German Chocolate Cake Filling

Delicious german chocolate cake filling recipe from scratch! Easier than you think and OH-so-delicious!
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Total Time: 30 mins
Serves: 4 cups
Coconut pecan cake filling recipe

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.

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Coconut pecan cake filling recipe

German Chocolate Cake Filling

Delicious german chocolate cake filling recipe from scratch! Easier than you think and OH-so-delicious!
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Serves: 4 cups
Calories: 1805kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 oz (340 g) whole milk
  • 4 oz (113 g) half and half or cream
  • 6 (6 ) egg yolks
  • 8 oz (227 g) butter 2 sticks
  • 12 oz (340 g) brown sugar
  • 2 tsp (2 tsp) vanilla extract
  • 7 oz (198 g) toasted pecans chopped
  • 8 oz (227 g) toasted shredded coconut

Instructions

  • In a medium sauce pan, combine milk, cream sugar, butter, egg yolks and vanilla. 
  • Cook on medium while whisking constantly until thickened and golden brown
  • Fold in toasted coconut and pecans to combine
  • Let cool to room temperature before using as a filling
  • Store leftovers in the fridge for up to one week or freeze for 6 months

Notes

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

Nutrition

Calories: 1805kcal (90%) | Carbohydrates: 138g (46%) | Protein: 16g (32%) | Fat: 139g (214%) | Saturated Fat: 75g (375%) | Cholesterol: 464mg (155%) | Sodium: 538mg (22%) | Potassium: 843mg (24%) | Fiber: 13g (52%) | Sugar: 117g (130%) | Vitamin A: 2420IU (48%) | Vitamin C: 1.4mg (2%) | Calcium: 315mg (32%) | Iron: 4.6mg (26%)