German Chocolate Cake Icing

German chocolate cake icing is a cooked custard style frosting and or filling.
It is also known as coconut pecan icing and makes a delectable wedding cake filling.

The two tiered cake in the video was for a birthday and was filled with this wonderful recipe. I also put the filling on the top of the six inch tier and then drizzled it with chocolate. The outer frosting is a chocolate ganache.

The grapes were fresh picked moments before this shot was taken. They are grown at the family owned and operated White Silo Vineyards in Sherman Connecticut.

The Video

Coconut Pecan Frosting

German chocolate cake filling recipe

This cooked German chocolate cake icing can be used as a wedding cake filling or even a frosting for a very unique wedding cake. The coconut and pecans give this buttery icing a wonderful creamy and crunchy texture full of flavor.


  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 a cup butter
  •  3 eggs beaten
  • 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

For the tutorial below I doubled the recipe above. This makes close to seven cups. In the demonstration I used a two layer 12 inch and a two layer 6 inch cake. This recipe multiplied by 2 filled both of them generously with 1 cup left over.

Step-by-Step Directions

add sugar

Start by adding 2 cups of sugar to a medium sized pot.

add milk and stir

Next add 2 cups of evaporated milk to the sugar and stir. Evaporated milk can be found at your local grocery store.

add butter

Add(16 ounces)two sticks of butter to the sugar and evaporated milk and stir over a low to medium to melt the butter.

add eggs

Lightly beat 6 eggs and add them to the warm mix of butter, evaporated milk and sugar.

stir until bubbly

Stir until the mixture bubbles. When the custard coats the back of a wooden spoon it is ready for the coconut and pecans.

add nuts, coconut and vanilla

Stir in 2 cups of chopped pecans and 2- 2/3 cups of coconut, plus 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Cover lightly and put into the refrigerator to cool and thicken.

German Chocolate Cake filling

Once the mixture is cooled and thick it is ready for filling your cakes. You can also use it on the outside of the cake as a frosting or as a decorative topping.

pecan coconut filling

The picture above is a 12 inch layer of chocolate buttermilk cake and a layer of German Chocolate Cake Icing.

Try this with this famous chocolate cake recipe

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