Vanilla Coconut Icing is a vegan and gluten-free icing that can be enjoyed on muffins, scones, quick breads, cakes or any number of dessert recipes.
As a wife and mother, I often cook and bake for people who have different dietary needs. Personally, I am an omnivore and can pretty much eat anything but I have members of my family and friends that have dietary restrictions, for example, my husband, Eric, is lactose intolerant. I am often working around this issue when I craft a recipe, especially, if it’s one he will be eating.
Vanilla Coconut Icing is a great basic icing recipe that can be whipped up very fast, with only a few ingredients and can be paired with a variety of desserts. The coconut flavor is very subtle and the vanilla flavor really shines through. Keep this basic recipe in mind as we head into the holidays or year round for your favorite desserts!
Step 1: Gather your ingredients:
Step 2: Combine your ingredients.
Step 3: Stir ingredients until smooth and creamy.
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“Vanilla Coconut Icing” is inspired by, “Powdered Sugar Icing,” p. 184, in the “Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book,” Special Edition, 2007.
Vanilla Coconut Icing
- 1 cup powdered sugar , sifted (sifting is important, to make sure there are no clumps of sugar)
- 1/4 teaspoon organic vanilla extract , I like using Simply Organic Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut milk (I used vanilla but plain is fine too!), plus more for desired consistency *You can easily substitute the coconut milk for regular milk or milk of your choice.
- In a small bowl, sift powdered sugar, then add 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of coconut milk. Stir ingredients until combined and smooth. To make the consistency thinner, stir in 1 teaspoon of coconut milk at a time. This makes enough for drizzling over a 10 inch round cake, 1-2 quick breads (depending on desired coverage). Notes: You can try using another type of extract with this recipe to get a different flavor icing, for example, almond extract. Also, this icing will become more translucent when more coconut milk is added to the mixture. Keep this in mind if you want more of a thicker/opaque/white effect.
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What’s your favorite kind of icing? Please let me know in the comments below!