Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby!

Not only did I tell my mom that I would take care of everything when it came to her birthday dinner this past weekend, but I also decided that I wanted to bake her a cake completely from scratch. And since I rarely EVER make bake, I knew it had to be something special…

German Chocolate Cake 2

I also knew that I wanted something to challenge me in the kitchen. I mean, what’s the point in going out to the store and buying a cart full of ingredients, just to come home and prepare a cake that’s basically one step away from a box mix?

Little did I know when I found Bobby Flay’s recipe for German Chocolate Cake with Coconut-Pecan Cajeta Frosting that I would end up making it a thing ALL my own!

Sex Cake Meme

The kind of sex that’s long, drawn out, and covered in sticky cu-
CARAMEL SAUCE!!! 😉

Coconut Pecan Caramel Sauce

I’ll tell you right now, it’s a LENGTHY process…but in the end all that stroking stirring pays off…ESPECIALLY when you get to surprise the heck out of everyone when you FLASH THEM a smile and confess that it’s not as DIRTY as it appears!

It started with changing just a few things in the beginning of the recipe…opting for whole wheat pastry flour because that’s what I had on hand (plus, I wanted it to produce a somewhat denser cake, because I sinking my teeth into “air” when it comes to cake), reducing the sweeteners a bit so we all didn’t die from sugar shock, and as a lactose-challenged individual, I just simply refused to purchase the UNGODLY amount of cow AND goat milk for ONE FRIGGIN’ CAKE!

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Since I reduced the sugar in the cake and went with a more dark chocolate flavor for the  topping, I decided to keep the filling sweet…as caramel sauce should be…but I have to say I was truly amazed that I pulled it off without a single drop of milk!

Oh and I just want you guys to know that I totally winged it when it came to the ganache and ended up with a bit too much for the recipe, but rest assured NONE of that dark and decadent deliciousness is going to waste! 😀

Ganache

Who knows, I may become a chocolate lover after all! 😉

German Chocolate [SEX] Cake

By: Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

Adapted from this recipe via foodnetwork.com

Prep Time: 1 1/2 hours

Cook Time: 2 hours

Keywords: bake boil dessert  vegetarian cocoa powder coconut milk whole wheat pastry flour almond milk

Ingredients (One 2-layer cake)

    For the Cake

    • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing the pans
    • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
    • 3 teaspoons baking powder
    • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 1/2 cups strong brewed black coffee, at room temperature
    • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk + 1 1/2 Tablespoons vinegar (this will be your “buttermilk”)
    • 3 large eggs
    • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

    For the Coconut Caramel Filling

    • 1 14 oz. can unsweetened coconut milk
    • 1 14 oz. can unsweetened light coconut milk
    • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • Seeds scraped from 1/2 vanilla bean
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, cold
    • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1 Tablespoon coconut rum (optional, I used honey-flavored whiskey)
    • 1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
    • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted

    For the Ganache

    • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
    • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 3/4 cup honey
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted, for garnish
    • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted, for garnish

    Instructions

    For the Cake

    1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2. Butter two 9-inch-round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper.
    3. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl.
    4. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
    5. Whisk in the cocoa powder and cook for 1 minute.
    6. Remove from the heat, add the brown and granulated sugars and whisk until the sugar has dissolved.
    7. Add the coffee, “buttermilk”, eggs and vanilla extract and continue whisking until smooth and just combined.
    8. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until the batter is smooth.
    9. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached.
    10. Let the cakes cool in the pans on a wire rack for 20 minutes.
    11. Invert the cakes onto the wire rack and let cool at least 1 hour before frosting.

    For the Coconut Caramel Filling

    1. Combine the coconut milks and almond milk in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat.
    2. Combine the sugar and 1/4 cup water in a medium saucepan over high heat and cook WITHOUT stirring until a deep amber color, 8 to 10 minutes.
    3. Slowly and carefully whisk in the warm milk mixture and continue whisking until smooth.
    4. Add the vanilla seeds and honey.
    5. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is reduced by half and the consistency of caramel sauce, about 55 minutes.
    6. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter, vanilla extract, salt and liquor (if using).
    7. Transfer the sauce to a medium bowl and stir in the pecans and shredded coconut.
    8. Let the frosting cool to room temperature, stirring it occasionally, before frosting the cake.

    For the Ganache

    1. Bring the almond milk to a simmer in a small saucepan.
    2. Add butter, allow to melt, then remove from heat.
    3. Whisk in cocoa powder, honey, and vanilla extract and continue whisking until smooth.
    4. Allow to cool 45 minutes to 1 hour before adding to cake.

    For the Cake Assembly (see also pictures at end of post)

    1. Place one cake round top side up on a large plate or cake stand.
    2. Top with the coconut caramel filling, spreading out to the edges of the cake.
    3. Carefully, place the other cake round top side down on top.
    4. Slowly pour ganache over the top of the cake, allowing some to drip down the sides.
    5. Sprinkle the top with toasted coconut and pecans.
    6. Let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before slicing.
    7. Serve with a scoop of non-dairy ice cream.

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