I wanted a frosting for a coconut layer cake that stood up to a stronger flavor without overpowering it and without being too sweet. If frosting a layer cake, I recommend spreading melted apricot preserves over the center layer, along with some frosting.

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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Beat the cream cheese and butter in a mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar, one cup at a time, alternating with heavy cream. Beat in the salt, coconut flavoring, and vanilla extract. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and spreadable. Add additional confectioners' sugar if necessary to thicken the frosting, or more cream to thin. Stir in the coconut. If desired, spoon toasted coconut evenly over frosted cake.

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Nutrition Facts

209 calories; 10.6 g total fat; 27 mg cholesterol; 109 mg sodium. 28.2 g carbohydrates; 1.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2009
AMAZING RECIPE! Since I didn't have any coconut flavoring I used some extra shredded coconut. Absolutely delicious! I use this on many cakes - carrot white yellow coconut cake coconut pound cake - everybody loves it! If you are looking for an all around good frosting that can be used on many cakes this is the one! It is FABULOUS! You must try it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/20/2011
I don't understand all the high reviews unless all these people like sickeningly sweet runny frosting. I doubled the cream cheese and left out the cream. Then I put it in the fridge to see if it would thicken more. I think there should be more extract and less powdered sugar- it's overpowering. Read More
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160 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 139
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2009
AMAZING RECIPE! Since I didn't have any coconut flavoring I used some extra shredded coconut. Absolutely delicious! I use this on many cakes - carrot white yellow coconut cake coconut pound cake - everybody loves it! If you are looking for an all around good frosting that can be used on many cakes this is the one! It is FABULOUS! You must try it. Read More
(104)
Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2009
AMAZING RECIPE! Since I didn't have any coconut flavoring I used some extra shredded coconut. Absolutely delicious! I use this on many cakes - carrot white yellow coconut cake coconut pound cake - everybody loves it! If you are looking for an all around good frosting that can be used on many cakes this is the one! It is FABULOUS! You must try it. Read More
(104)
Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2008
Forget the store-bought frostings! This is so easy to make and soooo yummy! I didn't have any coconut extract but I did use coconut cream instead of heavy cream. Absolutely wonderful. Thank you for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2007
I was charged with making a birthday cake for my sister-in-law this year for her 23rd. I've always been desperate to win over my in-laws and this DID IT! The frosting was phenomenal! My husband's many siblings loved it so much so that when I turned around to let the dog out they dove into the bowl and ate all of the extra in 3 minutes. If you ever need to impress this is the frosting to try. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2008
Incredibily good! I made this to go on my daughter's 12 year birthday cake and all of the girls at the party went nuts on the icing and even ate the leftovers! I didn't add the coconut or the coconut flavouring (since I made the mistake of asking the girls' opinion on coconut) and upped the vanilla extract to 1-1/2 tsp. and it was still fantastic. One thing this makes enough frosting for two cakes and still have leftovers for cupcakes. If making 1 cake half the recipe...there will be plenty for a layer and the exterior. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2009
Perfect taste but doesn't hold it's shape well enough to pipe onto cupcakes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2007
When I started this recipe I thought I had coconut. I fallowed this recipe except for the flavoring and coconut I tested it with Blackwalnut and Almond extract both were good. I went with the Blackwalnut. I felt 6 instead of 60 licked the bowl and beaters clean. My husbands favotite carrot cake was a huge success. FYI don't rush out for coconut flavoring. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2007
I tried this recipe before anyone else reviewed it and I'm glad I took the risk! This frosting was absolutely delicious! The coconut flavor was not overwhelming but it was definitely there. I used it to frost a guava-pineapple cake and it didn't take away from the fruity flavors. I also tasted the frosting at every step of the recipe. Without the coconut or vanilla it makes a great cream cheese base frosting and with vanilla alone it's a very tasty vanilla frosting. The consistency is also great (I ended up adding about double the amount of cream) and it is just like store-bought frosting...but better! My family and neighbors loved it. I will definitely be using this recipe or at least part of it again! Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2010
My husband and I really like this! I added about a teaspoon of rum in place of the coconut and vanilla extracts and added only enough milk (in place of the cream) to make it the desired consistency. I agree with others who feel it was not too sweet. Definitely a keeper and thank you so much! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2010
Amazing! I've made this a few different times for cakes cupcakes and a carrot cake. It's delicious and is always a huge hit! I've done several variations on it as well with and without the coconut and it's always good. When I include the coconut I usually double or triple the amount of flaked coconut. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/20/2011
I don't understand all the high reviews unless all these people like sickeningly sweet runny frosting. I doubled the cream cheese and left out the cream. Then I put it in the fridge to see if it would thicken more. I think there should be more extract and less powdered sugar- it's overpowering. Read More
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