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Frosting Template

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Creating raw frostings that have the same attributes as commercially made frosting isn’t always easy. We (thankfully) don’t have the aid of stabilizers, preservatives, corn syrup, etc.) to help us when trying to make a frosting that can be piped and withstand hanging out at room temperature. This section will help explain the different roles that ingredients play when it comes to making a raw frosting.  I hope you find this helpful. Blessings, amie sue

Soaked Cashews

The purpose of cashews in frosting:

Type of cashews to use:

Prepping Cashews:

Health benefits of cashews: (but not limited to)

Coconut Milk

The role of coconut milk in frosting:

Types of coconut milk to use:

Health benefits of coconut milk: (but not limited to)

Liquid Sweetener:

The role of maple syrup in frosting:

Types of sweeteners to use:



The role of vanilla in frosting:

Types of vanilla to use:

Health benefits of vanilla: (but not limited to)


Himalayan Pink Salt

The role of salt in frosting:

Types of salt to use:

Health benefits of sea salt: (but not limited to)

Raw Food Diet

Coconut Oil

The role of coconut oil in frosting:

Types of coconut oil to use:

Health benefits of coconut oil: (but not limited to)

Sunflower Lecithin

The role of lecithin in frosting:

  • It is a natural emulsifier that binds the fats from nuts with water creating a creamy consistency.

Types of lecithin to use:

Health benefits of lecithin: (but not limited to)

  • Sunflower lecithin is made up of essential fatty acids and B vitamins.
  • It helps to support the healthy function of the brain, nervous system, and cell membranes.
  • It also lubricates joints and helps break up cholesterol in the body.
  • To read more about lecithin, please click (here).


Medicine Flower Extracts®

The role of extracts in frosting:

  • To state the obvious… they are used to add a variety of flavors to your desserts.
  • If you question how to flavor your frosting, so it pairs well with your raw dessert, check out my posting; Flavors that Pair Well in Recipes.
  • Medicine Flower Extracts – they are powerful, a little bit goes a long way (1-5 drops of our flavors equal up to a teaspoon of other flavors). They have over 40 incredible flavors!
  • Water and oil soluble, all of their flavors are highly concentrated, contain no sugar or calories, and are wheat- and gluten-free.
  • You can add a hint of flavor without disrupting the color of the frosting, which is important if you wish for your frosting to remain white.

Some of the health benefits of Medicine Flower flavorings

  • You can reduce the number of calories and add other macronutrients to the frosting recipe.
  • They are 100% genuine flavor extract, no added preservatives (some contain 5% alcohol).
  • They don’t contain harmful food dyes or other chemicals.

Chocolate-Cake-Pops-served-Fondue-style-featureNatural Food Coloring:

The role of coloring in frosting:

  • To add color! We all need a little color in our lives.  Colors can bring food to life and create a statement.

Types of ingredients to use:

The dangers of commercial food colorings: 

  • Blue #1 (Brilliant Blue) – cause hypersensitivity reactions
  • Blue #2 (Indigo Carmine) – Causes a statistically significant incidence of tumors, particularly brain gliomas, in male rats. Other reported symptoms; asthma, skin rash, and hives. Already banned in Norway, Belgium, Australia, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Germany, and Great Britain
  • Citrus Red #2 – It’s toxic to rodents at modest levels and caused tumors of the urinary bladder and possibly other organs.
  • Green #3 (Fast Green) – caused significant increases in bladder and testes tumors in male rats.
  • Red #3 (Erythrosine) – link to thyroid cancer and hyperactivity in children, other studies on lab rats, linked high levels to general behavioral changes, sperm abnormalities, and DNA damage.
  • Red #40 (Allura Red) – this is the most widely used and consumed dye. Often contains aluminum and other metals.  It may accelerate the appearance of immune-system tumors in mice. Children are especially sensitive and experience symptoms such as aggressive behavior, temper tantrums, and uncontrollable crying
  • Yellow #5 (Tartrazine) – can cause sometimes-severe hypersensitivity reactions and might trigger hyperactivity and other behavioral effects in children. There are reports that it can cause asthma, headaches, hives, and skin rashes.
  • Yellow #6 (Sunset Yellow) – Caused adrenal tumors in animals and occasionally caused severe hypersensitivity reactions. It is banned in Norway and Finland.
  • If you want to Geek-out on more scientific reading, click (here).
  • (sources, 1, 2)

7 thoughts on “Frosting Template

  1. Adriana says:

    Este glaseado es apto para hacer minis flores para decorar las tartas?

    • amie-sue says:

      Google Translate – “Is this glaze suitable for making mini flowers to decorate the cakes?”

      Good morning Adriana, what glaze are you referring to? This post is a template on how to develop your own frosting recipes; explaining what ingredients are typically used and why. Let me know what exact recipe you are questioning. blessings, amie sue

  2. Martyna says:

    Hello. Could I use alcohol based (vodka+vanilla beans, homemade extract) vanilla extract in raw cakes? When you bake, alcohol evaporates. How about raw desserts. Thank you!

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Martyna,

      From my research, the answer is no… the alcohol would not burn off in a raw dessert. Here’s a link that talks about how even cooking/baking with alcohol doesn’t always fully burn off the alcohol. So after reading this article, I am convinced that it wouldn’t “burn off” in a raw dessert. https://whatscookingamerica.net/q-a/alcoholevap.htm

      blessings, amie sue

      • Martyna says:

        But your reccomended vanilla extract also contains alcohol just mixed with water.

        • amie-sue says:

          I am sorry, Martyna, I misread your earlier comment/question. I answered before I cleared my head from a long night’s sleep. :) Yes, you can use your vodka+vanilla beans, homemade extract in the dessert. My mind read it as if you were asking me if the alcohol would dissipate in a raw dessert. Oy-vey.

          Sorry about that. blessings, amie sue

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