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German Chocolate Cake with Homemade Icing

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!

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German Chocolate Cake Icing
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  • ¾ cup evaporated milk
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter or margarine
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1⅓ cups coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  1. Combine milk, sugars & butter in a saucepan. Bring to a full boil, stirring constantly.
  2. 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.
  3. Return sauce to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, coconut and nuts. Let cool to a spreading consistency.


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  • German Chocolate cake is my favorite as well. I never get if for my birthday because my family doesn’t like coconut either!

  • I would LOVE to make this German Chocolate icing….but…I’m not seeing anything in the box above except this: *#ingredients# & 1. #instructions#

    Am I “missing something” here? And why the hash-tags?

    Thank you 🙂 and btw, I *love* your blog! 🙂

  • THANK YOU!! I made this yesterday evening and wanted to let you know it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for!! My Mom made her from scratch (as I called it…”a little of this…a little of that…a whole LOT of those” kind of recipes – Lol!) and trying to get her to actually write them down, including her recipe for the coconut/pecan icing for her German Chocolate cake, was harder than making the cake – Lol – and your recipe is the closest I’ve found!! It’d going to get printed-off & go to my “Keeper” file!! Lol! Again, thank you for re-doing the recipe! 🙂 Merry Christmas!!

  • When I use coconut in recipes, I make sure to use really good brand like angelflake, especially in the can it’s more tender then I use a knife and chop it up even more, most people who don’t care for coconut, like it better this way

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