Easy to make, smooth coconut buttercream which is packed full of flavour. Perfect for decorating cupcakes, layer cakes and biscuits.
As promised, I’m back with my recipe for coconut buttercream to top the coconut cupcakes I shared last week.
As with the cupcakes, the key to getting lots of coconut flavour into this buttercream is using creamed coconut block from the asian food aisle. It also means that your buttercream is lovely and smooth so it’s perfect for piping.
The cupcakes recipe was accidentally dairy-free so perfect for anyone with an allergy or intolerance. This buttercream recipe isn’t dairy-free, however I’ve added details just below the main recipe to make a simple adjustment to make this dairy-free and vegan.
What You’ll Need
Before you start, make sure you have all of the equipment needed.
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- Weighing Scales
- Measuring Spoons
- Knife – to cut the butter
- Small bowl to melt the creamed coconut in the microwave or small pan to melt it on the hob
- Electric Mixer (or a bowl and hand mixer or wooden spoon)
- Piping Bags – if you’re planning on piping the cupcakes
- Piping Nozzle – To pipe the cupcakes as shown in the pictures you’ll need a JEM 1B nozzle.
- 200 g butter - softened
- 200 g creamed coconut block
- 300 g icing sugar
- A little milk
- Melt the creamed coconut (200g). This can either be done in the microwave in bursts of 20 seconds, mixing between each one, or on the hob over a very low heat. The consistency of the coconut should be thick but easily stirred. Leave to cool.
- Cut the butter (200g) into cubes and beat (either by hand or with an electric mixer on a low speed) until smooth.
- Add the icing sugar (300g) and beat until fully combined – I prefer to add the sugar a couple of spoonfuls at a time as this minimises the amount of sugar that flies out all over the kitchen! You’ll find that at first it’ll start to look lumpy but keep persevering and it’ll smooth out.
- Gradually add the melted creamed coconut, beating in each addition before adding more.
- Take a look at the consistency of your buttercream. If it is a spreadable/pipeable consistency then it's ready to use. If it is a little too stiff then add milk (no more that 1 tsp at a time) until you have the right consistency. Beating in each addition of milk fully before adding more.
- Your buttercream is now ready to use.
Any nutritional information provided is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you would like to learn more about how this is calculated.
How to make dairy-free/vegan coconut buttercream
Adapting this recipe to make this buttercream dairy-free (and also vegan) is really simple.
Replace the milk used to get the buttercream to the right consistency with coconut-milk (or other dairy-free milk).
The method for making the buttercream is exactly the same as for the recipe above.
Free From/Suitable For…
The ingredients I used to make this recipe are all free from the following allergens. However, please check any labels carefully for allergens you need to avoid as brands can vary and product recipes can change over time.
- Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans (only vegan if using the dairy-free adjustments above)
- Dairy-Free (only if using the dairy-free adjustments above)
- Tree Nut-Free
- Sulphur Dioxide & Sulphite-Free