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German Chocolate Frosting

Slightly adapted from Yammie's Noshery
Sweet coconut pecan frosting that cooks up quickly and easily on the stove.
Course Dessert
Keyword frosting
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 cake


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 3 large egg yolks lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 package sweetened flaked coconut (7 ounces)
  • 2 cups pecans roughly chopped


  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat (so much medium!) stir together milk, butter, brown sugar, and egg yolks.  
  • Stir constantly until mixture is thickened.  If you don't stir the mixture, the eggs will have a tendency to clump up, like scrambled eggs.  You want to dilute the egg mixture so the proteins can't bind together.
  • Once mixture has thickened, remove from heat.
  • Stir in vanilla, coconut, and pecans.  Allow to cool before frosting cake.