Coconut cream cheese icing

    15 min

    I wanted an icing for a coconut layer cake that stood up to a stronger flavour without overpowering it and without being too sweet. If decorating a layer cake, I recommend spreading melted apricot jam over the centre layer, along with some of this icing.

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    Serves: 20 

    • 200g cream cheese, softened
    • 100g unsalted butter, softened
    • 500g icing sugar
    • 2 tablespoons double cream
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon coconut flavouring (optional)
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 50g desiccated coconut
    • 75g desiccated coconut, toasted (optional)

    Prep:15min  ›  Ready in:15min 

    1. Beat the cream cheese and butter in a mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually add the icing sugar, about 200g at a time, alternating with the cream. Beat in the salt, coconut flavouring and vanilla extract. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and spreadable. Add additional icing sugar if necessary to thicken the icing, or more cream to thin. Stir in 50g coconut. If desired, spoon toasted coconut evenly over the frosted cake.

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    This was dead easy and very tasty. I've never made a coconut cake before and this topping was yummy, albeit a bit too sweet.  -  26 Jul 2010


    I had a few small coconut cupcakes to ice so I used 50g cream cheese and everything else in proprtion to that (i.e. divided by 4) except the icing sugar, which I used 80g. Came out really nice but it was a little soft so couldn't pipe it as originally intended. I also used creamed coconut (instead of cocnut flavouring), dissolved in a little home-made oat milk (instead of cream).  -  29 Oct 2011


    Delicious. It was admittedly, a little sweet for me but not for my partner or other people who ate it. I couldn't get coconut extract in any of the supermarkets I went into, so I bought it online, where I also bought shredded coconut for the cake, and to use as decoration. Shredded coconut is moist and sweet, very different from the dry dessicated stuff. I strongly recommend it if you can get it.  -  15 Aug 2011