If you take one peek in my fridge, you’ll see it. It’s obvious. There’s a teetering tower of it perched high on my top shelf.
Butter. Pound after pound of sweet, creamy, fatty butter.
Like any dairy-loving pastry cook who has a (cough cough) healthy obsession with this ingredient, I enjoy using butter in baking.
A lot of it.
Its greasy goodness is smeared allllll over so many of my recipes for Foodal. Especially in my frostings.
I even add a little to my ganache recipe. Because, well, butter.
But even someone as obsessed as I am has a limit! All that dairy… oof. It certainly isn’t the best for your daily diet!
After working in a vegan bakeshop and ice creamery, I was able to explore alternative recipes without dairy, ones that didn’t sacrifice any flavor.
This amazing vegan vanilla frosting is a great example!
It is still sweet, thick, fluffy, and perfect piped high on a cupcake – just like any lactose-laden buttercream.
Five ingredients, and just 5 minutes to make, it’s a simple and easy recipe that you can mix together in a flash for an effortless, delicious icing.
Whip up this tasty creation now with the recipe below.Print
If you made a vegan cake or cupcakes, but still need a tasty icing, make our 5-ingredient sweet and fluffy vegan vanilla frosting.
- 1 cup (2 sticks) vegan stick margarine, room temperature
- 3 – 3 1/2 cups vegan powdered sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1–2 tablespoons non-dairy milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Using the paddle attachment, mix the margarine in the bowl of a stand mixer until whipped.
- Slowly add the powdered sugar a little at a time, starting at a low speed and slowly increasing to high speed, until light and fluffy.
- Mix in the salt, milk, and vanilla until completely incorporated.
- The mixture should be thick, but still easy to spread. If it is too thick, add more non-dairy milk. If it is too thin, add more powdered sugar.
- Use immediately, or store in the refrigerator for up to one week. When ready to use, let it sit at room temperature for 10 minutes, and re-whip with a stand mixer to make it light and fluffy again for decorating.
1 recipe can decorate 12 cupcakes, or 2 8-inch cake rounds.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Frosting
- Method: Mixer, No-Cook
- Cuisine: Dessert
Keywords: frosting, icing, vegan, cake
Cooking by the Numbers…
Step 1 – Gather and Prep
Set out a mixing bowl and paddle attachment for a stand mixer.
Step 2 – Whip the Margarine
Place the margarine in the mixing bowl. Whip with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy.
Use your favorite variety of non-dairy stick margarine, rather than the spread, to get the exact quantity that you need.
Step 3 – Slowly Add the Powdered Sugar
Mix in the powdered sugar a little at a time. Start at a low speed and slowly increase to a high speed. Mix until light and fluffy.
Step 4 – Add the Remaining Ingredients
Mix in the non-dairy milk, vanilla extract, and salt. Re-whip until light and fluffy again.
Hold the Butter!
If you already baked your favorite vegan cakes, whoopie pies, cookies, or brownies, but still need a tasty icing to cover the top, definitely make this recipe for fluffy vegan frosting!
It’s like a traditional buttercream, but with no dairy. You still get to enjoy the sweet, classic flavors of vanilla, powdered sugar, and the perfect pinch of salt to round out the taste.
If you enjoyed this recipe, be sure to check out all of our vegan offerings.
What are your favorite vegan versions of buttery foods? What dessert do you plan to decorate with this icing? Give us your tastiest suggestions in the comment section below!
For another vegan decoration option, consider using our frosting-free technique to decorating desserts!
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Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.
About Nikki Cervone
Nikki Cervone is a full-time cheesemonger and specialty foods buyer living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she's not nibbling on her favorite cheeses or testing a batch of cupcakes, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga, wine, hiking, singing in the shower, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.