homemade: german chocolate cake

jon is not one for sweets, he’d rather inhale the usual man items: beer, meat, and salt. but there is always an exception to the rule, and for him, it’s his mother’s homemade german chocolate cake.

nothing ever tastes quite as good as when it’s homemade, and if we were our own fully functioning bakery jon is convinced this would be a best seller. it is a decadent, rich piece of dessert, but SO worth it!  i strayed slightly from the traditional recipe and added a bit of cinnamon to the icing as well, which i think added a whole layer and depth of flavor. it would be equally delicious with a hint of orange in there as well. YUM! 
if you’re interested in trying for yourself, here is the recipe…

cake
1 stick butter
1/2 c crisco
1 c water
4 tbsp cocoa powder
melt together over medium-low heat…

…pour over,
2 c flour
2 c sugar
mix together…

…add
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 c buttermilk

pour into a 9 x 13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until a toothpick in the middle comes out clean.

icing
1 stick butter
6 tbsp cocoa powder
bring to a boil, remove, and add…
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
combine and pour over…
3/4 box powdered sugar

blend this together with your mixer and slowly add small amounts of milk until you have a smooth icing. wait until the cake is completely cool to ice, and then… well, dig in!

don’t forget a cold glass of milk!!