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Let them eat cake. Update.

The Let them eat cake entry from before didn’t include the frosting option … silly me.

Frosting at my house used to have powdered sugar as an ingredient… but for the reason known only to those who manufacture powdered sugar they add corn starch to it, (actually they add it in to keep it from clumping and to keep it free-flowing). I have also seen wheat starch instead of corn starch. They just add whatever gets the product to the consumer as cheaply as possible I am sure. And most consumers don’t care what’s in it as long as it acts like powdered sugar. Come to think of it… most people probably just buy the ready made frosting in a can. That’s even worse. I figure if I can’t pronounce the ingredient or don’t know how it’s arrived at, then I shouldn’t eat it. Like, what is BHT and why is it in my food? For an entertaining afternoon sometime, take your favorite “off the shelf” food item, like canned frosting, and do a google search on some of the listed “ingredients”. Then decide if you want to continue to eat them. Just saying.

The only option I know of at this point is to replace powdered sugar with super fine “baker’s sugar”. It’s pure sugar, no corn.  It is not powered, but you could whirl it in a coffee grinder and pulverize it I suppose. I don’t. 

The recipe is more of a ratio than amounts, because it all depends on how much you need to make. A couple of muffins doesn’t require as much frosting as a double layer cake.

The newest version replaces rice milk with chilled coconut milk. It’s yummy. Putting the mixture in the fridge overnight does tend to “even out” the texture a little. It’s good, but the unitiated family members thought it was gritty. It’s not gritty- it’s sugar.  Some people like to taste their food… some people apparently are more about the texture. Whatever.


  • 3 parts Baker’s sugar
  • 1 part spectrum shortening (palm oil shortening)
  • 1 part cocoa powder (or more depending on how chocolatey you want it)
  • small pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp of GF vanilla
  • + chilled coconut milk or rice milk added to the consistency of frosting that you want. It was close to 1 part for my frosting.

The bottom line is that if you want cake, you should have cake. Cake with frosting? Even better.

Let them eat cake.