Rich Vegan White Chocolate Frosting

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Rich Vegan White Chocolate Frosting

This creamy Rich Vegan White Chocolate Frosting is a more intensely flavored recipe alternative to other vegan white frostings. It's great for cakes where you may be concerned that a dark chocolate frosting could be too much chocolate (if that's even possible). It takes advantage of caramelizing sugar to the thread stage of 230F (110C) where it contributes a smooth velvety texture. It also utilizes cocoa butter as the main fat with soy milk powder (not to be confused with soy flour) to help with emulsifying and enhancing creaminess. Cocoa butter can be difficult to work with because when it reaches it's melting temperature range of between 93F (34C) and 100F (38C) it melts instantly. Whisking the frosting periodically as it gradually cools back to room temperature in the refrigerator solves this issue. The stiffness of this frosting can be adjusted by adding or subtracting 1 Tablespoon of water.

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Rich Vegan White Chocolate Frosting Recipe

1 ¾ cups granulated white sugar
¼ cup + 3 Tablespoons water
¼ cup soy milk powder
2 Tablespoons amber agave syrup or corn syrup
½ teaspoon salt

1 cup cocoa butter (melted but as close to room temperature as possible)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1) Caramelize your sugar mixture

In a small saucepan constantly whisk together the sugar, water, soy milk powder, agave syrup or corn syrup, salt and place over medium heat while whisking frequently until it starts to simmer. Insert a candy thermometer and bring the mixture to 230F (110C). Once the candy thermometer is inserted you don't need to worry about whisking because natural heat convection currents will do the mixing for you.

2) Beat in the rest of your vegan frosting ingredients

Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and whisk in the cocoa butter and vanilla extract. Transfer to the refrigerator for 1 hour then whisk again. Place the frosting back in the refrigerator for another 30 minutes then beat it until light and fluffy. If the frosting starts to get soft, place it back into the refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes then check it again. Keep in mind that this frosting will have to be kept below about 93F (34C) and at or near room temperature for best results during frosting. Once at room temperature, this frosting holds it's shape.

Store the frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. This recipe makes about 2 cups or enough Rich Vegan White Chocolate Frosting for about one layer of an 8 inch diameter cake.

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This vegan frosting is seriously so good! One of the best recipes for frosting if you're vegan!

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Does it hold up in the heat?

Hello! I am looking for a frosting for my wedding cake that will hold up for several hours in the August heat outdoors. Would this be good? I made your white chocolate butter and then did the easy vegan buttercream frosting and the texture was great and it held up but the taste was off (maybe the cocoa butter flavor was too strong?). Any ideas for the best possible recipe for a crowd pleasing outdoor suitable wedding cake frosting? Would your white chocolate ganache be a good option? Sorry for the long comment. I'm thinking a cocoa butter and powdered sugar frosting will likely hold up best. Thank you!

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I tried to make this, but it did not turn into frosting at all. It seemed to turn into this sticky caramel type substance. It did not even turn white. Any idea what went wrong?

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where to buy cocoa butter

Hi there! I'm intrigued by this recipe but I was wondering if you have a source (online or in NYC?) where you buy cocoa butter in bulk. The kind I usually get is by NOW foods from Amazon, but it costs around $7 for a 7oz jar. Assuming I'd have to use the entire jar for a batch of this recipe, that would make this a pretty expensive recipe.
Thanks for any advice!

Owner's reply

Hi A, I get cocoa butter on the internet (through and usually get it at about $10/lb. I know, it's expensive right?! But sometimes you have to just splurge and go for it.

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What's the exactly meaning of ¼ cup 3 Tablespoons water??

¼ cup AND 3 Tablespoons water? It's a mistake??

Thank you for the recipe.

Owner's reply

Hi Vegan baker, thanks for pointing this out! I just updated the recipe to specify ¼ cup + 3 Tablespoons water.

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I couldn't find any soy milk powder. Could I omit the water and use soymilk instead?
Thanks, Jacqui

Owner's reply

Hi Jacqui,

Soy milk won't provide enough solids to make this frosting thick enough. Soy milk powder allows the frosting to be thick and creamy with extra flavor depth- I recommend ordering it on the internet if you can't find it at the local health food store. It'll keep practically forever in your pantry. Good luck!

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