How to make vegan buttercream frosting


Sweet, creamy and full of vanilla flavor! You'd never guess this fluffy vegan buttercream frosting was dairy-free. The best part: you only need a few minutes and four ingredients to make it!

A while ago I published a recipe for vegan chocolate buttercream frosting. I never expected such a simple recipe to be such a big hit, but wow, it ever was! I'm happy to tell you that you seem to love Frosting as much as I do.,

I had a couple of people asking if the recipe could be adjusted to make vegan vanilla buttercream frosting, and while confident that it could, I was unable to provide the exact amounts of the ingredients. To be honest, when I make vegan buttercream frosting I usually skip measuring and just see it all!

With the holidays approaching (as well as some holiday-themed recipes I'm working on that might benefit from a good buttercream frosting), I decided it was time to come up with an actual recipe to share.,

Vegan vanilla frosting ingredients

The ingredients for this are identical to those in my chocolate topping, with the exception of omitting (surprise!) Cocoa powder. Here's what this recipe includes:

Vegan butter. What is it you ask It's basically margarine that is completely dairy-free (not all margarine is). Look for brands like Earth Balance, Melt, and my favorite Miyoko's.

Vanilla extract. This is where that delicious vanilla flavor comes from.

Dairy-free milk., Just a few squirts are all it takes to make your frosting smooth and creamy. Since we're using so little, you can use just about any variety, although I prefer to go with something unsweetened and unsweetened.

Powdered sugar. Look for powdered sugar that is organic to make sure it's vegan.

How to make vegan buttercream frosting

First, your vegan butter needs to be brought to room temperature so you can whip it. If you forget to take it out of the fridge you can microwave it for a few seconds, but this is not ideal as it is usually uneven warmed and some inevitably melt. So try to remember to take it out a couple of hours in advance!

Put the butter in a bowl, take an electric mixer and beat it until smooth and creamy. Now add this vanilla and whip it in, followed by the non-dairy milk.

Now it's time to add your powdered sugar. You have to do this in steps, adding one bit at a time and hitting each addition before adding the next., I find 1 cup steps to be the perfect amount - a lot more than that and I will usually end up in powdered sugar covered!

Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl every now and then so that you work with all of the powdered sugar.

After you've added about 4 cups of powdered sugar, the mixture should start to resemble frosting. At this point, you can start adding in smaller increments, and stop when you're happy with the consistency. More powdered sugar will give you a thicker, stiffer frosting, while less will give you a creamier frosting.,

FAQ & Vegan Buttercream Frosting Tips

  • This recipe makes enough frosting to frost and fill a 2-layer cake, or frost over 24 cupcakes.
  • Frosting leftovers are stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for about 3 weeks or in the freezer for 3 months.
  • Where can I get vegan butter? Most supermarkets carry it near regular butter or in the health food department. If not, try a place like Whole Foods.
  • Why does the powdered sugar have to be organic? Most sugar in the US, is processed with animal bones. Organic sugar is processed differently and is therefore considered vegan.
  • Is This Frosting Gluten Free? It is!
  • Do you need some ideas on how to use your frosting? Try my chocolate cake, carrot cake, or pink velvet cupcakes.

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Vegan vanilla buttercream frosting

Sweet, creamy, and bursting with vanilla flavor! You'd never guess this fluffy vegan buttercream frosting was dairy-free. The best part: you only need a few minutes and four ingredients to make it!,>


  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) vegan butter, brought to room temperature
  • 2teaspoonsvanilla extract
  • 2tablespoonsunflavored and unsweetened non-dairy milk, plus more as needed
  • 4-5cups of organic powdered sugar

  1. Place the vegan butter in a large mixing bowl and beat it with an electric mixer on high speed until creamy.,

  2. Whip in the vanilla followed by 2 tablespoons of non-dairy milk.

  3. Start with the powdered sugar, about 1 cup at a time, making sure to whip completely in each addition before adding more, and scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.

  4. Keep adding powdered sugar until you are satisfied with the taste and consistency of the sugar glass (about 4 to 5 cups total). Less powdered sugar gives you a thinner, creamier frosting, while more gives you a thicker, stiffer frosting.,

  5. If you find that you've added too much powdered sugar, dilute the frosting with a small amount (1 tablespoon or less) of additional non-dairy milk.

  6. Use the frosting right away or store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.,

Vegan Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Amount Per Serving (2 tablespoons)
Calories 189 Calories from Fat 99
* Percent Daily Values ​​are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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