1 can (15 oz) chilled full fat coconut milk (put the can in the fridge for a few hours)
4-6 Tbsp powdered sugar per coconut fat in the can *See note below (Trader Joe’s makes an organic evaporate cane juice version.)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract, or more to taste
Once the coconut milk is chilled, when you open the can, the fat will have risen to the top and hardened. This is the only portion you will use. Do not mix it with the water below.
Add this coconut fat/cream to the bowl of your stand mixer and beat on high for about 4-5 minutes or until it reaches soft peaks. You may need several cans, which you can save the fat from as you use the milk. Just freeze it until you have enough for your specific use.
Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat again until well blended.
**The amount of sugar you will need will depend upon how much of the milk you use, as it is difficult to just get the fat from the can. However, you can use a strainer to allow some of the milk to drain off.
Using a chilled metal bowl also helps in achieving the best results.
This is best used as a topping on cakes and desserts and not for layering, as it is heavier than conventional dairy whipped cream.
**Note - the consistency of the coconut cream is on the topping of the cake in this photo. Not the layers.