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Raw Coconut Orange Whipped Cream Frosting

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I am going to dive right into this frosting and discuss the ingredients and why I used them. To some of you, this is old news but since my heart is to teach and share (what I know), I find it important to talk about what makes a raw recipe possible and incredible. :)

So starting with young Thai coconut flesh/meat.   The recipe calls for one cup of coconut flesh which can usually take 1-2 coconuts.  If you are new to using this ingredient, please click (here).  I understand that not everyone can find these at their local grocery so if you need a substitute, increase the cashews to two cups instead of one. It won’t be quite the same but will do in a pinch. I have been ordering my young Thai coconut flesh from Exotic Superfoods and it is outstanding!

Speaking of cashews, the key to a creamy frosting is soaked cashews.  They offer a slight sweetness and give any frosting an amazing smooth-mouth-feel.    If you happen to find yourself on the other side of the table, where you can plenty of young Thai coconut flesh but no cashews, feel free to double the amount of coconut.  Ahhh, the beauty of raw.

Orange juice adds a wonderful bright flavor to this frosting, but keep in mind that each orange differs in sweetness and taste.  After squeezing the orange juice, take a little sip.  If the orange flavor is too faint, you can add up to a 1/4 tsp of orange flavoring to the recipe.  As far as sweetness goes we will leave that up to the raw agave.

Raw agave adds a nice balance of sweetness to the frosting as a whole.  You can use raw honey or maple syrup in its place but be aware that those other sweeteners will affect the overall flavor of the recipe so once again, taste test as you go.

We then add vanilla to the recipe because it adds an indescribable quality, one of depth and richness.    Often times a person doesn’t notice it in a recipe when used in small amounts but on the other hand it will be missed if skipped..

Moving on down the ingredient list we bump into the orange extract… because this in the recipe is a pretty good clue that my orange needed a boost in the flavor department.  Again, this will be optional depending on your oranges.

Now comes the coconut oil.  I find this ingredient vital to raw frosting recipes.  It adds a smooth healthy fat to the recipe that gives structure since it firms up at 76 degrees (F).  Since it is well combined with other ingredients, it won’t cause the frosting to become solid but once the frosting is chilled it will get nice and thick.

Lastly, sunflower lecithin.  This ingredient is used as both an emulsifier and thickener and it ranks right up there with the coconut oil.  If you don’t have any on hand, I created links below where you can place an order.  You can use soy based lecithin in its place just be sure to get non-GMO.    Whether you use soy based, sunflower based, powdered or liquid form… you can use the same measurement.

Each and every one of these ingredients are wonderful all on their own but together… they create a luxurious frosting that is bright, light, creamy, and  slightly sweet.   I created this frosting for my Raw Blood Orange Pecan Date Cake but it can be enjoyed in so many ways.  Many blessings! amie sue

Raw-Coconut-Orange-Whipped-Cream-Frosting2Ingredients: yields 2 3/4 cup

  • 1 cup Young Thai coconut flesh
  • 1 cup cashews, soaked 2+ hours
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup raw agave or raw coconut nectar
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp orange extract, if needed
  • 1/2 cup cold-pressed coconut oil, melted
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sunflower lecithin powder or liquid

Preparation:

  1. In a high-powered blender combine the coconut flesh, cashews, orange juice, agave, and vanilla.  Blend until creamy and smooth.  Depending on the machine, this can take 1-3 minutes.  Stop and test the batter by rubbing some between your fingers.  Feel grit?  Keep blending.
  2. Taste test the frosting and see how strong the orange flavor is.  Oranges vary from fruit to fruit.  If the flavor isn’t very strong, add a little orange extract to brighten the taste.
  3. While the blender is running  with a vortex in motion, drizzle in the coconut oil, then add the lecithin.  Stop blending once everything is well incorporated.
  4. Pour into container with a lid and place in the fridge to firm up.  This can take 4+ hours.  Or you can enjoy right away, it will just be a bit runny.
  5. It should keep for 3-5 days in the fridge.

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Raw Coconut Orange Whipped Cream Frosting

  1. Kathy says:

    So grateful to you for sharing all you magnificent recipes and gorgeous photographs! You are so talented. Thank you.

  2. Liz says:

    Ooooh, the frosting looks fabulous. I can imagine that being yummy on a variety of cakes. Question: about how much is one cup of coconut weight-wise? I can imagine that what fills a cup will vary depending on size of the pieces and how tightly you smoosh them down. Advice?

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Liz… oh good question. I don’t know what the weight was but I packed the cup by pressing it down with my fingers. Next time I will try to remember to weigh it out. Have a great evening, amie sue

  3. Texan says:

    I am just amazed at what you do! Thank you for being so generous in your sharing of knowledge and recipes! :O)

    To sit at your table must be quite the treat indeed!

    • amie-sue says:

      Your welcome Texan and thank you for you sweet words. My table extends to yours in hopes that you try the recipes and share them with your loved ones too. :) Blessings, amie sue

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