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Any thoughts on using coconut oil in place of butter in a buttercream frosting?

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Asked by lovinangels at 5:00 PM on Mar. 21, 2011 in Food & Drink

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  • Coconut oil is a good substitute for crisco, butter can substitute for crisco so I assume that would all equal out and the answer is yes I think it might be okay consistencywise - not sure about taste but you could make a tiny batch and see. I think it would work.

    Answer by 8Tinkerboo8 at 5:08 PM on Mar. 21, 2011

  • I think consistency is going to be an issue.


    Answer by Charis76 at 5:12 PM on Mar. 21, 2011

  • I don't see it working. When it gets above a certain temp (70-something) it liquifies. So you'd have to guarantee it wouldn't get above 60-some degrees at any point. But it doesn't have the same properties or anything as butter either, so I just don't know...have you tried googling it or anything? Maybe there is a specific coconut oil frosting recipe out there somewhere? Now I'm curious ;).

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:27 PM on Mar. 21, 2011

  • Coconut Cream Frosting

    1 cup coconut milk
    1 cup agave nectar
    pinch celtic sea salt
    5 teaspoons arrowroot powder
    1 tablespoon water
    1ΒΌ cup coconut oil

    1.In a medium saucepan, heat coconut milk, agave and salt, simmer for 10 minutes
    2.In a small bowl, combine arrowroot and water to form a smooth paste
    3.Pour arrowroot mixture into saucepan
    4.Mix contents of saucepan with a hand blender Whisk vigorously to combine, then bring to a boil, briefly, until shiny
    5.Remove pot from heat and very gradually blend in coconut oil
    6.Allow pot to cool for 10 minutes
    7.Place pot in freezer refrigerator for 30-40 45-120 minutes, until frosting solidifies and turns white
    8.Remove from freezer refrigerator and blend again, until fluffy
    9.Spread over cake or cupcakes

    Answer by AprilDJC at 8:47 PM on Mar. 21, 2011

  • coconut oil at room temperature absolutely has the same consistency as butter - and butter melts at high temps also so I disagree with comments above. Google it - it will work.

    Answer by 8Tinkerboo8 at 7:35 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • Never tried it

    Answer by sstepph at 9:54 AM on Apr. 11, 2011

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