Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

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(Last Updated On: July 19, 2022)

Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

This easy homemade vegan cream cheese frosting recipe is perfectly creamy, smooth, tangy, thick and delicious!


It’s made with a combination of vegan butter and vegan cream cheese, along with a bit of salt, vanilla and powdered sugar.


It’s so easy to make and perfect for spreading over all of your favorite sweets.


Cream cheese frosting has such a unique, classic, irresistible flavor – and I’m so happy to share this dairy free, vegan, lactose free substitute that is just as delicious, if not better!


Dairy Free Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

While my Vegan Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and Vegan Whipped Cream are both big hits on so many cakes and cookies, sometimes you need that rich, tangy flavor to pair with flavors like pumpkin, red velvet or carrot cake. 


Using dairy free frosting makes it easy to serve everyone, whether they are vegan or not.


There are so many vegan cream cheeses in stores these days it makes baking without milk incredibly easy.


While any tub of vegan cream cheese will do, I highly recommend the plain Kite Hill brand, I think the flavor is spot on and it works perfectly with this recipe!


Cream Cheese Frosting without Cream Cheese

Dairy Free Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

This cream cheese frosting substitute really has the best ever taste and texture!


While buttercream is typically sweet and fluffy with a strong vanilla flavor, cream cheese frosting has the perfect tangy and sweet balance that is just perfection.


The texture is so easy to spread over all sorts of goodies, and after a couple minutes it sets slightly and looks irresistible – almost like it’s overflowing!

Cream Cheese Frosting Substitute

How to Make Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

Mixing the Frosting Ingredients

Making this dairy free cream cheese frosting recipe is incredibly easy to do.


To start, you’ll want to mix the cream cheese, butter, vanilla and salt in a bowl until smooth.


You can whisk everything by hand or use an electric mixer – be careful if you do use an electric mixer though, overmixing will result in a runnier frosting, so mix as little as necessary until smooth.


Then, add the powdered sugar in 1/2 cup increments, mixing in between just until it starts getting smooth.


Once all the powdered sugar is added, give it a good whisking to make it smooth.


If the frosting is still a little runny, you can add a bit more powdered sugar until the desired consistency is reached.

How to make Dairy Free Frosting

How to Use Cream Cheese Frosting Substitute

It’s important to note that this is not pipeable, but it works perfectly as a thick and spreadable frosting.


It create a nice smooth finish and sits perfectly intact on cakes, cinnamon rolls, cookies and more!


Feel free to add colors, sprinkles, powders and more to celebrate every occasion.


If you’re making this recipe for a larger double-layered cake like below, I’d recommend doubling it.



This frosting will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Dairy Free Frosting for Cakes and Cinnamon Rolls

Save this vegan frosting recipe for all of your favorite baked goods!


Aside from the typically loved recipes, this frosting is perfect for sandwich cookies, muffins, pancakes and more – the possibilities are endless!


If you live a dairy-free lifestyle, you never have to feel left out again – anything can be made dairy-free and vegan, and I love the results even more.

Dairy Free Cream Cheese Frosting

This recipe is:

  • Easy
  • Creamy
  • Tangy
  • Delicious
  • Thick
  • Dairy Free
  • Vegan


Use this vegan frosting on these tasty recipes!

Easy Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

Vegan Red Velvet Cake

Best Vegan Carrot Cake

Soft Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

Easy Vegan Pumpkin Scones

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Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: About 1 1/4 Cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This creamy and tangy vegan cream cheese frosting recipe is the perfect dairy free recipe for cinnamon rolls, cakes and more!


  • 4 oz. Vegan Cream Cheese
  • 3 Tbsp Vegan Butter, room temp
  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt


  1. Add cream cheese, butter, vanilla and salt to a bowl and mix until smooth*.
  2. Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, mixing in between until mostly smooth.
  3. If frosting is a little too runny, add a little more powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached.
  4. Smooth over cookies, cakes, cinnamon rolls and more!**


*You can mix by hand or by using an electric mixer. If you do use an electric mixer, be very careful not to overmix as it will cause the frosting to be more runny, mix as little as necessary.

**If you're making this recipe for a larger double-layered cake like below, I'd recommend doubling it.

***Frosting is not pipeable, but it works very well as a thick spreadable frosting.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 75Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 0g

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12 thoughts on “Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. Seems healthy for someone like who has a sweet tooth. Will definitely use this whenever I would bake something. Recipe is easy to understand.


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