German Chocolate Cake Frosting

German Chocolate Cake Frosting

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"Coconut Pecan Frosting for German Chocolate Cake."

Ingredients 30 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 280 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 280 kcal
  • 14%
  • Fat:
  • 19.2 g
  • 30%
  • Carbs:
  • 25.8g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 3.3 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 78 mg
  • 26%
  • Sodium:
  • 107 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large saucepan combine evaporated milk, brown sugar, egg yolks, butter and vanilla. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick. Remove from heat and stir in pecans and coconut. Let cool to room temperature before spreading on cake.
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This frosting recipe was easy and turned out fabulous. Make sure you cook over medium to medium heat while stirring constantly to obtain a thick consistancy. I'm a grandma and the smell of the brown sugar, milk, eggs and butter cooking reminded me of my first job in the summer of 1963 where I made carmel corn from scratch each day. This recipe is well worth the little extra effort.


Wonderful frosting! The key to this thickening up is to stir and cook over medium heat for about 12 minutes.


I'm so glad I made this recipe and not one of the others that were on this site. This one looked a lot easier but didn't have as many ratings. I decided to give this one a try and it was wonderful! My husband loves German Chocolate cake and so I made it for his birthday. I decided to go for a home made frosting instead of out of the can, and I'm glad I did. This is easy to make. I boiled it for about 20 minutes on medium, added the nuts and coconut and let cool. I didn't have to add anything to get it to be thick enough, like I read about in other reviews of other recipes. This one turned out great and my husband loved it!