Homemade German Chocolate Frosting Recipe

Don’t let the name fool you… German Chocolate Frosting is not actually a chocolate based frosting. This light brown, buttery, caramelized frosting is filled with shreds of sweetened coconut & chopped pecans. While you may be used to having this delicious frosting on top of German Chocolate Cake, we’re here to remind you that it can be used to elevate countless other sweet treats. Use German Chocolate Frosting to top brownies, fudge, cheesecake, or even chocolate cookies to create a decadent dessert with an explosion of flavor!

Here’s a quick recipe for making this frosting at home:

Homemade German Chocolate Frosting Recipe 


2 cups of chopped pecans
3 large eggs
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of evaporated milk
½ cup of butter
2 ⅓ cup sweetened flaked coconut


Baking Sheet
Tin Foil
Medium, Deep Bowl
Measuring Cups
Medium Pot


1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
2. Line a baking sheet with tin foil, spray the tin foil! 
3. If needed, chop pecans, then spread halved pecans across the backing sheet.  
4. Bake for about 4 minutes, then remove the baking sheet from the oven & set aside for later.
5. Crack your eggs into a medium sized deep bowl & whisk until they are well beaten. Set aside.
6. Place a medium sized pot over medium heat. Add your butter, evaporated milk & sugar, stirring well. 
7. Heat to a light simmer, then remove from heat.
8. Pour the mixture into the eggs while whisking vigorously until the mixture has been combined. 
9. Pour the mixture back into the pot & put it back onto the stove top. 
10. Over a medium heat,  while continuing to stir, bring the mixture back to a low simmer while stirring continuously.
11. Cook the mixture over medium heat until it gets thick enough to coat the back of a spoon then remove from heat.

PROTIP - Don’t walk away from the stove. This frosting is a form of a custard, so it will heat up quickly. If you accidentally over cook your German Chocolate Frosting, it may become very thick in texture. No need to worry, you can use if it’s thick or mix in a touch more evaporated milk to help thin it out. 

12. Stir in the coconut flakes & pecans. 
13. Let the frosting cool completely before applying it to your preferred sweet treat. 

Looking for a little extra flavor? Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract, cinnamon or even some pumpkin spice seasoning to add your own twist on this Homemade German Chocolate Frosting Recipe. 

This homemade frosting is truly the “icing” on the cake. But who says German Chocolate Frosting has to be limited to German Chocolate Cake? Use it to frost your cupcakes, as a cake filling, or even as a topper for your holiday cookies.

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