Coconut Frosting – German Chocolate Cake Frosting

Homemade german chocolate frostingOne thing my dad and I have in common is that we both love german chocolate cake! It's a recipe that we request for our birthdays often. His birthday is in the fall and mine is in the winter so as the weather cools down I am starting to have german chocolate cake on the brain. Apparently.German chocolate cake recipeAs I was dreaming about cake (like I do) I realized that I have actually never made coconut frosting from scratch. I have always just used the store bought kind. Which is fine, nothing wrong with using something pre made now and again. But I love the challenge of trying new things. And since coconut frosting is a favorite of mine I decided to give it a go.German chocolate cake frostingCoconut Frosting, makes enough for a dozen cupcakes. Recipe adapted from here.

Needed: 4 egg yolks, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup light corn syrup, 1 cup evaporated milk, 1/2 cup butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 8-10 ounces coconut flakes and 1 1/2 cups pecans.

In a pot stir together the yolks, sugar, corn syrup and evaporated milk. Heat over low heat, being careful not to allow the eggs to cook too quickly or they will scramble. Gross. Add in the butter and allow it to melt, stirring as you go. Now turn the heat up allow the mixture to reach a low boil. Keep stirring for 10-12 minutes as the mixture thickens into almost a custard. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Now add in the coconut and pecans. Next time I think I will lightly pulse the coconut flakes and pecans in a food processor before adding them, just to make the texture a little bit more smooth.Chocolate cupcakesI used a small ice cream scoop to dollop the frosting on as spreading the frosting just didn't seem to make sense for these. I really loved making this frosting at home, glad I took the time to learn. Try something new this weekend! xo. Emma

  • please please do a post on your diet and fitness! this looks fantastic! how do you eat and stay so fit??

  • It’s so funny!!!
    I saw kind of these in brownies last year in New York and they were called “German Brownie”… but seriously??? (I come from germany) I’ve never seen them here before 😀 It’s so funny, I don’t really know, what makes these cupcakes german, is it just the chocolate cake dough or the frosting??? I think it looks like sauerkraut but I am not sure if this was the intention??? 😀

    great though!

  • Yummmyyyy! I love coconut!


  • I’m saving this recipe to make for later! Looks sooo delicious.

  • my uncle doesn’t like cake, so we just make him german chocolate cake FROSTING 😀 So silly!

  • Emma. I LOVE your blog posts and your dry sense of humour. It makes me laugh every time!! These look yum scrum.


  • it looks so tasty! love baking cupcakes, so i’m definitely going to try to make this frosting some time!

  • Super super delicious! I’ve never heard of German Chocolate Cake :O…. I read the whole post but I couldn’t find a link to that recipe, do you have a post about that recipe? Would love to make it ^^


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    Thanks a lot

  • i am from germany but i didn´t know that a german chocolate cake exists. what´s so special about it?

  • Oh my Goodness! You must be reading my mind. I have not been able to stop thinking about German Chocolate Cake all week. It’s not something anyone else in my family likes so I don’t get to have it often. Once a year on my birthday.
    These cupcakes look divine. I’m so going to be making some.
    Thank you.

  • Sweetened, shredded coconut adds flavor and texture to a luscious butter and cream cheese frosting that’s easy to make and ever so good. Use toasted coconut …

  • Totally fascinated by the look of the icing, I’ve never seen a textured icing like this before. I’m curious…Rx

  • Perfect for the fall! German chocolate cake makes everyone warm and toasty on the inside! If I make them in cupcake form I can take them with me on the run!


  • Good morning!!

    I love chocolatecupcakes… Thanks for sharing. Hugs from Sweden

  • That is one of my fave frostings (my most fave is cream cheese). I haven’t made that in years, I need to make it again.

  • yum. looks good. I need to stop talking about baking and get in the kitchen- looks so fun and I have always wanted to learn! Thanks for always reminding me to try new things and have fun!

  • Yummy! I tried something new this weekend: Making macarons for the first time. Didn’t turn out so well. But they tasted amazing, luckily!

  • Wow! That looks so delicious. I loooove coconut but everyone I know doesn’t like it at all. They’re missing out 🙂

    xo, Adriana.

  • Everything you make just looks to delicious! Thanks for the recipe and the inspiration to actually try to make it!

  • Your cupcakes look delicious! My dad loves german chocolate cake too. I made one for his birthday once and the recipe called for lightly toasted coconut which added a really nice crunch to it.

  • Yum! I love coconut tops like that but have never heard it called coconut frosting! I can’t wait to try this out!

  • It looks so yummy! And your pictures of it are beautiful 🙂

  • This looks delicious and my husband loves coconut! Great recipe!

  • This looks so yummy! With all these sweet recipes, I’m going to be 500 pounds soon!

    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

  • Coconut is my number one fave thing I cannot pass up anything that tastes or smells like coconut- def making this asap x

  • looks yummm… have never tasted either german chocolate cake or the coconut frosting but shall now try them for sure!!!

  • Mmmm, coconut icing is delicious. Of course you guys post the most delicious recipes when I’m at university and can’t cook!


  • i actually love that the frosting has a slightly thicker texture than what you normally see. it makes it look less processed and more beautiful. thanks for sharing!


  • Those look absoluletly DELICIOUS!!! doesnt everything on this blog??? i am a HUGE coconut and chocolate mix fan. So having coconut icing on those chocolate cupcakes is going to be a MUST BAKE for me! 🙂

  • YUM. I absolutely love this idea. The older I get, the more I appreciate german chocolate EVERYTHING. 🙂 Good stuff!

  • Love this frosting. I’m gonna try it right away:) Check out my blog you can find some delicious foods:)

  • YES! The last time I made one of the cupcake recipes that you posted, it was THE BEST I’d ever had. So I’m definitely ready to try some coconut frosting.

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