Coconut-Pecan Frosting

Yes, this is the classic coconut-pecan frosting recipe used for our German Chocolate Cake, but you don't have to stop there. If you love the nutty frosting recipe, add it any cake flavor you want.

Coconut-Pecan Frosting
Photo: Jason Donnelly


  • 4 egg yolks

  • 1 12 ounce can evaporated milk

  • 1 ½ cup sugar

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 7 ounce package flaked coconut (2 2/3 cups)

  • 1 cup pecans, chopped


  1. In a 2-qt. saucepan combine egg yolks, evaporated milk, sugar, and butter. Cook and stir over medium heat 20 to 25 minutes or until thickened and mixture coats the back of a metal spoon.

  2. Remove from heat. Stir in flaked coconut and pecans. Cover and cool, before using.

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