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Coconut-Pecan Frosting

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  • 1 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • 3 C flaked coconut
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 1/2 C pecans


  • Using a whisk, mix egg yolks, milk and vanilla in a large saucepan over medium heat until well blended.
  • Add in butter and sugar and cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes or until it turns golden brown and thickens. {One minute it will be soupy, the next it will be thick.. }
  • Stir constantly
  • Remove from heat; add in coconut and pecans, mix thoroughly
  • Pour into 9X13 dish to cool the molten lava frosting of deliciousness
  • Use this to fill and top your favorite German Chocolate Cake recipe


This is the frosting that I grew up making for a double layer German Chocolate Cake.
I've made a few adjustments for my own flavor preferences and I really think this recipe is the best.
If you're making a 3 layer German Chocolate Cake, you're going to want to double this recipe... trust me on this ;-) after all you're going to need to taste it along the way, aren't you? :-)
Author: Rachel