…or, chocolate overload! This cake is VERY, very rich. A little goes a long way, but you can sure make a little more go a little further with a cold glass of milk! The whipped hot chocolate frosting is very, very light – with just a hint of hot chocolate flavor, so it doesn’t overpower the coconut pecan filling. But that ganache…oh man that ganache. I have some leftover, and it makes a fantastic fudge!
So the basic recipe is the chocolate cake I use the most. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/324118504413391618/
The filling is a new recipe, but I believe it’s a pretty basic one. http://www.food.com/recipe/german-chocolate-icing-23218
The ganache is 1-1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips heated with a cup of heavy cream in the microwave, 15-20 seconds at a time until you can stir and combine.
The frosting is 8 oz of cream cheese, 3/4 cup of regular sugar, one envelope of hot chocolate mix (any kind) mixed well in a super cold bowl (keep the cream cheese super cold, too!) then add 1-1/2 cup of heavy cream, drizzling and whipping with the whisk attachment until light but firm peaks form.
Assemble this beauty as you would a regular GC cake, then pipe on the frosting around the outside and as a decorative top. Drizzle with that silky ganache. Refrigerate until just before serving; the cake is very tender and will fall apart without much encouragement (but that makes it even better! Cake with a spoon! Win win!)
I warn you – make this and you’ll get requests from now on!