German Chocolate Cake with Homemade Icing
My husband’s 33rd birthday was this weekend, and his absolute FAVORITE cake is German Chocolate Cake. I must admit that I don’t make this cake often, because I am not a huge fan of coconut. Neither are the kids! Because it was his birthday I let him win. Gotta let him choose every once in a while right?
This cake would be heavenly, for me, if I could just leave off the coconut. I would love all of that caramel goodness! It’s not the flavor of coconut that bothers me, but the texture. However, if you are a lover of coconut, cake and caramel type frosting, then you will love this German Chocolate Cake. You can use a store bought German Chocolate Cake mix, to simplify, but this frosting is way better than canned frosting. This recipe comes from my mother-in-law. Hubby’s favorite!
- 3/4 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/3 cups coconut
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Combine milk, sugars & butter in a saucepan. Bring to a full boil, stirring constantly.
- Remove pot from heat (may look curdled). String a small amount of mixture into the egg yolks (to temper), then add back into the mixture.
- Return sauce to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, coconut and nuts. Let cool to a spreading consistency.