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Feb 7, 2010 05:15 PM

Frosting that is light and not too sweet?

I'm looking for something to top a almond-coconut cake that I'm making. I do not like things that are too sweet, and the frosting cannot be butter based (or shortening, margarine, etc). What do you suggest? I was thinking a 7minute frosting but am worried that it'll be too sweet. can I decrease the sugar in that or will it mess up the structure? I was also considering an Italian meringue frosting. Also, deep deep down, I was thinking whip....

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  1. Whipped cream frosting is my favorite because it's not too sweet; you could use cool whip, but it's so easy to whip up a batch from scratch, which can be flavored with any variety of extracts, etc,

    1. i'm very anti-Cool Whip, but lightly sweetened fresh whipped cream would be lovely, and you can add as little or as much sugar as you want to.

      1. There are a couple of suggestions:
        1. mix a box of vanilla instant pudding and a package of dream whip. Now add in 1/2 of the milk that would normally be required (if you need 1 c for the pudding + 1 c for the dream whip, use only 1 cup for the icing). Beat until thick and use as frosting.
        2. Use a standard commercial frosting that you buy in the store-- take it out of the container and whip it. It will almost double in volume and become less sweet. I've also added this frosting to dream whip.
        Hope this helps

        1. Being in Australia, I have no idea what cool whip is, but I'd whip some cream cheese until very light and fluffy and add a little toasted coconut to it for texture. Toasting the coconut would meld the cake coconut and almond flavours together nicely.

          1. You could also make a mascarpone, sour cream, or a creme fraiche frosting. Add less sugar than the recipe calls for and then add to taste.