Maggie, asked me to make her a 5 layer birthday cake for her 5th birthday:  a layer for every year.  I wanted it to be very special, so I said “OF COURSE!”   We wanted every layer to be different, to make a pattern as she likes to say.  Life should be a big bright pattern every day after all.  We went with chocolate as well as yellow cake for the layers.  Her favorite color is yellow, and she wanted a “dreamy” frosting with no sprinkles.  I was able to talk her into a few sprinkles but only a few.  Back to “dreamy”, that could only mean one thing to my fellow butter-ball side-kick, a buttery, light, and slightly pretty (she is NOT into princesses or pink) frosting.


I made this frosting with half coconut oil, and half unsalted butter.  Oh, and a little heavy cream for good measures.   I am addicted to baking with coconut oil, it gives everything such a light texture, almost airy as well is smells divine.  I flavored the frosting with vanilla paste, and orange blossom water, as I wanted it to compliment the chocolate cake.  It was fluffy.  It was light.  It melted on your tongue goodness.  Yes, it was “dreamy”.  Next time you bake a cake, cupcakes or frosted cookies, do not grab the pre-made frosting off of the counter in the baking aisle.  There is no excuse that you CANNOT make this classic buttercream frosting.  This recipe is not only dreamy but it is easy peasy!

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Homemade Buttercream Frosting


*frosted a 5 layer cake with enough for a little piping

  • 1 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla paste
  • 2 teaspoons orange blossom water (or your favorite flavor)
  • few drops of your favorite food coloring

How To:

  1. In a mixing bowl, put all the ingredients except the cream, vanilla paste, flavoring, and color.
  2. With a paddle attachment, on a very low setting, or you will have sugar everywhere, beat until mixed, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the cream, and turn up to medium.
  4. Continue beating until smooth, and fluffy;  about 5 – 7 minutes.  You may need to add a little more cream if you would looser texture.
  5. Add the flavorings, beat just to mix.
  6. Add the color, and beat to mix.
  7. Frost your favorite treat.
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