Make yummy coconut pecan frosting from scratch in 15 minutes! This frosting tastes fantastic on German chocolate cake, cupcakes, or brownies.
Make yummy coconut pecan frosting from scratch in 15 minutes! This frosting tastes fantastic on German chocolate cake, cupcakes, or brownies.

If you’re searching for a delicious cake, cupcake or brownie frosting that is super easy to make, may I suggest this coconut pecan frosting? It is incredibly simple to prepare (just cook and stir!), and it will impress you with it’s wonderful taste. Why buy it in a plastic container, when you can easily make your own from scratch?

We especially love it on German chocolate cake, but it is also awesome as a topping on chocolate brownies or cupcakes, too! My Mom has been making this frosting for as long as I can remember, and she gave me this recipe at least 30 years ago. Here’s how to make coconut pecan frosting from scratch:

Time to Cook And Stir!

Place evaporated milk, sugar, butter, egg yolks and vanilla extract into a medium saucepan. Cook these ingredients over medium-low heat, stirring to combine. Continue to cook for a FULL 12 minutes, stirring often, so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan and burn.

As it cooks, the mixture will begin to thicken. That is perfect, and is exactly what you want to happen! Once the 12 minutes is up, and the mixture has thickened, remove the saucepan from the direct heat.

Evaporated milk, sugar, butter, egg yolks and vanilla cook in a saucepan.After cooking, the evaporated milk, sugar, butter, egg yolks and vanilla are creamy and yellow in color.

Add the Coconut And Chopped Pecans To Finish

As soon as you take the pan off of the heat, add the shredded coconut and chopped pecans. Stir well, to make sure all the ingredients in the coconut pecan frosting are fully combined.

The finished frosting will be fairly thick, and still quite hot at this point. Set the pan aside and let the coconut pecan frosting cool completely before attempting to frost a cake, etc.

Shredded coconut and chopped pecans are added to saucepan.Coconut Pecan Frosting being stirred in the saucepan.

Ready To Use the Coconut Pecan Frosting!

You can stir the frosting often, to help speed up the cooling process, if desired. When the coconut pecan frosting has cooled completely, you are ready to frost your cake, cupcakes or brownies!

Once the coconut pecan frosting has cooled, it is ready to use to decorate cakes, etc.

See how pretty the frosting looks on this German chocolate cake? You can see all the shredded coconut and the small pieces of pecans. I’m not kidding, this frosting is so good you might want to just eat it by the spoonful… ha ha!

Here is a 2 layer German chocolate cake with coconut pecan frosting.

I hope you have the opportunity to make this delicious coconut pecan frosting. I am confident you’ll enjoy using it (and eating it, too)! Thank you for stopping by today, and I sincerely hope you will come back again soon. Have a wonderful day, friends.

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Original recipe source: I got this recipe from my Mom (over 30 years ago!)

Coconut Pecan Frosting
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Make yummy coconut pecan frosting from scratch in 15 minutes! This frosting tastes fantastic on German chocolate cake, cupcakes, or brownies.

Category: Frosting, Topping
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut pecan frosting
Servings: 1 (total amt. for 13x9 cake or 2 layer cake)
Calories Per Serving: 3783 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter , equal to 1 stick
  • 3 large egg yolks , beaten slightly
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cups shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Place evaporated milk, sugar, butter, egg yolks and vanilla into a medium saucepan. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring to combine. Continue to cook for a FULL 12 minutes, stirring often. As it cooks, it will begin to thicken. Once the 12 minutes is up, and mixture has thickened, remove pan from the heat.

  2. Immediately stir in coconut and chopped pecans. Stir well, until fully combined. Set pan aside and let frosting cool completely before attempting to frost a cake, brownies, etc. You can stir often, if desired, to "speed up" the cooling process.

  3. Once cooled to room temperature the frosting is ready to use. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: This amount of frosting is enough for a 13x9" cake OR a round 2 layer cake. Makes approx. 4½ cups total frosting total. Caloric calculation is for the entire amount.

Nutrition Facts
Coconut Pecan Frosting
Amount Per Serving (1 Total Amount (approx. 4½ cups))
Calories 3783 Calories from Fat 2637
% Daily Value*
Fat 293g451%
Saturated Fat 161g1006%
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 31g
Monounsaturated Fat 84g
Cholesterol 872mg291%
Sodium 1160mg50%
Potassium 2073mg59%
Carbohydrates 276g92%
Fiber 33g138%
Sugar 241g268%
Protein 46g92%
Vitamin A 4245IU85%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 876mg88%
Iron 9mg50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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