This recipe brings the essence of the tropics into your kitchen with this creamy Coconut Frosting recipe. Perfect for those looking to add a touch of tropical flair to their cakes, cookies, and bars, this frosting is not just about flavor – it’s about transforming your desserts into something memorably delicious. This guide will walk you through the simple steps to creating this coconut delight, ensuring your next dessert is as visually impressive as it is delectable.

There’s something about coconut that immediately transports me to a sunny beach with gentle waves lapping at the shore. That’s the feeling I wanted to capture in the Coconut Frosting recipe. It’s more than just a frosting; it’s an experience – a way to bring a bit of tropical paradise into your home, no matter the season. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or new to the world of dessert making, this frosting is designed to be foolproof, ensuring a sweet escape with every bite.

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The Chemistry of Coconut Frosting

The magic of this Coconut Frosting lies in its balance of flavors and textures. The cream cheese provides a tangy base that complements the sweetness of the powdered sugar. While the unsalted butter adds richness and ensures the frosting achieves a smooth, spreadable consistency. Coconut extract is the star ingredient, infusing the frosting with its distinct tropical flavor. When whipped together, these ingredients create a light and fluffy frosting. The result of air being incorporated into the mixture, making it perfect for spreading or piping onto your favorite desserts.

Can I make this frosting without a standing mixer?

Absolutely! While a standing mixer makes the process quicker and easier, you can use a hand mixer or even a sturdy whisk and some elbow grease to achieve a similar result. The key is to ensure the cream cheese and butter are well-softened to make the mixing process easier.

How can I thicken coconut frosting if it’s too runny?

If your frosting is too runny, you can add a little more powdered sugar, a tablespoon at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. Make sure to mix well after each addition to fully incorporate the sugar.

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Is this frosting suitable for piping?

Yes, this Coconut Frosting is suitable for piping. For best results, ensure the frosting is whipped to a light and fluffy texture, and use it at room temperature. If needed, you can chill the frosting for a bit to firm it up before piping.

Can I store leftover coconut frosting?

Leftover frosting can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Before using, let it come to room temperature and give it a quick whip to bring back its fluffy texture.

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What is in coconut frosting?

Cream cheese

Provides a unique, tangy flavor. When baked it adds moisture to your treat.

Unsalted butter

Often the main ingredient of frosting, it adds structure to your buttercream. It also adds a smooth and velvety texture. Butter melts at body temperature, so it will make your frosting have a melt-in-your-mouth sensation.

Powdered Sugar

Is just finely ground granulated sugar. It will absorb moisture in your batter or dough. It dissolves easily, ensuring a smooth texture without grittiness. Because it is so fine, it can melt quickly in the oven and spread cookies out more. Powdered sugar also stabilizes and thickens the frosting, thanks to the small amount of cornstarch it contains.

Coconut Extract

Adds a sweet tropical flavor to your treats.

Storage Tips

For the freshest flavor and best texture, it’s recommended to use the frosting within a week when stored in the refrigerator. If you need to keep it longer, you can freeze the frosting for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and whip before use to restore its creamy texture.

Recommended Equipment

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Why make coconut frosting?

You’re just steps away from adding a tropical twist to your desserts. This frosting is more than just a topping. It’s a way to infuse your creations with the flavor of coconut, Ensuring each bite is as memorable as a warm, breezy day on the beach.

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Coconut Frosting

Author: Madison Reid
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 24
Creamy, tropical coconut frosting. Great to top cakes, cookies & bars!


  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp coconut extract


  • In a standing mixer mix the cream cheese and butter until softened and combined.
  • Add the powdered sugar and extract, mix until combined.
  • Turn the mixer on high and whip for 1-2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Spread on top of your favorite desserts to give it a tropical elevation!


Calories: 179kcal Carbohydrates: 21g Protein: 1g Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 7g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g Monounsaturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0.3g Cholesterol: 30mg Sodium: 31mg Potassium: 15mg Sugar: 20g Vitamin A: 363IU Calcium: 12mg Iron: 0.02mg

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Freshly whipped coconut frosting