We all know that German chocolate cake is sweet chocolate cake topped with chocolate frosting and a layer of caramel with coconut and pecans. But have you ever wondered what makes German chocolate cake “German”? Well, it turns out German chocolate cake isn’t from Germany at all. It’s named for Samuel German, an American employee of Baker’s Chocolate Company. In 1852, Samuel created a type of dark baking chocolate that was named for him and sold as “Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate.” Fast-forward to 1957, when "The Dallas Morning News" published a local woman’s recipe for “German’s Chocolate Cake.” Her recipe was made with—you guessed it—Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate. Which brings us to today: 60 years after that first published recipe, Tablespoon created this really easy, really delicious version of German chocolate cake, an American national treasure.