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Coconut Pecan Frosting


This rich, gooey, caramel-like frosting is arguably the best part of a German chocolate cake.  The chewiness of the shredded coconut paired with the crunch of the pecans and the sweetness of the evaporated milk makes for a frosting and filling that can be eaten by the spoonful.  

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Coconut Pecan Frosting
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 3 cups
This rich, gooey, caramel-like frosting is the star of a German chocolate cake.
  • ¾ cup evaporated milk
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1⅓ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  1. Combine the evaporated milk, brown sugar and butter chunks in a medium pan over medium heat.
  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring it occasionally.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the coconut and pecans.
  4. Let the frosting cool and then use it to generously fill and ice German chocolate cake or cupcakes.

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