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White mixing spoon full of Caramel Pecan Frosting above a bowl of more frosting.
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Coconut Pecan Frosting

This Coconut Pecan Frosting is a rich and decadent stovetop frosting made with eggs, pecans, butter, sugar, coconut, and evaporated milk used on German Chocolate Cake.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 1421kcal



  • Combine the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, butter, vanilla, and salt in a saucepan. 
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat. 
  • Add the shredded coconut and chopped pecans to the mixture and beat with a hand mixer until cool and of spreading consistency.
  • Makes about 2 1/2 cups or enough to cover tops of three layers.


Calories: 1421kcal | Carbohydrates: 122g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 101g | Saturated Fat: 50g | Cholesterol: 364mg | Sodium: 499mg | Potassium: 694mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 115g | Vitamin A: 1745IU | Vitamin C: 2.8mg | Calcium: 345mg | Iron: 2.9mg