if you don’t have a coconut tree nearby, you better start looking for one. that is all i can say when i compare the filling for ROSE’S heavenly CAKES: German Chocolate Cake (page 137); fresh coconut vs baker’s angel coconut flakes.
i am not saying baker’s angel coconut flakes is bad. it is heavenly. i just prefer fresh coconut because it is less sweet and because there is something about the taste of fresh coconut that is lost when killed! whichever you choose, i have a secret i discovered to turn your german chocolate cake filling even more superb: make your filling several days ahead of time, freeze it, then thaw it. this makes the flavors explode! something happens during cold storage, the milk and the coconut flavors are given time to ripe and blend beautifully.