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Inside-Out German Chocolate Torte


Our variation on German chocolate cake conceals a coconut-pecan filling between brownielike cake layers, with an out glaze of chocolate ganache.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2002



Cook's Notes

The chocolate glaze takes time to cool; have it ready before assembling the torte.

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How would you rate this recipe?
  • Exysay
    25 DEC, 2012
    I normally like Martha's recipes but this was very disappointing. It was more like a brownie and so dense - I could not serve this to anyone and call it a cake. Very disappointed.
  • danielle_m_hatch
    6 DEC, 2011
    i just served this cake for my husbands birthday and it was a big hit. for a small cake it fed a lot of people because it was so dense. several people who normally are not fans of german chocolate cakes, myself included, enjoyed this version.
  • Yette
    10 APR, 2011
    This was AMAZING. The cake is dense, like brownie. The filling, at an inch thick, is the star of the show. Because it is so rich it goes along way and can serve a big crowd with small pieces. This really is a show stopper that everyone loved. This Bakers' notes: I found the ganache recipe made way too much. I would half it next time and still have lots. I also baked the cakes the day before and froze them. This ensured freshness and made handling during assembly super easy.
  • carrot_top_of_the_world
    10 SEP, 2010
    German chocolate isnt German at all. It is actually German's chocolate, named after its creator, American, Sam German in the 1850s. But the cake wasnt first made untill the 1950s in texas. But all it is is a convencie item of bakers chocolate with sugar added.
  • Zwolfe
    13 SEP, 2009
    I absolutely love German Chocolate Cake. My first experience thankfully was in a German village, and it was completely authentic and wonderful.
  • MS10346441
    8 NOV, 2008
    Used Semisweet chocolate and resultant outcome was akin to Almond Joy taste. Made it for a birthday party - my husband's - and everyone seemed to love it!
  • shadyjess
    26 FEB, 2008
    The cake is more like the consistency of a brownie, but it is made with unsweet chocolate, so it is bittersweet. I didn't like the taste, I think it would be better with semi sweet chocolate. The filling is great. The ganache is okay, once again, bittersweet and would be better with a semi sweet chocolate. Use the recipe for the filling and you can't fail with YOUR OWN chocolate cake recipe.
  • delao
    13 JAN, 2008
    Ideal for Chocolatier or dark-chocolate-lover taste buds...Ganache was overpowering and cake was dry, but the filling was fact, the best I have ever had. For the next 5 days straight, I made it to eat by itself. By the 6th day I gained 10 pounds and felt no guilt. I baked for family birthday

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