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German Chocolate Cake Topping


Bake your favorite chocolate cake, and fill and top with this rich topping.

At a glance

enough for one 9" layer cake.


Choose your measure:


  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Instant ClearJel
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup half and half or milk
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon pecan flavor or pralines & cream flavor, optional
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded or flaked coconut, sweetened or unsweetened, toasted
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, toasted


  1. Whisk together the brown sugar, ClearJel, and salt till thoroughly combined.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan; stir in the milk or half and half, sugar mixture, and corn syrup.
  3. Bring to a simmer and cook gently, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture thickens slightly.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla, flavor, coconut, and pecans.
  5. Spoon topping onto cake.