German Chocolate Cake Icing

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

The German Chocolate Cake Icing Video

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

Coconut Pecan Frosting

This cooked German chocolate cake icing can be used as a 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.


This recipe makes about 3 1/2 cups. It's doubled in the video for a larger cake. 

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

NOTE: For the birthday in the video I doubled the recipe above. Doubled it 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.


Start by adding the sugar to a medium sized pot. Next add the evaporated milk to the sugar and stir. Evaporated milk can be found at your local grocery store. Add the butter to the sugar and evaporated milk and stir over a low to medium to melt the butter. Lightly beat the eggs and add them to the warm mix of butter, evaporated milk and sugar. Stir until the mixture bubbles. When the custard coats the back of a wooden spoon it is ready for the coconut and pecans. Stir in the chopped pecans and coconut, plus vanilla. Cover lightly and put into the refrigerator to cool and thicken. 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.

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