Coconut Pecan Filling Recipe

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Learn how to make this delicious and decadent coconut pecan filling that pairs perfectly with german chocolate cake. This is one of the first fillings I ever learned to make from scratch. My Dad’s favorite cake was German Chocolate Cake. Every year for his birthday, my sisters and I would bake up a nice Box Cake and slather on some of that pecan canned frosting. My dad loved it. I loved it too until I made it from scratch. OMG I can never go back. Sorry Dad.

German Chocolate Cake Filling

Delicious german chocolate cake filling recipe from scratch! Easier than you think and OH-so-delicious!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, coconut, german chocolate, pecan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Calories 1805 kcal


  • 12 oz whole milk
  • 4 oz half and half or cream
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 8 oz butter 2 sticks
  • 12 oz brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 7 oz toasted pecans chopped
  • 8 oz toasted shredded coconut


  1. In a medium sauce pan, combine milk, cream sugar, butter, egg yolks and vanilla. 

  2. Cook on medium while whisking constantly until thickened and golden brown

  3. Fold in toasted coconut and pecans to combine

  4. Let cool to room temperature before using as a filling

  5. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to one week or freeze for 6 months

Recipe Notes

Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 7 days or freeze up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts
German Chocolate Cake Filling
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1805 Calories from Fat 1251
% Daily Value*
Fat 139g214%
Saturated Fat 75g375%
Cholesterol 464mg155%
Sodium 538mg22%
Potassium 843mg24%
Carbohydrates 138g46%
Fiber 13g52%
Sugar 117g130%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 2420IU48%
Vitamin C 1.4mg2%
Calcium 315mg32%
Iron 4.6mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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