Tuesday, February 2, 2010

German Brownie Torte




This cake was another "husband request." It's very easy to make and delicious. As I was making this I was wondering who was going to eat this thing since both of us are trying to ease off sweets and drop a few pounds. This is not the kind of cake my son would like since it has coconut. No need to worry, WE ate it!!! How could we resist? I have to admit though that the picture in the magazine was a lot better than how mine looked. I had a hard time getting all the layers the same size and it just wasn't perfectly shaped. But my husband is a whiz at frosting so I had him frost it up and put it together. Whenever I am in a pinch with a cake he comes to the rescue. That is where his years of catering pay off!




My son's school called this morning around 5am and left a message that the school had no heat and was closed. I had a gut feeling something was up when I had seen about 10 electrical company vans parked out there yesterday in the parking lot!!!! So he has been off since last Friday and who knows if there will even be school tomorrow with more snow coming in tonight. I am at the point where I just don't know if I can survive all this snow!!!! They are even calling for another storm on the weekend.....Man, enough is enough!!!!




My husband found this cake I believe in a recent issue of Woman's Day.........




1 1/2 cups sweetened, flaked coconut


1 1/2 cups chopped pecans


1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar


1/2 stick (4 Tbsp) butter, melted


1 box (21 oz) Family Style Chewy Fudge Brownies mix


2 cups heavy cream


1/3 cup confectioners' sugar




Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 15 x 10 in rimmed baking sheet with heavy duty foil, letting foil extend above pan on both ends. Coat with nonstick spray.


Mix coconut, pecans, brown sugar and butter in a bowl until well blended; set aside. Prepare brownie mix as package directs for cake-like brownies. Pour batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly. Top with coconut mixture.


Bake 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack.


Lift foil by ends onto a cutting board. Cut brownie crosswise in thirds. Beat cream and confectioners' sugar in a bowl with mixer on medium high speed until moist, stiff peaks form when beaters are lifted.




To assemble:


Place 1 brownie layer, nut side up, on a serving platter. Spread top with 1 cup whipped cream. Repeat with remaining layers and cream, ending with cake. Frost sides with remaining cream. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.




To serve:


Cut with a serrated knife in 1 inch slices.


30 comments:

Happy Cook said...

Woow that is such a beautiful and delicous looking torte. I would love to have a double portion.

Julie said...

I don't think I could resist that either! Looks amazing :)

Mary said...

This looks really, really good. Save a piece for me :-). You sound like you're having a bad spell of cabin fever. Spring is just around the corner. Hugs...Mary

Jenn said...

YUM!! That looks so good and I'm not even a fan of coconut!! :)

George Gaston said...

Debbie, what a fabulous cake! And the ease is a real plus, too. I am definitely going to give this a try. Thanks...

Joanne said...

Haha it's a good thing your husband reads Women's Day!

This looks fantastic. I can't believe your son has been off for so long! You are either going crazy or are loving it...

Manggy said...

Your husband frosted that?! And he was in catering?! That's fantastic!!

Jenn said...

Funny how your hubby found it in a woman's magazine. hehe... It looks awesomely delicious though. Plus, I love german chocolate.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

How could you resist that cake? It looks fantastic! And yes, frosting fixes everything.

My kids would be happy to take some snow off your hands. We're looking at 53 and cloudy/rainy all week.

teresa said...

oh my goodness, i have a friend that love all things german chocolate, so i can't wait to send this to her!

would you let me know when you get your silpat? i just want to know it made it to you safe and sound :)

A Year on the Grill said...

The cake looks great... wonder what hubby thinks of you outing his reading habits

Leslie said...

I would eat the whole thing as well!

Pam said...

This looks so decadent and delicious.

noble pig said...

We would have eaten the whole thing too, LOL. Sounds delish and I bet your son is so excited to stay home.

Victor said...

I just happened to bump on your blog. You have so much delicious recipes, great job on the torte. I start to follow your blog.

Monica H said...

Your husband frosted that cake? What a man. I love my husband and I think he's quite brilliant but he draws the line at frosting :-)

QIS said...

this is my first time here. oh..the cake looks delicious and tempting. you have a lovely site =)

Joyce said...

Hey your making me fat with all your delicious cake recipes:)

The Blonde Duck said...

Printing off for my MIL--she'll love this!

Sophie said...

Waw!! Just look at this georgous & splendid looking cake!!

MMMMMMMM,...lovely!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Um, this looks way too good for me to trust myself. I'm almost glad you live so far away.

Can you send me a slice anyway? Think of it as long distance portion control.

Laura

Katy ~ said...

Debbie, I have to smile because I'm trying to reduce our sweet intake as well, and all of a sudden all I want to make is cookies, etc. And now I see this tempting cake and wish for a nice nibble of this. So nice for a valentine's day treat, I think, too.

We've been lucky, not a lot of snow here in our little corner of New England. It looks like everyone else is getting our portion.

Peabody said...

That looks seriously awesome!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Wow this looks decadent! Perfect treat for Valentine's Day!

MaryMoh said...

That's rich, creamy and delicious. I love it.

Carrie said...

Wow, your cake looks amazing!!! I love brownies and tortes so put them together... Mmm, heaven!!

Coleen's Recipes said...

I could EASILY dive, head first, into this dessert hahahaha.

Elizabeth said...

Wow - this looks great!

Melissa said...

Mmmmm!!! I love German Chocolate Cake, I will have to give this a go! I wonder if I can get the hubbs to try it, he isnt a fan of coconut either.

Ingrid said...

You've been on a baking roll! You mean this isn't a Deen family recipe that your hubby picked? :)
~ingrid