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Simple Coconut Frosting Recipe

Simple, creamy Coconut Frosting is a delicious way to enhance the flavor of your cakes, cupcakes, and other baked goods. It’s a real treat for coconut lovers!

This simple Coconut Frosting recipe tastes anything but basic. It's got tons of tropical coconut flavor! It pairs great with coconut cake and chocolate desserts like brownies or cupcakes. Top it with some toasted coconut for an easy garnish. Recipe from @whattheforkblog - visit whattheforkfoodblog.com for more easy dessert recipes! #buttercream #frosting #dessert #coconut

Frosting is to bakers as paint is to artists. You can have a basic cake or cupcake recipe and completely change the flavor by using different frostings. It’s magical and it’s easy!

Today, I’m sharing a coconut frosting recipe that has quickly become one of my favorites. 

This coconut frosting recipe is slightly different from the gluten free coconut cake frosting I posted before. First of all, this recipe isn’t dairy free like the original. This one is an American buttercream frosting made with real butter. If you’re looking for dairy-free/vegan, keep reading, I’ve got that covered below!

It’s also got more coconut flavor to make sure that coconut taste shines through. And while adding coconut isn’t included in the frosting recipe, I like to garnish the frosted baked goods with toasted coconut or coconut chips for even more coconut flavor. That way people know that they’re about to eat coconut and not just plain old vanilla frosting.

This simple Coconut Frosting recipe tastes anything but basic. It's got tons of tropical coconut flavor! It pairs great with coconut cake and chocolate desserts like brownies or cupcakes. Top it with some toasted coconut for an easy garnish. Recipe from @whattheforkblog - visit whattheforkfoodblog.com for more easy dessert recipes! #buttercream #frosting #dessert #coconut

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That way if people don’t like coconut, they’re not about to shock their taste buds. I still think it’s crazy though that there are people out there who don’t like coconut. I can’t even fathom it.

My love for anything coconut is strong. Hence, all the delicious coconut desserts here on my blog like Coconut Cream Pie, Toasted Coconut Truffles, Coconut Cheesecake, Coconut Custard, and Toasted Coconut Fudge. Coconut lovers, you’ve found your happy place here.

So tell me, what’s the first thing you’ll make to put this frosting on?

I know what I’m making! In fact, I’ve already made it and it’ll be the next recipe I share here. Stay tuned!


How do I make Dairy-free or Vegan Coconut Frosting?

If you want to make a dairy-free/vegan version of this coconut frosting, replace the butter with 1/2 cup of vegan butter (I use soy free Earth Balance) and 1/2 cup of palm shortening (I use Nutiva).

The vegan version of this frosting will be softer so start with adding 1 tablespoon of coconut cream. Add the second tablespoon only as needed, if at all. Keep decorated baked goods with this frosting refrigerated then bring to room temperature before serving.


Key Ingredients in Coconut Buttercream Frosting

  • Butter – essential for a buttercream frosting. See above for dairy-free/vegan sub.
  • Salt – a pinch of salt goes a long way in frosting. It enhances the flavor without making it salty and cuts the sweetness just enough. Just add a pinch though, no more or it will be too salty.
  • Coconut Cream – coconut cream is the thick cream that rises to the top of a can of full fat coconut milk. If you can find it, buy a can labeled Coconut Cream. If not, the cream from a can of full-fat coconut milk will work. 
  • Coconut Extract – gives that coconut flavor we’re looking for!

This simple Coconut Frosting recipe tastes anything but basic. It's got tons of tropical coconut flavor! It pairs great with coconut cake and chocolate desserts like brownies or cupcakes. Top it with some toasted coconut for an easy garnish. Recipe from @whattheforkblog - visit whattheforkfoodblog.com for more easy dessert recipes! #buttercream #frosting #dessert #coconut


Tips for Making Coconut Frosting

  • Don’t use Cream of Coconut in place of coconut cream. Cream of coconut is similar to sweetened condensed milk and is not interchangeable with coconut cream. 
  • This frosting can be on the soft side at room temperature. Keep your frosted baked goods refrigerated and then bring them to room temperature before serving.

The Best Cake and Cupcakes to pair with Coconut Frosting

This simple Coconut Frosting recipe tastes anything but basic. It's got tons of tropical coconut flavor! It pairs great with coconut cake and chocolate desserts like brownies or cupcakes. Top it with some toasted coconut for an easy garnish. Recipe from @whattheforkblog - visit whattheforkfoodblog.com for more easy dessert recipes! #buttercream #frosting #dessert #coconut


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This simple Coconut Frosting recipe tastes anything but basic. It's got tons of tropical coconut flavor! It pairs great with coconut cake and chocolate desserts like brownies or cupcakes. Top it with some toasted coconut for an easy garnish. Recipe from @whattheforkblog - visit whattheforkfoodblog.com for more easy dessert recipes! #buttercream #frosting #dessert #coconut

Coconut Frosting Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Simple, creamy Coconut Frosting is a delicious way to enhance the flavor of your cakes, cupcakes, and other baked goods. It's a real treat for coconut lovers!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut cream (the fat from a can of full-fat coconut milk)

Instructions

  1. Add the butter to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until smooth.
  2. Add half of the powdered sugar and a pinch of sea salt and beat on low until the sugar is mostly incorporated. Add the remaining powdered sugar and beat on low until combined. Increase speed to medium and beat for 3 minutes.
  3. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl. Add the vanilla extract, coconut extract, and coconut cream then beat for an additional minute on low, increasing the speed to medium once the cream and extract is incorporated.
  4. Use for cakes, cupcakes, or your favorite baked goods!

Notes

  1. Do not soften the butter too long. About 1 hour at room temperature is usually long enough. Room temperature butter will still feel slightly cool to the touch.
  2. This frosting gets fairly soft at room temperature. I suggest refrigerating your baked goods and then bring to room temperature before serving.
  3. See post for dairy-free/vegan subs.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 305Fiber: 1gProtein: 0g

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Kristina

Friday 13th of August 2021

Has anyone added actual coconut to this recipe? Thanks!

Shay

Sunday 15th of August 2021

I add coconut on top after frosting. It will be very difficult to spread if you add the coconut right in the frosting. But this recipe does use coconut cream (from a can of full-fat coconut milk) in place of milk or heavy cream.

michele chiovetta

Thursday 3rd of June 2021

How many cupcakes will this frost?

Jessie

Monday 19th of October 2020

Do you use salted butter, or unsalted butter? Thank you!

Linda Stevenson

Saturday 29th of August 2020

This recipe is absolutely perfect! I don't typically cook let alone bake, but it was my husband's birthday and the bakery didn't have a chocolate cake with coconut frosting! So I made it for him...but I made cupcakes instead. I ate two!!! in a row. Decadent delicious. Yes, he loved them too!

Shannon Josendale

Wednesday 19th of August 2020

This frosting is delicious! I added an additional tablespoon of the coconut cream for a little more coconut flavor. Very light, airy and delicious. I used on red velvet cake. So good!

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