German Chocolate Cake Icing

    30 min

    The traditional icing used to fill and top the classic German chocolate cake. It's caramel flavoured and dotted with pecans and coconut.

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    Makes: 1 icing for 2 layer cake

    • 250ml evaporated milk
    • 220g dark brown soft sugar
    • 3 egg yolks
    • 115g butter
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 110g chopped pecans
    • 100g desiccated coconut

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. In a large saucepan combine evaporated milk, dark brown soft sugar, egg yolks, butter and vanilla. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick. Remove from heat and stir in pecans and coconut. Let cool to room temperature before spreading on cake.

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    This frosting recipe was easy and turned out fabulous. Make sure you cook over medium to medium heat while stirring constantly to obtain a thick consistancy. I'm a grandma and the smell of the brown sugar, milk, eggs and butter cooking reminded me of my first job in the summer of 1963 where I made carmel corn from scratch each day. This recipe is well worth the little extra effort.  -  26 Jul 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Wonderful frosting! The key to this thickening up is to stir and cook over medium heat for about 12 minutes.  -  16 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I'm so glad I made this recipe and not one of the others that were on this site. This one looked a lot easier but didn't have as many ratings. I decided to give this one a try and it was wonderful! My husband loves German Chocolate cake and so I made it for his birthday. I decided to go for a home made frosting instead of out of the can, and I'm glad I did. This is easy to make. I boiled it for about 20 minutes on medium, added the nuts and coconut and let cool. I didn't have to add anything to get it to be thick enough, like I read about in other reviews of other recipes. This one turned out great and my husband loved it!  -  23 Feb 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)