I was in a pinch one time and had to make a cake for a large crowd at a church function, so as a result I resorted to make triple boxes of cake mix to create this size cake, and then made my own HOMEMADE Coconut Pecan Frosting, often referred to as German Chocolate Cake frosting, by making the homemade frosting in a triple recipe, it gave the cake much more homemade flavor,everyone enjoyed it. Lots of pecans, to make it crunchy,nutty, and just right.
1In a medium sauce pan mix the evaporated milk, sugar, beaten egg yolks, butter and vanilla.
2Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened, about 12 to 15 minutes. Then stir in coconut and pecans.
3Allow to cool until thick enough to spread, beating occassionally. This recipe makes enough to frost the TOPS ONLY OF 3 (9") LAYER CAKES, or tops and sides of 2 layer cakes.
4NOTE IF YOU WANT TO COVER BOTH TOP AND SIDES, MAKE ONE AND A HALF TIMES THE RECIPE . THIS SHOULD GIVE YOU ENOUGH. Or you may opt to do as I did here, to get more serving bake it in a sheet cake pan.
5ALSO NOTE: The frosting you see here is a TRIPLE RECIPE, SO KEEP THAT IN MIND. Recipe given is for ONE RECIPE ONLY.
6Cream butter & sugar in a medium bowl till light and smooth. Beat in egg yolks,one @ a time. Add vanilla and beat on high speed till light & fluffy about 3 minutes. Add chocolate and blend on low speed. Alternating with buttermilk, fold in dry ingredients into butter mixture beginning and ending with dry ingredients.
In a large bowl beat the egg whites on high speed till soft peaks form then fold into cake batter. Divide batter evenly among 3 pans and smooth tops. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 30 to 35 minutes, until the cake pulls away from sides of pan, & center springs back when gently pressed. Set on racks and allow to cool. Then frost as directed above.