How to Make Vegan Frosting?

Vegans are often on the lookout for new and authentic frostings to tantalize their taste buds with their all-time favourite desserts. The vegan frosting is not only delicious but healthy as well. And the best part is that it is easy to prepare and ideal for cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. To make vegan cake frosting, all you need to do is mix proportionate amounts of vegan butter, powdered sugar, plant-based milk (or aquafaba), and any extract or flavouring. 

Today, we are going to get into the details of how you can prepare the best vegan frosting of the flavour of your choice at home. The ingredients are easy to get, and with an electric mixer, you can whip up your vegan cake frosting within 10 minutes.

Without any further adou let’s get started.

Vegan Frosting Ingredients

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It all starts with ingredients. The ingredients are quite close to what you will be using in regular frostings. However, there are a few notable differences. Make sure to copy these ingredients to your grocery shopping list. 

  • 1 ½ Cups Vegan Butter (best vegan frosting brands for butter include Melt, Miyoko’s, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, and Earth Balance)
  • 5 Cups Powdered Sugar (look for organic sugar)
  • ¼ Cup Non-dairy Milk – unsweetened or unflavored nut milk or aquafaba (the liquid from the can of white beans or chickpea)
  • Flavoring or extract of your choice – cocoa, vanilla, coffee, etc. 
  • Salt to taste 

NOTE: The recipe prepares a large batch, big enough to frost a two-layered cake. So, you can make changes to the quantities mentioned to prepare your batch. Just remember that there is no less and more when it comes to the quantity of the ingredients.

How to Make the Best Vegan Frosting?

As said earlier, making vegan frosting is no rocket science. It is just about taking all the ingredients and mixing them together in proper proportions. However, before you start, ensure that the vegan butter is at room temperature. While you can rotate it in the microwave for a few seconds, it would be better if you let it sit for a few hours at room temperature.

Here’s how to prepare your vegan frosting:

  1. Take a large bowl, add vegan butter of the said amount, and beat it with a hand mixer or a blender until it turns soft, creamy, and fluffy. 
  2. Next, pour in some non-dairy milk into the creamy butter. You can use almond milk. Beat it until the mixture is smooth and uniform. While beating, simultaneously add a pinch of salt to it. 
  3. Now, it is time to add your frosting flavour to the mixture. You can choose between extract and flavouring. Vanilla extract will give you a nice fruity flavour, while cocoa powder will make it more rich and creamy. You can also combine them together. Add a few drops of vanilla extract and a few tablespoons of cocoa powder to get a unique flavour. 
  4. As you continue to beat the mixture with a blender, add powdered sugar. You are advised to add sugar in batches. Add sugar until you are happy with the texture and taste.

That’s it! Your homemade vegan cake frosting is ready. Just make sure that you don’t eat it out of the bowl. Save some for your those cupcakes and cake you’ve you’ve been craving.

Pro Tips that Nobody will Tell you:

  • Vegan butter happens to separate into liquid and chunks when beaten. It is common if you experience this. Continue to beat it until it forms a creamy texture. To ensure everything comes together in the first place, the vegan butter should be kept at room temperature for a few hours. 
  • You will easily find the ingredients required to make vegan frosting in most supermarkets and grocery stores. Or, if you want to save yourself the hassle of preparing your own frosting, you can try our recommended vegan frosting brands: 
  1. Duncan Hines Creamy Frosting 
  2. Miss Jones Organic Frosting 
  3. Simple Mills Organic Frosting
  • To give character and texture to your frosting, you can add sprinkles and edible glitters to it.  
  • Your vegan frosting can remain unspoiled for up to 3 weeks in a sealed container in a refrigerator. In the freezer, the expiry date increases to 3 months. 
  • Most people ask whether they can add honey to their frosting for flavour. Please note that honey is not vegan. So, if you add honey for flavour, the whole point of veganism blemishes. 

Read more about Honey and Veganism.

Vegan Frosting Options to Try Out!

vegan frosting

Now, you don’t have to do what everyone else does – prepare the same old frosting. You can try out new flavours to find what works best for your taste buds. The following are some of the ways to make vegan frosting at home, and all of them are delicious.

#1 Lemon Frosting with Vegan Butter

Blend 5-6 tablespoons of vegan butter with 2 ⅕ cups of powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. This will give you the traditional buttercream vibes.

#2 Cooked Flour Frosting with Vegan Butter

  • Take a small saucepan, add 1 cup rice milk, one cup powdered sugar, and 5 tablespoons of plain flour, and whisk the mixture at low flame.
  • Mix it until it forms a pudding texture and take it from the stove.
  • Let it cool down to normal room temperature. 
  • Pour it in a large mixing bowl, add 8 tablespoons of vegan butter, and beat it with a hand mixer until it turns light and fluffy. 
  • Add a few drops of vanilla extract and beat it until required.

#3 Lemon Frosting with Coconut Oil

Combine 5 tablespoons of refined coconut oil with 2 cups powdered sugar, a pinch of salt, and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Beat it properly to get a good texture.

Final Words

How many times has it happened that you were made feel guilty of indulging your ‘sweet tooth’ by health freaks for no apparent reason? The benefits of enjoying a good dessert have been overlooked. From endless lectures on how it should be consumed in moderation to why it should be avoided completely, there appears to be no break for us ‘dessert lovers’ to sit in peace and nibble on our favourite sweetmeats. 

With vegan ingredients, you can be one of those ‘healthy’ people who crave strawberry shortcakes and chocolates. 

If you have any concerns regarding the recipe(s) discussed, feel free to ask. 

Meanwhile, share it with your friends and loved ones.

About Mark Miller

I'm Mark, and I am one of the two faces behind CodeVegan. I co-founded CodeVegan alongside Lila. To give you a little background, my journey here hasn't been an easy one. So, for all of you out there struggling, I've been there. You're not alone! Like many of you, I grew up a meat-eater, but I soon realized the impact this had on the world. I've been a vegan for the last ten years, and life has never been better. It takes time to adjust, but it's worth it in the end. Now, my lifestyle choice is an integral part of who I am. In my early days, there wasn't much in the way of information either, so with this blog, I'm here to make sure that doesn't happen to you.

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