June 11 is National German Chocolate Cake Day. Last year I posted the history of German Chocolate Cake which isn't really German at all. German Chocolate Cake is an American creation that contains the key ingredients of sweet baking chocolate, coconut, and pecans. Read the history along with the 'original' recipe in last year's post HERE.
That recipe is great and not difficult at all, but if you want to be really quick, here's a really simple recipe that uses a box mix. I make it with Duncan Hines German Chocolate Cake Mix, but you can use any brand. This is a bundt cake, and I always think bundt cakes look great. You can always sprinkle powdered sugar on this cake or do a thin chocolate glaze to dress it up, but it has everything going for it as is so no real need.
GERMAN CHOCOLATE BUNDT CAKE
1 cup chopped (fine) pecans
1 cup grated coconut
1 German Chocolate Cake Mix (Duncan Hines)
1 - 1/4 Cups water
1/3 Cup vegetable oil
3 Large eggs
1 (15 oz) Can Coconut Pecan Frosting ( Duncan Hines)
Mix the cake mix, water, oil and eggs at low speed until moistened.
Beat at medium speed for two minutes.
Fold in Coconut Pecan frosting until thoroughly combined.
Place grated coconut and chopped pecans on bottom of bundt pan.
Pour batter over top.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for about 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes.
Remove from pan.
Cool completely and either leave plain or sprinkle with some powdered sugar or do a thin chocolate glaze.