I'm making a German chocolate cake for my friend's birthday tomorrow, and I really want a chocolate icing for the sides of the cake. I have the coconut-pecan filling made and cooling, along with the cake layers. I just need to decide what to do about the sides.
Any suggestions for icings to use? I was going to use a buttercream recipe in a cookbook I have, but I realized it calls for 5 egg yolks that are not cooked at all. Normally I am not wary of raw egg, but several guests at the party are just getting over a stomach flu, including one child, so I don't want to do anything too risky. Would an American buttercream be too sweet? Should I try to do some sort of a chocolate whipped cream? Help!