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German chocolate cake frosting is a rich and decadent topping that perfectly complements the moist and flavorful layers of a traditional German chocolate cake.

Made with sweetened condensed milk, coconut, pecans, and a hint of vanilla, this frosting adds a deliciously sweet and nutty flavor to every bite.

Whether you’re baking a special occasion cake or simply craving a slice of indulgence, this homemade frosting is sure to impress.


  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


In a medium saucepan, combine the evaporated milk, granulated sugar, egg yolks, and butter.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, about 10-12 minutes.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract, shredded coconut, and chopped pecans until well combined.

Allow the frosting to cool to room temperature before spreading it over the cooled cake layers.

Nutritional Facts

This German chocolate cake frosting recipe yields approximately 12 servings.

Here are the nutritional facts per serving:

  • Calories: 280
  • Protein: 3g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 25g
  • Sodium: 80mg


Can I use sweetened coconut flakes instead of shredded coconut?

Yes, you can use sweetened coconut flakes instead of shredded coconut. However, the texture of the frosting may be slightly different.

Can I make this frosting ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the frosting ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Let it come to room temperature before using.

Can I freeze the frosting?

Yes, you can freeze the frosting in an airtight container for up to three months. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and stir well before using.

Can I use this frosting on other cakes?

While German chocolate cake frosting is traditionally used on German chocolate cake, you can also use it as a topping for other cakes or desserts, such as brownies or cupcakes.

Can I omit the pecans if I have a nut allergy?

Yes, you can omit the pecans if you have a nut allergy.

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