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German Chocolate Cake with Homemade Icing

Written by Emily Buys

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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Emily Buys


  • 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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