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help with vegan chocolate frosting

addicted2cake | May 4, 201209:23 AM

My vegan recipe for chocolate frosting just doesn't make it for me, mainly, because I don't like the taste of vegan "butters". They're a tad too salty for me in cake frostings. Also, every time I make chocolate frosting, the finished product looks whipped as opposed to creamy. Perhaps I'm beating it too long (5-7 minutes with my KA mixer, paddle attachment). I have tried Spectrum Naturals Organic Shortening in place of EB, but find the texture is a bit too soft. I'm beginning to think my recipe is just not that good. This is the one I use:
4 oz. EB in the tub (the sticks are a little waxy)
1/2 c. cocoa powder
3 cups confectioners sugar
3 tbs. almond milk
1 ts. vanilla.

I sift sugar and coco powder together and add to already beaten EB. Add remaining ingredients and beat for 5-7 minutes.

If any one has a better recipe (family doesn't like it too chocolate-y, that's why I use cocoa powder), please share. Wish I could find a vegan butter sub that doesn't have salt, but haven't been successful. Coconut oil has too strong a flavor, unless some one could suggest a brand that is very very mild. I know I could use Fleishman's unsalted sticks, but don't want the transfats. Butter and lard are just not options. Tall order, here, I know. Thanks for any help with the recipe or products.

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