Luscious Layer Bars

One 4-ounce package Germans Sweet Chocolate
1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, separated
1 cup buttermilk
2-1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup pecans, chopped
2 cups coconut
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Chocolate Frosting:
One 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
6 tablespoons margarine
Two 1-ounce chocolate squares
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups powdered sugar

Melt chocolate in boiling water let cool. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg yolks one at a time. Beat well after each addition. Add chocolate that has been cooled, and vanilla. Mix. Add buttermilk. Sift flour, salt and soda. Add alternately with stiffly beaten egg whites. Stir in pecans. Pour into greased and floured pan (15 x l0 x 2 inch) and bake at 350F for 45 minutes. Center will be firm to touch. In medium bowl, combine coconut and condensed milk; spoon and spread over partially baked base. Return to oven and bake 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely. Spread frosting over loaf. Cut into bars.

Chocolate Frosting:
Melt chocolate in microwave, let cool. Cream the cream cheese and margarine in bowl with mixer. After well creamed, add chocolate and vanilla and mix well. Add powdered sugar and blend well. Pour frosting over cake and coconut filling.

Serves 34.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana