German Chocolate Cake & Coconut Pecan Frosting

Rose Mary Mogan


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.


★★★★★ 4 votes

makes enough for 3 layer cake top only
20 Min
15 Min
Stove Top



  • 1 c
  • 1 c
    evaporated milk
  • 3 large
    egg yolk slightly beaten
  • 1 stick
  • 1 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 c
    shredded coconut
  • 1 c
    chopped pecans

  • 4 oz
    baker's german sweet chocolate,chopped
  • 2 1/2 c
    cake flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 2 stick
    unsalted butter (8 ounces)
  • 2 c
  • 4 large
    eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 c

How to Make German Chocolate Cake & Coconut Pecan Frosting


  1. In a medium sauce pan mix the evaporated milk, sugar, beaten egg yolks, butter and vanilla.
  2. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened, about 12 to 15 minutes. Then stir in coconut and pecans.
  3. Allow 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.
  4. NOTE 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.
  5. ALSO NOTE: The frosting you see here is a TRIPLE RECIPE, SO KEEP THAT IN MIND. Recipe given is for ONE RECIPE ONLY.
  6. Cream 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.

Printable Recipe Card

About German Chocolate Cake & Coconut Pecan Frosting

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate, Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #coconut, #nutty, #tasty

Show 23 Comments & Reviews

Strawberry Recipes You Need To Make This Summer

Strawberry Recipes You Need to Make This Summer

Kitchen Crew

There are many surprising health benefits of strawberries . They are loaded with Vitamin C which helps support a healthy immune system. Their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits can help protect...

13 Sheet Cake Recipes You Want To Slice Into

13 Sheet Cake Recipes You Want to Slice Into

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Easy, delicious and a family favorite - what’s not to love about sheet cake? Check out these 13 sheet cake recipes you need to make for dessert asap!

15 Coffee Break-worthy Coffee Cake Recipes

15 Coffee Break-Worthy Coffee Cake Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Acceptable as a breakfast treat or a light dessert, no one can pass up a piece of coffee cake. Brew an extra pot of coffee today, because we've found 15...