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Coconut oil frosting

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This coconut oil frosting is delicious and a great alternative for vegans or people who are lactose intolerant. And it's so yummy I have to say I don't even miss the butter. :D

Coconut oil frosting tastes very much like a buttercream frosting - very sweet and creamy and loaded with powdered sugar! It will taste a little like coconut, too - but it's not overpowering.

It's perfect on my carrot cake, too - you should give it a go!

ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup unrefined (virgin) coconut oil
  • 16 oz powdered sugar
  • 4-6 tablespoons coconut or soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
This is much easier with a hand blender, but you can definitely do it with a whisk - and build some muscles! It's also best if you can measure out the powdered sugar with a scale. If you don't have one, feel free to just use two cups of powdered sugar and a little less soy milk. :)

steps:
  1. "cream" the coconut oil until it breaks up and gets nice and smooth
  2. add in 1/4 of the powdered sugar, the vanilla and 2 tablespoons of soy milk
  3. mix together until nice and smooth
  4. keep adding powdered sugar along with tablespoons of soy milk as needed until everything is combined - you don't want any clumps of powdered sugar or coconut oil.
  5. frost everything in the vicinity
This frosting melts pretty easily, so make sure whatever you put it on is nice and cool. It should be enough to cover one 9x13 sheet cake. :D
GannaP19 days ago

Thank you! This recipe is a real treasure! All simple ingredients you always have in a fridge and as a result-delicious taste! I've never ever loved any kinds of frosting but this one is good, thick, smooth...!

jessyratfink (author)  GannaP19 days ago

You're welcome!! It's definitely my go-to frosting - it tastes so much better than other frostings I can easily make :D

JessicaP2 made it!1 month ago

I did it! It tastes so amazing! I especially liked it with the blueberries. Now I have to wait to see how it tastes with my cake! Thank you for providing a frosting with what I had in my cupboard =)

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jessyratfink (author)  JessicaP219 days ago

Oh yum! That does look good. Happy it turned out well! :D

emmelineam made it!6 months ago

Thanks for the recipe. It was an inspiration! It's easier to use oil than softened butter. I basically followed your ingredients list & proportioned them till I thought they look icing. I googled the possibility of this recipe & was glad to see it was out there.
First I put in the powdered sugar & added cocoa. Then I spooned in some oil, added the vanilla, milk & just kept checking for desired consistency. I substituted the soy milk with almond milk. My little one loved it!

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jessyratfink (author)  emmelineam19 days ago

Ohhhh now I want to make a chocolate version!! Thanks for sharing :D

JessicaP21 month ago

Hi, I'm new to baking and was wondering what "cream" means I tried googling it but i'm not having much success with the term. Thanks!

jessyratfink (author)  JessicaP21 month ago

Creaming is basically combining sugar and a fat until the mix is no longer grainy and also a little fluffier because of all the air you'll incorporate in. It's pretty easy with powdered sugar because the grains are so much smaller :)

Here's a good video from Epicurious explaining it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRBX-4KRRkI

Thanks!

shari.kolke6 months ago

This frosting tasted nice but was way too thin - I would call it a glaze rather than a frosting or icing. Also, I found the coconut oil made it look almost gritty (though it tasted smooth) so I didn't end up using it, as I needed them for a friend's birthday at work and was looking for more of a "neat" look. I would make this again if I needed a glaze for a cake though, the coconut oil gave it a nice light coconut taste.

Absolutely SUPER!!! One suggestion I have for new folks. If you're making this in the summertime, put your coconut oil in the fridge beforehand to get it solid. Not ROCK hard, but NOT LIQUID. My first batch was a flop, then my chef friend explained why. You cannot use melted butter/margerine or any liquid oil. It must be a solid for the correct chemical reaction to happen, and then "cream" it, as step #1 says. 2nd time was a SUCCESS! Thank you! <3

I made this an added cocoa powered for the icing to top off my gluten free chocolate cake...delish!

asanchez6711 months ago

I stirred too. searched everywhere for the glaze. Good straight to the point recipe glaze

TANZMEISTER12 months ago

I made this to top a coconut pie. http://www.instructables.com/id/coconut-pie/ I forgot to take pictures, but it turned out great! Thanks for the structable.

Una1 year ago
Wish I had found this at Christmas. I don't have a hand mixer, so I just stirred with a spoon. Added cocoa to go on chocolate vegan cupcakes ( was having baking fit). The only issue I had was that when I added the cold milk my oil tried to lump up a little. Was remedied when I put on a slightly warm cupcake. Handy recipe. Will be using often, and with pride.
Una1 year ago
Wish I had found this at Christmas. I don't have a hand mixer, so I just stirred with a spoon. Added cocoa to go on chocolate vegan cupcakes ( was having baking fit). The only issue I had was that when I added the cold milk my oil tried to lump up a little. Was remedied when I put on a slightly warm cupcake. Handy recipe. Will be using often, and with pride.
ebilwabbit1 year ago

Try a tablespoon of honey for flavoring and it's amazing! My husband threatened to eat the whole bowl before I could frost a cake. heh

lilsydb1 year ago
Can I use regular milk instead?
jessyratfink (author)  lilsydb1 year ago
Definitely! I just can't have it, so I had to sub. :D
Life saver on a morning when I was asked to make birthday cupcakes. Everything is already in my cupboard. Mil gracias!
Vonhazard2 years ago
gosh i gotta try this! it looks amazing *_* thanks for sharing!
bajablue2 years ago
lol @ "frost everything in the vicinity" ;-D
mbaker222 years ago
This frosting is tasty. It worked very well for making gingerbread houses with graham crackers.
Tiktaky2 years ago
In my experience cocoanut oil melts before butter, is that an issue with this frosting?
onlinebeat2 years ago
very nice.
kenbob2 years ago
Yum.
pjwolos2 years ago
I'm curious as to whether MCT oil would act the same?
PitStoP2 years ago
Umm... I love everything coconut! =) I wonder how it will taste with carrot cake.
chefsea2 years ago
This looks good and like that it's easy.
mmm sounds like a really nice alternative :) not a huge fan of icing (that's what we call frosting) but this one sounds tasty!