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Vegan Vanilla Frosting

  • Author: Nikki Cervone
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: About 2 cups 1x


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
  • 33 1/2 cups vegan powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Using the paddle attachment, mix the margarine in the bowl of a stand mixer until whipped.
  2. 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.
  3. Mix in the salt, milk, and vanilla until completely incorporated.
  4. 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.
  5. 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