German Chocolate Cake Frosting


This German chocolate frosting is a classic coconut pecan topping for German chocolate cake.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 cup evaporated milk

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup butter

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 ⅓ cups flaked coconut

  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Combine evaporated milk, brown sugar, butter, egg yolks, and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, at a low boil until mixture turns a light caramel color and thickens, about 10 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat and stir in coconut and pecans. Let cool to room temperature before spreading on cake.

    top-down view of a cake with coconut-pecan frosting on top, with chocolate frosting on the sides and piped chocolate rosettes around the top and bottom edges
    Princess Bakerella

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

280 Calories
19g Fat
26g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 280
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 107mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 85mg 7%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 162mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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