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Coconut Pecan Frosting (German Chocolate Cake Frosting)

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Quick and easy German chocolate cake frosting recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Also known as coconut pecan frosting. Rich, thick, creamy. Loaded with butter, brown sugar, toasted pecans and shredded coconut.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade coconut pecan frosting
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Chill time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Servings 3 cups
Calories 976
Author Abeer Rizvi


  • 1/2 cup Butter Unsalted
  • 1 cup Brown sugar Or you can use 1/2 cups granulated sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup Evaporated milk
  • 3 Eggs Large, Whisked
  • 2 cups Shredded coconut Sweetened
  • 1 cup Pecans Chopped, Toasted
  • 2 German chocolate cake Round, Dimensions: 8x2


  • In a medium-size nonstick saucepan, add butter, brown sugar, evaporated milk. Mix and cook over medium heat until you have a smooth mixture.
  • Remove this mixture from heat when it's at a simmer and not vigorously boiling.
  • Gradually, pour whisked eggs while whisking vigorously until all the eggs have been incorporated.
  • Place the saucepan back on medium heat.
  • Continue cooking on medium heat, while mixing constantly until mixture thickens and coats the back of the spoon. 
  • Remove from heat and mix in coconut and pecans.
  • Let it cool completely as it will thicken slightly more as it cools. Then, enjoy it on a layered German chocolate cake.


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
  • This recipe is enough to fill and frost an 8 inch round cake.
  • If the frosting is too thin, you can cook it for longer until it's reduced further. If it's too thick, you can thin it out by mixing in some milk.  


Calories: 976kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 67g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 270mg | Sodium: 449mg | Potassium: 524mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 81g | Vitamin A: 1405IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 310mg | Iron: 2mg