Raw Cacao Fudge Frosting

by | Feb 24, 2016 | 12 comments

Raw Cacao Fudge Frosting - Cook Republic

I don’t care much for coconut oil. There, I’ve said it! I don’t have anything against it but the memory of coconut oil head massages when I was a child, the very distinct aroma prickling my nostrils as the oil was heated up to slather over my long locks is enough to not make me want to eat it. It was commonplace in India to give children (and adults!) head massages with warm oil whether they liked it or not. An ancient beauty practice known to increase blood circulation in the scalp for shiny, luscious hair. As a result, it was never really used for cooking. It was solely a beauty product, one of many from Kalpavriksha – the tree of life. Which is what coconut was called.

So, I don’t like coconut oil much. Not only for this strange reminder of a tedious childhood beauty routine but also because it tends to be overpowering. If you eat something with coconut oil, rest assured you can’t be mistaken because it takes over every single ingredient with its surprisingly strong flavour. And now with the soaring popularity of raw treats, this smell and taste is permeating every aspect of our dessert fantasies. If I eat chocolate, I’d love for it to taste like chocolate and not coconut. Call me old school!

Raw Cacao Fudge Frosting - Cook Republic

Coconut milk and coconut cream on the other hand are beautiful when paired with other ingredients. They have a mellowing sweet taste that elevates other flavours rather than overshadow them.In recent times when I did the Cook Republic workshops and I was catering morning tea and dessert for most of them, my biggest challenge would be to create something decadent and divine when our guest list had people who were lactose intolerant or vegans. Baked goods were one thing, the topping was another. I needed a solid chocolate frosting recipe to swirl on top of little cakes, something that tasted good and looked right (because we all know, coconut oil melts faster than popsicle on a hot day and hardens like crazy when sitting in the fridge).


So using just some coconut cream and a whole lot of cashew nut, I managed to get this frosting recipe to work a treat. It really shines when it has an an hour or two in the fridge. It is spreadable and totally fudgy (I love that word!). I frost regular cakes, vegan cakes and even set it in popsicle moulds. It is great as a pudding when it is just made as it is soft and loose(see pictures). And equally gorgeous as a dip for my fruit platter. But mostly, it is hard to resist scooping with a finger. I do love my chocolate ganache, but this recipe is a life saver when I need it to be all those things.

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Raw Cacao Fudge Frosting - Cook Republic


5 from 2 votes
A luscious, creamy and smooth vegan frosting made with cacao powder and soaked cashew nuts. This raw frosting is fudgy, spreadable and utterly delicious. A true guilt-free treat!
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Course // Dessert
Cuisine // Gluten Free, Vegan
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 250 ml


  • ½ cup (80 g) cashew nuts
  • 6 pitted dates
  • ½ cup coconut cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • grated zest of half a small orange
  • a few seas salt flakes, to top (optional)


  • Place cashew nuts and dates in a small bowl. Cover with boiling water and soak for 15 minutes. Drain the water.
  • Place cashew nuts and dates in the jug of a blender. Add coconut cream, vanilla extract, orange zest and cacao powder. Process until smooth, fudgy and creamy.
  • Scoop into a 250ml glass jar and allow to firm up some more in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Use as required to frost vegan cakes, top pancakes, dip fruit in or just scoop with a spoon as a treat.


If you are in fact using this recipe for frosting a cake, make sure your cake is chilled and so is your frosting. After frosting the cake, place in the fridge until ready to use. This frosting stays soft and supple, like a ganache.
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  1. Josie Donaldson

    I’m so excited to give this recipe a go! I’m newly vegan and I’m yet to find a reliable cake and frosting recipe that doesn’t contain absurd amounts of Nuttelex (blerg). I’ve found a potential winning frosting recipe – do you have any suggestions on a reliable, basic vegan cake? Thanks for sharing. x

  2. Christina

    I read somewhere recently about ‘black’ cocoa powder. Do you know anything about this especially where, in Australia, it can be bought?


  3. Rosa

    It looks delicious! A healthy alternative.



  4. Abby

    This frosting looks delicious, Sneh… so rich and fudgy! <3

  5. Jodi

    This looks so delicious and I just love the ingredients! I would most definitely be scooping a few spoonfuls off the top! Beautiful x

  6. Di@Bibbyskitchen

    Hello Sneh. Looking at the list of ingredients, you just know it’s going to be good. You can’t beat the sticky sweetness of Medjool dates. Love this healthy alternative.

  7. Molla

    Hi Sneh,
    I can’t wait to give it a try but I just want to clarify something about the coconut cream. Is the coconut cream the one in a liquid form, from a can or the creamed coconut in a block form? Thanks:)

    • snehroy

      Molla, it is from the can .. the thick cream that accumulates in the top.

  8. Michelle @ O Blog Off

    Thanks for this post! My husband can’t stand the store bought frosting so I will try this the next time I make him dessert! I think I might try it as a dip for fruits. I liked your idea!
    Have a great day!

  9. Becca

    5 stars
    I made this recipe last week and it’s die for!! Love the thick texture, creamy, chocolaty goodness! I turned it into a dessert with fresh kiwi and strawberries. Mmmmmmmm!!! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  10. Kerryn

    5 stars
    Made this to use as a topping on a choc-coconut base. It’s nothing short of FANTASTIC! Super yum!! I added some melted coconut oil to keep it firm which worked great. Can’t wait to use this in future recipes and on cakes instead of buttercream. Thank you for the inspiration!


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