German Chocolate Cake
Most people think that German Chocolate Cake is a German treat, but in fact it is about as American as Apple Pie. It was created by a woman in Dallas, Texas named Mrs. George Clay who submitted her recipe for "German Sweet Chocolate Cake" to the Dallas Morning News in 1957. It became such a hit that newspapers around the country began printing the recipe. Many people thought it was German due to its name, but German desserts are usually filled with jam and/or cream, while coconut and pecans are typical in Southern American desserts.
So why the name German Chocolate Cake? Mrs. Clay's recipe called for a store-bought product named German's Sweet Chocolate, manufactured by Walter Baker & Co., and named after the man that created it in 1852 - Samuel German.
Traditional German Chocolate Cakes are not iced on the sides, but only on top and between layers.
This recipe was found in Saveur, Dec. 2009