German Chocolate Cake Donuts

August 17, 2016
5 Ratings
Photo by Bobbi Lin
  • Makes 1 1/2 dozen doughnuts
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 Jeanne McDowell

What You'll Need
  • 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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I always have three kinds of hot sauce in my purse. I have a soft spot for making people their favorite dessert, especially if it's wrapped in a pastry crust. My newest cookbook, Savory Baking, came out in Fall of 2022 - is full of recipes to translate a love of baking into recipes for breakfast, dinner, and everything in between!

5 Reviews

Mary R. December 30, 2020
Recipe is missing steps. Thanks!
wendy February 1, 2023
thank you for posting that. i thought i was going crazy trying to figure out how the recipe went from one step to the next
Mary R. February 2, 2023
Well, I guess these threads aren’t moderated. My comment was two years ago! Wonder if Erin posted her recipe on her website
wendy February 2, 2023
i have looked online for the recipe and wherever it is posted, it seems to be this exact copy, with the same steps missing. i was wondering if they were baked or fried.
Kimberly G. December 22, 2016
Is this recipe missing some steps? It goes from mixing ingredients to suddenly letting the doughnuts cool!