If you’ve been thinking about one of the cake recipes I wrote about last week but wondered what to do for frosting- have no fear! As long as you can get a butter replacer like Earth’s Balance Soy/Dairy Free spread, Earth’s Balance Organic Coconut Spread, or Spectrum Organic Shortening, you can make frosting. If you can’t get your hands on exactly what I use in my recipe below, try making it out of one of the other products. The end texture and taste will vary depending on what you use but you will still get a fair substitute for real frosting.
I’ve come up with a pretty good replacement for buttercream-like frosting using some Earth Balance Soy/Dairy Free Spread and some Spectrum Shortening. Using all Earth’s Balance spread was a bit salty for my taste and it wasn’t very pretty. Using all Spectrum shortening worked, but the flavor was much improved when I added in some Earth’s Balance spread. Using both I created a frosting with a texture similar to buttercream and really not unlike many shortening based frostings I’ve tasted on grocery store cakes. I’ve put this on just about everything that could use frosting: chiffon cupcakes, Back to Nature Vanilla Wafers, a spoon. 🙂
*Also see my post about using 100% cane sugar powdered sugar.
Dairy-Soy Free Frosting
2 tablespoons Earth’s Balance Dairy & Soy Free Spread
6 tablespoons Spectrum Organic Shortening
1 1/4 teaspoon real vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups powdered sugar (use brands with 100% cane sugar for best results)
about 2 tablespoons water
In a half cup measuring cup place 2 tablespoons of Earth’s Balance Dairy & Soy Free Spread. Fill the rest of the measuring cup up with Spectrum Organic Shortening (6 tablespoons). Place the spread and shortening in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the vanilla and almond extracts. Mix using a medium speed until combined. Add in 1 cup of powdered sugar and mix on medium high for 1 minute. Add in 1 tablespoon of water. Mix again for 1 minute. Add the second cup of powdered sugar and mix for 4 minutes on medium high. At the end of 4 minutes check the consistency. if you want it thinner add a little water and mix again for a minute. Makes about 1 cup.