In 1852 Sam German developed a dark sweet baking chocolate for the Baker Chocolate Company. One hundred five years later Mrs. George Clay of Dallas, Texas, submitted her recipe for German’s Chocolate Cake to the “Recipe of the Day” column at The Dallas Morning News. Published on June 3, 1957, the recipe is a chocolate layer cake, filled and topped with a coconut-pecan frosting. General Foods, which owned the Baker brand at that time, publicized the recipe across the country.
National German Chocolate Cake Day is in June.