Vanilla Coconut Frosting Trial: Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free
The hardest part about making a Joseph-safe cake is the frosting. I am very picky with my frostings, and making something that tastes good without butter or cream cheese is difficult. For his birthday cake, this year, I decided to try a coconut oil based frosting from Gluten-Free and Vegan Holidays
This recipe is already Joseph-safe. The recipe comes from Katzinger’s Coconut Dream Cake, and I just omitted the shredded coconut.
Using a hand mixer, whip the oil, powdered sugar, salt, and vanilla on high until the frosting becomes fluffy & creamy. It will take a few minutes to get there. At first, when the oil was forming with the sugar to just look like bits of white gravel, I wondered if it would work, but I kept going, and the fluffiness did form.
I used this to frost Joseph’s strawberry cake. It was quite stiff, and I had to scrape the bowl to get enough frosting, but it worked.
Vanilla Coconut Frosting
Adapted from Gluten-Free and Vegan Holidays
Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free
- 1 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 3/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla
Put all ingredients in a bowl, and whip on high with a mixer for a few minutes until the frosting becomes fluffy and creamy.
Makes enough to frost a double layer 9″ cake
This recipe is featured in my cookbook The Best of the Rice of Life: Over 70 Gluten-free, Dairy-free, and Nut-free Recipes available now in print (Amazon, Create Space) and e-book (Kindle, iBooks, nook, Kobo and Smashwords).
What I Thought
The level of coconut flavor in this frosting will depend on the coconut oil. I used an unrefined coconut oil, so the taste was fairly strong. It was a bit difficult to work with, and I’m glad I wasn’t trying to do anything fancy with it. I did not like the salt bursts that I would get while eating the frosting. I will admit that I probably ended up with more than 3/8 as I was measuring it out, but I think I would rather just omit the salt altogether. I ended up scraping the frosting off my slices of cake. For my kids, however, the frosting was their favorite part.