift together in another bowl 

2 1/4 cup sifted flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

set aside. 

In another bowl, cream until light and fluffy:

1 cup soft butter (2 sticks)
2 cups sugar

Add ONE at a time:

4 egg yolks

Beat well after each addition. 
NOw add and mix in the chocolate mixture lightly. Along with 

1 teaspoon vanilla

Add, alternating flour and buttermilk:

Flour mixture you made 
1 cup buttermilk

Alternate with about 1/3 flour, 1/2 buttermilk, 1/3 flour, 1/2 buttermilk and finally the rest of the flour. 

In another clean bowl, beat at high speed until stiff peaks form:

4 egg whites. 

Fold the whites gently into the batter. Pour into prepared pans. 
Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes or until cake springs back when gently touched. (Toothpick test doesn't work.) Cool for 15 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely before frosting. 


Coconut-Pecan Frosting

Mix together in a large saucepan 

1 can evaporated milk (12 oz)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick) 
4 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Cook and stir on medium heat for about 12 minutes, or until thickened and golden brown. Remove from heat and stir in:

4 to 7 ounces ounces Angel Flake Coconut or whatever sweetened shredded coconut your heart desires
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

Cool to spreading consistency. Frost cake. 







1 comment:

Andry Mey said...

Inspiring! I have to try and bake this cake this week.