June 11th is German Chocolate Cake Day
A day to celebrate German Chocolate Cake. You know how to celebrate this day!
What is the History of German Chocolate Cake?
German Chocolate Cake was originally called German’s chocolate cake. The name German’s chocolate came from an English-American chocolate maker named Samuel German, who developed the recipe of dark baking chocolate that came to be used in the cake back in 1852. It really has nothing to do with Germany at all, which most people mistake.
Now skip ahead over one hundred years. On June 3, in 1957, a recipe for “German’s Chocolate Cake” appeared as the “Recipe of the Day” in The Dallas Morning News. It was created by Mrs. George Clay, a homemaker from Dallas, Texas. The recipe she posted used the baking chocolate introduced 105 years prior and was a hit.
General Foods, which at the time was owned by the Baker’s brand saw this recipe and distributed the cake recipe to other newspapers in the country causing the sales of Baker’s Chocolate to increase by as much as 73% and voila, German’s cake became the popular cake it is today.
The possessive form (German’s) was dropped in subsequent publications, forming the “German Chocolate Cake” identity and giving the false impression of a German origin.
Here are some German Chocolate Cake Recipes for you to try out:
- Original German Cake by Tastes Better from Scratch
- Upgraded German Chocolate Cake by Sally’s Baking Addiction
- German Chocolate Cake by Betty Crocker
So we hope you have a great day and get to enjoy some German Chocolate Cake today! Thanks for stopping by!