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German Chocolate Cake Frosting II Recipe
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German Chocolate Cake Frosting II
See how to make a warm German cake frosting with pecans and coconut. See more
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German Chocolate Cake Frosting II

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"German chocolate cake frosting that is cooked on top of the stove and put on warm cake while frosting is warm."

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Original recipe makes 1 frosting for 2 layer cake Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. In a large saucepan combine evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, margarine and vanilla. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick. Remove from heat and stir in pecans and coconut. Spread on cake while still warm.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 08, 2005

I made this recipe,but I added about a tablespoon/table spoon in a half of cornstarch mixed with the evaporated milk,to thicken since some people said it was a little runny.I chopped up my pecans,(only about a half cup or less)about a 1/4 cup of lightly roasted coconut.I finished making the frosting then let it sit for about an hour,it thicken up nicely but not too thick to spread.I frosted it on a nicely refrigerated german chocolate cake and it spread magnificiently.I sell cakes/pies/cookies and food and this cake was gone in 2 minutes or less I kid u not.It was a huge huge huge hit.Also to note,I never liked the frosting on the german chocolate cakes before,due to too much coconut too sweet etc... but this I added to my own liking on the coconut and pecans.It also tasted sweet when I tried it(which made me skeptical)but when it was on the cake the cake isnt that sweet mixed with the frosting it was perfect just perfect I tell u.An A+++++++++++++++++if not better.Thank you thank you thank you.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 06, 2010

This frosting tasted delicious!! was SOOO RUNNY!! I followed the directions just as the cook wrote out.....and at the end I realized I had forgotten to add the cornstarch as everyone else had suggested......So I added it to the mixture....and it did not help at all.....I added more and more...until finally I realized it was not helping and altering the texture of the it.... So there must be a trick or something with activation when you mix the cornstarch with the evaporated milk...b/c it didnt work when it was all over and done with....I would try this again, because the flavor was excellent like I said...there was a heavy topping of coconut/pecan ingredients, and beneath that was all the liquid... It was a waste, we didnt even use it...HOWEVER, the chocolate cake recipe I used was "Too Much Chocolate Cake" and it was heavenly...mmm...i'll be making that cake again for the 4th of July coming up. I just cant figure out why the cook would give a recipe that wouldnt come out right... The miserable part was that it wasted my time, and money... the other recipe I made was baklava and it turned out great lol, better luck next time "?"

Nov 26, 2008

This came out wonderfully, very rich and sweet though, so don't feel the need to really glob it on your cake, just a thin layer is good enough! As far as those reviewers suggesting to add cornstarch, I've got to say 3/4 of the way through cooking I was tempted to throw it out and start again with cornstarch as it was still really thin. But then I just decided that the problem was that on low heat it would take forever to caramalize the sugars enough to thicken the milk. So I just turned up the heat, started stirring like mad, and it did thicken beautifully. I would think that if you did this AND added cornstarch your resulting frosting would be the consistancy of rubber boots, so if you're too scared to turn up the heat, do the cornstarch, if you're no stranger to candy making, by all means leave the cornstarch out and crank the heat up after all the ingredients have gotten warm on low.

Feb 04, 2006

How good is this recipe, it's easy to make and delicious. The reviewer that suggested adding cornstarch to the evaporated milk was right on target. I turned out beautifully. I also toasted the pecans and coconut.

May 15, 2011

This frosting was fabulous!! I did not alter any of the ingredients listed. I agree with other reviewers, it does NOT need cornstarch. Based on other reviews, I added all ingredients, except the vanilla and nuts, into saucepan and cooked over 2-3 level heat for about 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally (while it was warming, I toasted the coconut and pecans in the oven 5 min at 350). Once the butter was thoroughly melted and the mixture was smooth, I turned up the heat to between 6-7 and continued to cook for another 6-7 minutes until the mixture started to boil. After it started to boil, I continued to cook, stirring constantly, for another 6-7 minutes. At the end of the 6-7 minutes, the mixture should just be getting into the soft candy stage (higher than 200 deg). If you are unfamiliar with this, it will seem like the mixture is starting to pull away from the edges of the pan and the bubbles will start making a popping noise more than a rolling boil type sound. Once it reaches this stage, I cooked for about 2 more minutes then removed from heat. I added the vanilla and mixed to blend then added the toasted cooconut and pecans. I left the mixture in the sauce pan on the back of the stove as I made the cake. By the time the cake was cooled, the frosting was a perfect consistency and was the exact amount needed for a 13x9 cake. Turned out magnificient, looked great and tasted even better. Thanks Carol!!

May 20, 2006

This was very good! I also took other reviewers advice and added 1 Tbsp of cornstarch to the evaporated milk. When it was not thickening I brought it to a boil and immediately removed it from the heat and kept stirring it and that did the trick.

Jun 19, 2006

This icing was wonderful! I made a chocolate bundt cake, and poured icing on top. It made a beautiful cake. I received great reviews from my guests! I did add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to evaporated milk, and used real butter rather than margarine. I will definitely be using this recipe again!

Jun 21, 2007

Wow! I made this frosting with Dark Chocolate Cake II for my husband's birthday and it was fantastic! I did use 1 TBSP of cornstarch to help thicken and it came out perfect. I will be using this recipe again and again! UPDATE: I made this frosting again and used walnuts instead of pecans and I ran out of eggs so I used an egg beater in place of one of the egg yolks. It still turned out excellent! This frosting has instantly become a favorite!!!


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  • Calories
  • 265 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 23.5 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 57 mg
  • 19%
  • Fat
  • 18.4 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 3.2 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 129 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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