So I know these National food days get out of hand, but bear with me here. Sunday is National German Chocolate Cake. It’s also my dad’s birthday. And German Chocolate Cake is his favorite cake. Is your mind blown?! Mine was. But maybe that’s because I’ve known his favorite is German Chocolate Cake for a long time, but only recently discovered that the official holiday is on the same day as his birthday!
I always thought German Chocolate Cake was a flavor combo from Germany. It turns out, German is a type of chocolate developed by a guy named German. The history of German Chocolate Cake is actually pretty interesting. I guess that probably sounds boring to most people. But if you’re not one of those people, here is where I read about it.
I decided to go with brownies instead of cake, but I wanted to keep in the key features of the cake, specifically German chocolate and buttermilk. Unfortunately my grocery store did not have German chocolate and only had huge bottles of buttermilk, so for both ingredients I used substitutions. For the German chocolate, I used cocoa powder, butter, and sugar. For the buttermilk I used milk and lemon juice. Feel free to substitute the German chocolate and buttermilk back in for the substitution agreements in this recipe.
The brownies end up with that slight hint of sour which is balanced out perfectly by the sweet frosting. If you like German Chocolate Cake, give these brownies a go! I can’t wait to make these for my dad when I see him in a few weeks!