German Chocolate Pound Cake

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Great for a groom’s cake or a special birthday or a picnic in the park! SAM

4 ounces German sweet chocolate
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup shortening
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons crème de cacao
1 cup buttermilk
3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
German Chocolate Glaze (recipe tomorrow)

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9-inch stem pan and set aside. In the top of a double boiler over simmering water or in the microwave, melt the chocolate and set aside. With an electric mixer on medium speed, cream the sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla, crème de cacao, and buttermilk, beating until well blended. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt and add to the sugar mixture, beating until well blended. Add the chocolate and beat until smooth. Stir in the walnuts by hand. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 1/2 hours. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, remove, and place the cake under a tightly fitting cover until it is completely cooled. Glaze with German Chocolate Glaze.
Makes 16 servings.

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