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“Milk” Chocolate Cake Frosting (raw, GF, vegan)

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Today, I present to you a frosting that is perfect for cake decorating.  There are many different types of frostings out there that are job specific.  They are used to decorate a variety of desserts, they add another layer of flavor and texture, as well as enabling you to decorate your creation so that it is a treat for the eyes as well as the palate.

To help you understand the roles of the  ingredients used, I want to take a moment to explain them.  Soaked cashews ~  soaking the cashews is key (!) and this step should never be skipped.  Soaking causes the cashews to swell, giving a bit more volume for the money and it softens them which is vital when creating a creamy texture.  Coconut milk ~ whether you use fresh Young Thai Coconuts or canned full fat coconut milk, this ingredient helps give the frosting body, creaminess and a hint of coconut.  It is a healthy fat that also acts as an emulsifier, bringing the recipe together.  As I said if you can’t find Young Thai coconuts you can use canned, but do your homework.  Aim for organic, BPA free, and free of other ingredients.

Hazelnut-Cardamom-and-Strawberry-Layered-Cake119Maple syrup ~ I used maple syrup because it is more alkaline for the body than most other liquid sweeteners.  You can use raw agave, coconut nectar or any other liquid sweetener that you like to use.  Vanilla ~ The role of vanilla in sweet goods is like the role of salt on the savory side: it enhances all the other flavors in the recipe.   You can use vanilla bean (seeds only), powdered vanilla or vanilla paste.  Raw cacao powder ~ well, really, what can say about this?! Without it, we wouldn’t have a chocolate frosting! But if you are sensitive to cacao you can use carob.  I made this recipe to resemble and taste like a milk chocolate.  If you want a more dark chocolate flavor, increase the cacao with 1 tablespoon at a time, till the right flavor is reached.

Salt ~  I use sea salt in just about all of my sweet desserts.  It actually elevates the sweetness level.  Coconut oil ~ It is a healthy fat but also gives the frosting the overall body. Once chilled above 76 degrees it firms up, making this frosting perfect for decorating.  Lecithin ~ This plays several roles and is a great support for all the other ingredients used., it is mostly an emulsifier and thickener.

After making this frosting, it will be very runny.  Place in the fridge to chill and firm up.  You can take it out at any time, depending on the consistency that you want for your dessert.  If left at room temperature for an extended period of time, it will start to soften to a point that it will lose its structure. Enjoy and have fun!

Ingredients: yields 5 cups“Milk”-Chocolate-Cake-Frosting101

  • 2 cups cashews, soaked 2+ hours
  • 1 3/4 cups raw coconut milk or canned (BPA free)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 Tbsp lecithin powder or liquid


  1. After soaking the cashews, drain and rinse them well.  Set aside.
  2. In a high-speed blender combine in order; coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla, salt and cashews.   By placing the liquids in first, it helps the blades spin more easily.  Blend until creamy and don’t feel any grit in the frosting.  Depending on the blender, this may take anywhere from 1-5 minutes.
  3. While the blender is running and a vortex is in motion, drizzle in the coconut oil.  Make sure that it gets well incorporated.
  4. Now add the lecithin and process just until mixed in.
  5. Place the frosting in an airtight container and place in the fridge for 2-4 hours to firm.
  6. This will keep for 3-5 days.

Additional Cake Tips:

  • How to frost a cake.  Click here.
  • How to slice a cake.  Click here.
  • How much frosting is needed for a cake? Click here.

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9 thoughts on ““Milk” Chocolate Cake Frosting (raw, GF, vegan)

  1. adaria says:

    Amie-Sue, girrrl…

    You are just SO incredibly talented! This is THE most beautifully decorated cake I have ever seen… don’t know if I’m ambitious enough to make it, but it is *awesome* – looks like a strawberry *lotus* on top – absolutely gorgeous!

    • amie-sue says:

      Oh thank you Adaria. It’s all a learning process. I hope that you find the ambition one day to try the recipe, it tasted as good as it looks. :) Have a wonderful Sunday! amie sue

  2. I will be sharing this on my FB page tonight.

  3. Shatoya says:

    You are incredible. Love your thoughts. I am inspired as a nutritionist. I made the white chocolate frosting out of walnuts, it was great. I have so much left over, is it ok to freeze it? I want to use it next week.

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Shatoya,

      Thank you for leaving a comment, I enjoyed that. :) This frosting does make a large batch as indicated and to be honest, I don’t have good luck freezing it. If you frost a cake and freeze it, it is fine but I find that it gets weird once frozen and you have to soften and stir it to frost a dessert. I think it will be fine till next week in the fridge. I tend to keep some in there for 1-2 weeks and it is still good. Have a wonderful day, amie sue

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