What makes German chocolate cake so irresistible? The sweet Baker’s chocolate? Or the gooey frosting full of coconut and pecans? While I like cake, I must say I can never have enough frosting….well almost.
One time in junior high Grandma let my sister, cousin and I stay up until midnight and do anything. So we decided to raid the kitchen. My sister made a tin foil funnel hat coated with cheese. My cousin had coffee grinds smeared on her head and face, and I had a beard made of coconut pecan cake frosting. By the stroke of 12:00 when we had to revert to our normal selves, my beard had been eaten down to a goatee, and I was rather sick of the sweetness and stickiness. I had had enough coconut pecan German chocolate cake frosting for a while. But that didn’t last too long and I regained my taste for it in time for my birthday the next year.
All this leads to today’s creations and recipes: German Chocolate Cake Brownies and Frozen Hot Chocolate.
German Chocolate Cake Brownie Recipe
Since my wife loves brownies and I love cake, I decided to marry the two together into German Chocolate Cake Brownies.
Mix half a box of German Chocolate cake with half a box of brownie mix. You’ll need to calculate the right egg ratio; in this box mix combination it ended up being just 2 eggs. Otherwise, you can just mix eggs together and divide them. For richer flavor, you can substitute milk or even chocolate milk for the water in the cake. Baking time varies but will lean more towards the brownie directions. When cooled, frost with canned or homemade coconut pecan frosting. Makes 9-12 brownies based on pan size.
Frozen Hot German Chocolate Cake Cocoa
Next comes the illusive chocolate drink: Frozen Hot Chocolate! One summer in the mid 90’s Dairy Queen came out with frozen hot chocolate. Both creamy and icy, you could scrape off the flavor with a spoon. I wanted to recreate the flavor experience and add German Chocolate. The result is delicious, but definitely not nutritious! Warning: Do not feed to young children unless you want to become a ringmaster of a circus of jumping kids.
1/2 oz. German chocolate OR 1/2 oz semisweet chocolate plus 1/4 tablespoon sugar
2-3 tsp cocoa mix or 2 tsp cocoa
1 1/4 cup 2% or whole milk
1/4 cup sweetened canned coconut milk OR 1/2 cup prepared coconut milk in carton
1 3/4 Tbsp sugar
2-3 cups ice (5-7 ice cubes)
- Combine both milks and sugar and microwave on low heat until it starts to dissolve.
Add chocolate and cocoa to mixture. Stir every 30 seconds until they are incorporated. Cool.
Take out ice cubes and let thaw slightly. Add prepare liquid to blender and gradually add the ice cubes. Use pulse function to crush ice, then turn on milkshake/smoothie mode and beat until creamy.
Pour into cup and place in freezer at least 4 hrs.
Top with toasted coconut, pecans, and chocolate shavings, if desired.
If you’re really into the coconut and pecan taste, you can throw some into the blender along with the other ingredients.
Serves 1 person
All measurements serve as an estimate; you may want to add more sugar depending on taste. If you don’t know what you like, then just keep eating until you get it right ;-D
Let me know: Do you like frozen hot chocolate cocoa or other frozen drinks? How else do you use German Chocolate Cake mix or frosting?
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