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German Chocolate Cake Frosting is an old-fashioned delight that pairs perfectly with your favorite chocolate cake.

This homemade coconut pecan frosting is rich, sweet, and utterly irresistible.


Whether you’re topping a cake or simply enjoying it by the spoonful, this recipe is a winner!


1 cup evaporated milk

1 cup granulated sugar

3 egg yolks

1/2 cup margarine (stick form), at room temperature

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup shredded coconut


Medium-sized saucepan


Wooden spoon


Prepare the Frosting:

In a medium-sized saucepan, combine evaporated milk, granulated sugar, egg yolks, and margarine.

Heat the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly until it thickens (about 12 minutes).

Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, chopped pecans, and shredded coconut.

Let the frosting cool completely before using.

Prepare the German Chocolate Cake:

You can either use a store-bought German Chocolate Cake mix or follow your favorite German Chocolate Cake recipe.

Preheat your oven and grease the cake pan or cupcake tin.

Layer the Frosting:

Once your cake is baked and cooled, layer the German Chocolate Frosting generously between the cake layers.

Spread it evenly on top of the cake.


Serve your German Chocolate Cake with this delicious homemade frosting.

It’s also great on graham crackers, ice cream, or straight off your finger!

Nutritional Facts (per serving):

Calories: 280

Fat: 18g

Carbohydrates: 28g

Protein: 3g

Health Benefits

While this frosting is indulgent, the pecans provide healthy fats and protein.

Coconut adds a tropical twist and contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) that may boost metabolism1.


Can I refrigerate the frosting?

Yes, store any leftover frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Can I use butter instead of margarine?

Yes, you can substitute butter for margarine if you prefer.

Can I freeze the frosting?

Freezing is not recommended, as it may affect the texture.

Can I use sweetened coconut?

Yes, but adjust the sugar in the recipe accordingly.

Can I double the recipe for a larger cake?


Just adjust the quantities as needed.

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