Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Upside Down German Chocolate Cake

MMMMMMMMMM. Cake. Or, as the Snickers Wolfie Simonsen would say, mmmMMMmmm!, with a cute tilt of the head. Don't believe me? Watch THIS.

My point is - who doesn't like cake? Especially THIS cake!

From scratch. No lie.

This kinda thing isn't a normal occurence in our house. I made this for Brad for Father's Day. It's his favorite, and you couldn't ask, hope or pray for a better Dad than him, so it was well worth the effort!

So one day I was looking at Pinterest, like I do, and saw a scrumptious picture of said cake. I clicked through only to find that whomever had originally pinned the image (not the one above, that's MY cake!) did it from a members only forum. I was devestated. OK, not really, but I commented on the pin and then some helpful soul replied that it was on Allrecipes.com. What's funny is that I was ON Allrecipes.com at that very moment (but wasn't looking for cake).

So here is the recipe! It isn't hard, but does dirty up a lot of dishes. Totally worth it.

German Chocolate Upside Down Cake - or -
Upside Down German Chocolate Cake
. Whatever

1 1/4 cups water

1/4 cup butter 
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup flaked coconut
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 cup chopped walnuts

4 (1 ounce) squares German sweet chocolate
1/2 cup water
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. (Thanks Pinterest! I just learned how to do that little degree thingy!) 
  2. In a sauce pan, combine 1 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup butter or margarine. Heat until butter melts, then stir in brown sugar and coconut. Pour into ungreased 9x13 inch pan. Sprinkle marshmallows and nuts over top. set aside. 
The top. Or bottom. I guess it depends on your perspective and time of reference.
  1. For the cake: in a saucepan over low heat, combine chocolate with 1/2 cup water. Heat, stirring, until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, soda and salt. Add sour cream, 1/2 cup butter or margarine, vanilla and eggs. Add chocolate mixture and beat 3 minutes. Carefully spoon batter over coconut marshmallow mixture in pan. 
Yummy, delicious cake batter...
  1. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 40 to 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Place pan on foil or cookie sheet to guard against spillage. 
I had no spillage to guard against.

I let it cool completely, and then we just cut and flipped it over when it was served. Why risk jacking up an entire cake and all of the effort you put into it, just to have a top that looked better than the picture above? The flavor? Dreamy. Pretty much the best cake I've ever made, or tasted.