German Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

By Erin McDowell
August 17, 2016
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Author Notes: A chocolate cake doughnut topped with gooey coconut-pecan frosting. All the best things about a cake doughnut, in a cake-inspired doughnut. Erin McDowell

Makes: 1 1/2 dozen doughnuts

  • One 12-ounce can evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups toasted chopped pecans
  • 2 cups shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened, whichever you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 recipe Chocolate Cake Doughnuts (, cooled
  1. In a medium pot, whisk the evaporated milk, butter, sugar, brown sugar, and egg yolks to combine. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture begins to simmer. Continue to cook, stirring frequently to prevent sticking and/or clumps forming, until the mixture is thick like pudding, 13 to 15 minutes.
  2. Stir in the pecans, coconut, and vanilla and cool for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Transfer the cooled chocolate cake doughnuts to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Spread the cooled frosting on top of each doughnut in an even layer. Serve immediately!

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