Caramel Icing

July 12, 2012

This is frosting that really tastes like caramel. Creamy, creamy caramel. It’s frosting the way it is meant to be. Just fat, sugar and crazy light on the tongue. 


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Caramel Icing
Creamy, beautiful, light and sweet. The caramel flavor is delicious. This is frosting the way "the normals" eat it.
  • 1 cup Palm (Coconut) Sugar
  • ¼ cup Palm Shortening
  • 2 Tbsp Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  1. Grind the sugar in a coffee grinder. ¼ cup at a time.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Using an electric mixer whip on high until it's fluffy.
  4. Eat!
  5. Store chilled.
  6. this recipe can ice 12 cupcakes


In this episode I smeared the frosting all over the paleo, grain-free, vegan Everyday Cookies (another Paleo Parents recipe from their new cookbook). Check out that episode HERE!



This was a really fun shoot and I got a lot of great material out of it. Here are the links to the all the outtakes that didn’t make it into this episode:

Connecting Some Dots – In which I sort through some childhood digestive history and realize some important things.

What’s the absolute, Best Way To Peel A Banana? –  Please, let me demonstrate. icon smile Paleo Everyday CookiesNostalgia in the form of Hoho’s, Snowballs & Peeps – Catie and I miss the foods we used to eat that would definitely make us feel sick if we ate them now.

Childhood Brainwashing (To Eat Healthy) – The messages that we learn in childhood are incredibly powerful. They sink in and they sink in deep.


This recipe is from The Paleo Parent’s cookbook, “Eat Like A Dinosaur“. Check it out! It’s beautiful and full of easy to make, tasty recipes.


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Lillian's Test Kitchen is an online cooking web series. The recipes in this series are always grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and cane sugar-free. The recipes are also all (at this point) paleo. Some are vegan. Some are raw. I use the best ingredients I can find (and afford). But Lillian's Test Kitchen is not so much about food as it is about the experience of trying something you have never tried before and then finding the joy, comedy and laughter in those small moments in spite of and also often, because of dietary restrictions. My goal is to inspire others to take their health into their own hands and make their own food.

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  1. Brielle says:

    Um, I have been wanting to have caramel for a while now and haven’t been able to figure out how without the sugar. Hello yummy.

    • lillian says:

      Girl, get ready to get happy. It’s creamy AND it’s caramel. It’s fabulous.

      • Brielle says:

        Made this caramel business with apple cake muffins/cupcakes. I needed to give some to friends because I couldn’t stop wanting to eat them all. Fall party recipe for the vault. Spanks Lil!

  2. Rachel Keeth says:

    That icing looks so amazing! It would probably be really good on your apple cake (the one made with almond butter).

    Rachel Keeth // Lavender & Honey

  3. Is Palm shortening the same as coconut oil?

  4. amber says:

    Hi Lillian,

    I also have this book! It’s pretty great. I haven’t made this frosting thank you for making it for me. It looks amazing. I always enjoy your videos – you always make me smile. 🙂


  5. Alisa says:

    Frosting is one of my favorite foods, I wish I was there with you two, eating, and giggling 🙂

  6. Sarah says:

    Dairy free caramel that looks simple? Heck, yes! Mmmm. You may have just motivated me to actually buy palm sugar, I’ve been avoiding paying the $. I love “the normals,” may be using that myself sometime. (A normal friend couldn’t remember the other day if I was vegan or GF, which is a funny mix up in my world.)

    • lillian says:

      Yeah, it’s not cheap, but you can get it relatively cheaply if you buy the Wholesome Sweeteners brand. Or get it in bulk. And it’s TOTALLY worth it.

      “The normals” should get on this frosting. It’ll make everyone happy. 🙂

  7. Diana Lesire Brandmeyer says:

    Thanh you Sarah. I’m going to do the same.

  8. Eden says:

    Watching this video made me briefly consider the following scenario.
    Turn off computer, pick up purse, leave office, hop a bus to the nearest Whole Foods for ingredients, go home, bake all afternoon, get a call from my boss asking that I explain my sudden absence, mumble a response through a mouth full of cupcake, lose job, end up in a van down by the river.

    Guess I better wait till after 5PM to give this a shot. Hope I can hold out that long, cuz all that “Mmmmm”ing and “Oh Wow”ing make me think that it might just be worth risking homelessness for this frosting.

    • lillian says:


      Reading this comment, I laughed out loud, read it to my boyfriend prefixing it as “the best comment I have ever gotten”, and then I laughed out loud AGAIN.

      You complete me.

  9. amber says:

    Hello There Lillian,

    Pssst…I passed you an award: The Sunshine Award. Thank you for your amazing blog. Please don’t feel too much pressure with these awards, they’re just a fun and way for bloggers to recognize other bloggers and spread some love. And so with admiration and appreciation, today I’m passing it to you.

    -Amber from The Tasty Alterative

    Award Post:

    • lillian says:


      I’m speechless. Thank you so much! You completely made my day. Thank you!


  10. Beth J says:

    Hi, not sure if you or your readers know this, but coconut sugar and palm sugar are definitely not the same thing….

    • lillian says:


      Really? I’ve always seen the names used interchangeably. Are they not the same?

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