So Ryan asked for a German chocolate cake for his birthday. I had never made one before, but I figured I could find a recipe easy enough to follow and it would be no biggie. And truth be told, it wasn’t that terrible. But it was mayyyyybe just a little more than I bargained for. It turned out fine and all (a little on the dry side, but who’s counting), but there were moments when I felt like I was waging a war against my Kitchen Aid. Picture me, barefoot, pregnant, in a kitchen lightly dusted with flour, buttermilk on my shirt, cursing under my breath when the melted chocolate started to congeal. That’s real, guys.
I had all of these brilliant plans of making the cake and taking beautiful photos and sharing the recipe with you here, but none of those things happened. So instead I have some mediocre iPhone photos of a cake that I had to cut the edges off of because they were crispy. And a list of things that I learned about myself while baking my first German chocolate cake. Enjoy.
1. You are not invincible. Melted chocolate can and will get hot enough to burn your skin so badly it blisters if you touch it.
2. You are not an oven whisperer. If you’re baking in a new-to-you oven, maybe a German chocolate cake from scratch isn’t the recipe you should use to try out for the first time. Perhaps just some ready-to-bake cookies.
3. You welcome a challenge. Or perhaps you are just foolhardy. But either way, seeing a recipe with things on it like “cake flour” and “sweet German baking chocolate” do not scare you away.
4. You like to cut corners. When washing one less bowl becomes more important than separating ingredients appropriately, maybe it’s time to get out of the baking game.
5. You really, really love your husband. Because this is the cake he asked for, and by God, this is the cake he’s going to get. xoxo