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Rating: 4.56 stars
52 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 38
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2

This is a yummy frosting to top a German chocolate cake with. It is a traditional recipe with coconut and walnuts.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
2 cups
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium saucepan, combine the half and half, butter, sugar, yolks and cornstarch. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the coconut and walnuts. Cool to room temperature before frosting cake.

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Nutrition Facts

234 calories; protein 2.3g; carbohydrates 22.2g; fat 16g; cholesterol 79mg; sodium 82.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (48)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/29/2004
My boyfriend started eating this frosting with a spoon it was SO good. One word of advice, wisk the cornstarch in with the half/half first so there are no lumps later. I used Pecans and toasted both them and the coconut as others suggested, it was WONDERFUL! Read More
(59)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/05/2010
VERY disappointed. Very bland and not at all what I have ever had on a German chocolate cake. This took more work more expensive ingredients and was far inferior to the regular brown sugar recipe. This is NOT a "keeper". Read More
(5)
52 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 38
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
02/29/2004
My boyfriend started eating this frosting with a spoon it was SO good. One word of advice, wisk the cornstarch in with the half/half first so there are no lumps later. I used Pecans and toasted both them and the coconut as others suggested, it was WONDERFUL! Read More
(59)
Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2003
OH man..I could eat this frosting till I couldn't see straight anymore. I love german chocolate cake...(no one's is as good as my mema's) but the frosting makes up for that. Our regular recipe calls for either milk or evaporated milk I believe but half and half is certainly a great substitute. Thanks so much Sierra. Read More
(35)
Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2003
I have been looking for a good GC frosting -- this was it! I must admit though I used pecans not walnuts. I'm fairly certain (??) that tradition would have you use pecans for a GC cake... besides I am allergic to walnuts so that never would have worked.:) It turned out great -- thanks! Read More
(22)
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2010
This is my go-to recipe for german chocolate cake frosting... so unbelievably good! My husband's all time favorite. The eggs must be tempered or you will have cooked egg in your frosting. I get the half & half butter sugar & cornstarch to a near boil then take out a small amount to temper with the yolks. Slowly add the whipped egg yolks into it then slowly add all back into the pan - be sure to stir constantly with a whisk while pouring into pan. You must bring it all to a full boil to get the mixture to a thick custard like consistency. Then add the coconut & nuts. I do add about 1-1/2 cups of coconut to get a thicker frosting like consistency. SO GOOD!!!! Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2004
Frosting was great! Tasted great on the german chocolate cake recipe. I changed one thing I used pecans instead of the walnuts. Be sure to let it set to thicken. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2005
I thought this recipe was fantastic! I added 1 tsp. of vanilla and substituted pecans for the walnuts. I also toasted the pecans and coconut first. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2005
Very tasty!! This frosting is not sickeningly sugary like some frostings and I would willingly eat it even without a cake under it... However be VERY careful not to overheat the frosting; on one memorable occasion I ended up picking out bits of cooked yolk at the end. Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
12/07/2004
This frosting was a bit loose but the taste was wonderful and I would use it again. Next time I may boil it a bit longer. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2011
MADE THIS RECIPE & I ADDED 1/2 TEASPOON COCONUT EXTRACT. IT WAS ABSOLUTELY DIVINE. Read More
(9)
Rating: 2 stars
10/05/2010
VERY disappointed. Very bland and not at all what I have ever had on a German chocolate cake. This took more work more expensive ingredients and was far inferior to the regular brown sugar recipe. This is NOT a "keeper". Read More
(5)