It's that time of year again. The time when our friend Mark celebrates his birthday and I make him a German Chocolate Cake. I've made ones in the past here, here, and here, but this year wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to stay true to the German's Chocolate Cake: chocolate cake made with German's chocolate, coconut caramel filling, chocolate buttercream. I also wanted to add something to keep it fresh. So, I decided to make a drip cake with German's Chocolate Bark shards on top.
After I found out that there were 18 people expected at the party, I wound up making 13x9 layers of cake, following recipes from previous years.
After the crumb coat set, I added a thicker coat of frosting and tried to make it fairly smooth. I set that back in the fridge to chill while I made the ganache.
Lastly, but not pictured, I added a few borders of frosting along the bottom of the cake. I set it in the fridge for 6 hours before the party to set and gain some structure. We had to transport it about 20 minutes away on a hot summer evening.
The cake was a success! Mark loved it. He blew out all the candles and ate the leftovers for breakfast!
Here's Lori, Mark's beautiful wife, myself and Jon in the background.