What does Germany have to do with pecans and coconuts? Why is this cake called German chocolate? German chocolate cake actually has nothing to do with Germany. German’s chocolate cake was the original name and was attributed to the American chocolate maker, Sam German. He developed the dark baking chocolate that the cake is made with. The frosting is the most distinguishing aspect of the cake; the gooey caramel with coconut and pecans now define the cake, not the dark chocolate. And that is the rest of the story….