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Orange Lovers Delight Cream Cheese Frosting

What you need: 

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners sugar
1 8 oz package of vegan cream cheese
1/2 cup vegetable spread or soy margarine
1 large naval orange
1 teaspoon pineapple juice (from canned or fresh pineapples)
optional orange food coloring

What you do: 

1) Allow cream cheese and margaine to reach room temperature.
2) While slice orange in half, peel one half of orange and grate rind using a small shredder set aside gratings and remaining half of orange
3) Mix cream cheese and butter until well blended.
4) Add vanilla extract and pineapple juice to mixture.
5) Slowly add confectioners sugar until desired consistency is reached (for a fimer frosting add more sugar ).
6) Mix into frosting 1 1/2 teaspoons of orange gratings set remainder aside.
7) If you choose to add food coloring this can be done at this point start with 1 /2 teaspoon of coloring (Hint: you made need to add more sugar if to much food coloring is used to keep desired consistency)
If you are using the frosting for a cake some decorating options are as follows: Slice rings of the orange with the remaining half, remove orange and garnish cake with half moon rind rings and/or take remainder of gratings and sprinkle on the cake (also nice sprinkled on cupcakes)
This recipe also work well with lemon, lime or a combination of your favorite citrus fruits for a fresh citrus based frosting with all natural flavors. If using lemon or lime monitor taste as you are adding to the frosting.
I used this recipe (Orange) with a three layor carrot cake (with raisins, pineapple, walnuts and carrots) and it was awesome.

Preparation Time: 
30 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
1
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I use this icing for the vegan chocolate cake, only I half it. I either end up making a bundt cake or cupcakes and half of the recipe is more than enough. I also end up using more orange zest - I like a full orange flavor.

Also, I've subsituted the pineapple juice for orange juice, it's what I had on hand.

I love it because my co-workers that cringe at the word 'tofu' or 'vegan' can't tell the difference!

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Mmm, so sweet and so yummy. My favorite part about it is that you have a good amount of control from the beginning with how you want it to taste and how thick you want it. I decided to go without orange grating because I don't like the texture the peel makes. Instead I juiced the orange and juiced half a lime, added some vanilla and went crazy-go-nuts with the powdered sugar.

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This was delicious on top of my Carrot Cake, and also on top of my Citrus Cake. Thanks for the great recipe!

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