(CNN) — June 11 is National German Chocolate Cake Day.
Contrary to its name, you don't have to cross the Atlantic to find the origins of German chocolate cake. Sam German, an American, developed a sweet baking chocolate for Baker's Chocolate Company in the mid-1800s. The product was further popularized a century later by a German's chocolate cake recipe in the Dallas Morning Star, but the possessive has since been dropped.
German chocolate cake is slightly trickier to make than your run-of-the-mill cake. Eggs need to be separated and beaten, chocolate needs to be melted carefully - it truly is a lesson in patience.
On the sweeter side of things, most of the time it takes for this layered beauty is inactive; it's imperative you allot enough time for the layers to completely cool before frosting them. It's tempting to serve the cake straight from the oven, but doing so will result in goopy, melting frosting dripping off the sides.
When it comes to the frosting, traditional recipes call for coconut and pecans. This or any other caramel frosting works best as it holds the layers together and is an enticing visual to the dark chocolate cake.
Though it might take a few hours before you're enjoying a slice of German chocolate cake with a cold glass of milk, it's highly unlikely the whole cake will make it past tea time.