Friday, June 11, 2010

Let them eat cake!

My Dad is one of those types of people who finds his favorite meals and never strays. For example, he eats Grape Nuts with yogurt every morning...and every time his birthday rolls around, he asks for German chocolate cake. Fortunately, the rest of us were all big fans of that cake as well, so there were never any hard feelings when it came to the request.
For those who've never had the sweet treat, it's a layered chocolate cake filled and topped with a coconut-pecan frosting. Occasionally, a chocolate frosting is spread on the sides of the cake and piped around the circumference of the layers to hold in the filling.
According to some quick research (aka Wikipedia), the cake did NOT originate in Germany. Instead, the name derives from a type of chocolate that was created in 1852 by an Englishman named Samuel German for the Baker's Chocolate brand. The original recipe for "German's Chocolate Cake" was sent by a Dallas-based homemaker to a local newspaper in 1957. The cake became quite popular and General Foods — which owned the brand at the time — distributed the recipe to other newspapers in the country.
I mention all of this because today is National German Chocolate Cake Day! That's right. It's an excuse to either go buy a slice from the store or bake a low-calorie version, like this delicious sugar-free German Chocolate Cake recipe.
So now you can have your cake and eat it too, only without the calories. Happy Friday!

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