Coconut Pecan Icing

My sweet daughter, age 7, heard her VBS teacher say that she didn’t get a birthday cake because her daughter had eaten all of the icing (for German Chocolate Cake) before they could bake the cake.  My thoughtful daughter asked if I would make some birthday cupcakes for this sweet lady who didn’t get a birthday cake.

Not having ever made coconut pecan icing before, I went to my trusty Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book and found what I was looking for.  
It was so easy to make!  I had no idea it was this simple.
Here’s what you need:
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar (I used half white and half brown)
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1  egg
1 1/2 cup coconut flakes
1 cup crushed pecans
 
In a medium saucepan, while it is still cool, beat the egg.  Add the milk, sugar, and butter.  (I cut the butter into small pats so it would melt faster, but you don’t have to.)
Once it is all in there, turn the heat to medium and let the mixture boil for 6-8 minutes.  It will start to thicken under the bubbling when it is ready.
Remove from heat and add the coconut flakes and pecans.  Let it cool.  Use on cupcakes or cake.
This makes approximately 2 cups of icing. You can add more pecans or coconut to suit your liking.

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