Homemade german chocolate frosting

Finished product, ready to eat!
Finished product, ready to eat! | Source

I have grown up always loving German Chocolate cake! My Auntie used to make a homemade recipe from scratch that was so good, I would look forward to it every time I visited her! While I love almost any chocolate cake, the best part of a German Chocolate cake is the coconut frosting. Although you can purchase pre-packaged frosting from the grocery store to save time, this recipe is well worth the time and effort it takes to make it from scratch.


3-4 egg yolks

12 ounces evaporated milk

1 1/4 dark brown sugar

1 1/4 sticks of butter, room temperature

1 teaspoon pure vanilla

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

2 cups sweetened coconut

1 3/4 chopped pecans


In a saucepan, combine egg yolks, evaporated milk, brown sugar and butter. Cook over medium heat until all the ingredients are fully mixed. Keep on medium heat for 10 more minutes or until the mixture thickens.

Allowing mixture to thicken
Allowing mixture to thicken | Source

After the mixture thickens, remove it from the heat and add vanilla, salt, coconut and pecans. You can choose to toast the coconut and pecans or keep them as is. Let the frosting cool before applying it on a cake.

It can be refrigerated to speed up the cooling time or for storage until you are ready to use it.

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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Wow. This looks like a great frosting! Thanks for sharing. I really love German Chocolate cake!

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peti 5 years ago Author

Dexter, I love it too:) Hope you enjoy!

Cassie 3 years ago

How much frosting will this yield?

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peti 3 years ago Author

Cassie, I was able to generously ice 24 cupcakes and have extra left over.

Alexus 3 years ago

How much brown sugar do you use? Is it in cups?

Andrea D 2 years ago

what's the difference between pure vanilla and vanilla extract?

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peti 2 years ago Author

Alexus, I'm so sorry I missed your question! Yes, it is in cups!

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peti 2 years ago Author

Andrea, it is pure vanilla extract I used as opposed to imitation vanilla extract.

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