Island Frosting

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

I use this frosting when the flavor of a cake calls for cream cheese with tropical-island flair.



Total Timeunder 1 hour

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, vegetarian

Equipmentelectric mixer

Taste and Texturenutty


  • 1 package (8 oz/250 g) cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened (50 mL)
  • 2 cups confectioner's (icing) sugar, sifted (500 mL)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (5 mL)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted (125 mL)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted (125 mL)


  1. In a mixer bowl fitted with paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth, for 3 minutes. Gradually add confectioner's sugar, mixing on low speed until it gathers, about 2 minutes. Increase speed to high and whip until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Fold in vanilla, pecans and coconut by hand.


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