Wednesday, December 13

Around The World From Your Desktop: A Taste of England – A Recipe For German Chocolate Cake

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England’s rich history and culture has impacted all Americans today. Taking the jump across the pond was a bittersweet moment. Although Americans went on to bigger things, they left a lot at home. England, at one point, was the most modern, well-known country. They were part of a significant turning point in history with their development of Parliament and strong Monarchy. Today England has a lot to show from their popular reign. Through this project I have learned England is not a teen, young adult or middle aged country. It is mature in its age and becoming one of our world’s elders. It has been through war, reign, and improvement, which makes it one of the most interesting and traveled to countries in the world. I believe England has grown to be wise and humble in its years of experience.

Country Information

  • Geographic Facts

Here are three geographic facts about England:

1.            England is one of four countries part of the island Great Britain. It is only 360 miles north to south, and 270 miles east to west. Today England’s population is over 51 million which is 84% of Great Britain’s inhabitants.

2.            The country is known for its “rolling hills” and coast line on the North Sea. The heart of England is often portrayed as miles (or kilometers) of beautiful grassy hills.

3.            The Thames River runs through England, and has been a very important part of import and trade throughout English history.

  • 3 “Serious” Facts

Here are three serious facts about England:

1.            London is one of the main command cities of the world’s economy due to its financial center.

2.            A big cultural difference is that the English class system is not determined by the amount of money the person has, but by their background or family name they carry. Hence, the reason of difficulty in upward social mobility in this country.

3.            England’s industries are beef, steel, iron, tea, timber, and butter. These are all Items are imports throughout English history. For example: The rejection of tea from due to taxation by the British Government was the results of the Boston Tea Party.

  • 3 “Fun” Facts

Here are three serious facts about England:

1.            The English drink more tea than any other country in the world. They drink 20 times more tea than Americans.

2.            It was not uncommon for beer to be served during breakfast in medieval times.

3.            The oldest royal residence is Windsor castle and is still occupied by the royal          family today.

  • A “Potpourri” Item

Here are three unusual facts about England:

  1. In medieval times, the English would put animals on trial and charge their owners with damages.

  1. Horatio Nelson, one of England’s most illustrious admirals was throughout his life, never able to find a cure for his sea-sickness. I find this interesting because he is a distant relative of mine.

  1. In old England, the bartender would yell “Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down’ when customers were unmanageable.  This is where the phrase “mind your P’s and Q’s came from because they ordered their liquor by pints and quarts.

  • 3 Pieces of Travel Information

Here are three pieces of info that travelers to England will want to know about where to go, what to see, and/or how to stay safe while there:

1.            Buckingham Palace is a place to visit in Westminster. The changing of the guard takes place every day at 11:30 am. The soldiers are often shown on television with the big black bushy hat and red coats.

2.            The House of Parliament and Big Ben are also important sites in England. It is the equivalent of the United States white house and our monument. It is where the national laws are made in the United Kingdom.

3.            The train is the most popular form of transportation around the United Kingdom. However all routes branch out from London. This would be the ideal place to get information on transportation to the surrounding countries. It is also only 20 minute train ride from France.

Food Information

  • Recipe
  • 1 pkg. Baker’s German’s sweet chocolate (4 oz.)

  • 1/2 cup Water, boiling

  • 1 cup Butter

  • 1 cup Buttermilk

  • 2 cup Sugar

  • 4 Eggs

  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

  • 2 cups Flour, all-purpose

  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

  • Coconut-pecan (icing/filling)

  • 4 egg yolks

  • 1 can  condensed milk

  • 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla

  • 1-1/2 cups  sugar

  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine

  • 1 pkg.  (7 oz.) BAKER’S ANGEL FLAKE Coconut (about 2-2/3 cups)

  • 1-1/2 cups PLANTERS Chopped Pecans

  • Directions
  • Melt chocolate in water

  • Stir in butter and sugar with chocolate.

  •  Whisp in egg yolks.

  • Stir in vanilla extract and chocolate.

  •  Mix flour, baking soda and salt,

  • Add in flour  mixture, and buttermilk.

  • Use egg whites and beat until no more clumps

  • Pour batter into three 9-inch layer pans, lined on bottoms with
    waxed paper.

  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until it looks risen. (Test to see if it sticks to the fork.)

  • Cool 20 minutes

  • Filling

  • Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl and spread on first sheet of cake for filling and on top and around whole cake once the second layer is added.

  • This was given to me by my mom. One of her friends from college mom’s gave it to her because she was always baking. The German Chocolate cake is not actually of Germen Decent. An English man named Sam German is credited for creating a dark chocolate in 1852. Baker’s Germen sweet chocolate was made in honor of Sam German.

  • My Kitchen Story  

The kitchen experience was a very easy one. I have made this cake for the last ten years with my family. It took 2 hours to make. I live with my roommate and her dog was constantly following me the whole time. I accidentally dropped a bag of flour on the floor, which Lucy (the dog) stepped in and created a track of flour paw prints all through the kitchen and dining room. It was funny, but not fun to clean. The main ingredient is the Baker’s Sweetened Chocolate, which I think makes the cake. I normally would make it for my mother’s birthday because it’s her favorite and also for our family Christmas party. I’m not good at cooking but I have always been good at baking, especially cakes and brownies.


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David C. Wyld ( is the Robert Maurin Professor of Management at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. He is a management consultant, researcher/writer, and executive educator. His blog, Wyld About Business, can be viewed at He also serves as the Director of the Reverse Auction Research Center (, a hub of research and news in the expanding world of competitive bidding. Dr. Wyld also maintains compilations of works he has helped his students to turn into editorially-reviewed publications at the following sites:



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