Vegan Vanilla Frosting

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(Last Updated On: July 19, 2022)

Best Vegan Vanilla Frosting Recipe

This vegan vanilla frosting recipe is my go to for icing any cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more!


It’s a four ingredient buttercream-base with delicious vanilla flavor and the perfect creamy texture.


This vegan icing recipe works perfectly for both piping and spreading.


It’s just thick enough to make beautiful piping designs, and light enough to simply spread with a butter knife.


The frosting is also perfect for coloring to suit any occasion!

Vegan Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients for the best vegan frosting recipe:

  • Vegan Butter – Be sure to use butter sticks and not butter from a tub – many stores now carry vegan butter sticks! My favorite brand is Country Crock Plant Butter, but any dairy-free sticks will work fine.
  • Vegan Powdered Sugar – Not all sugar is vegan, though most organic brands are. Here is a helpful list.
  • Vanilla Extract – Very important to add tons of delicious flavor!
  • Plant Milk – Just a splash needed, any type will work.

Vegan Icing Recipe

Easy Vegan Buttercream Icing 

Making this recipe for vegan frosting is such a breeze, it’s ready in no time and is perfect for any dessert that needs some added vanilla sweetness.


The ingredients are very basic and familiar, with just a couple dairy free swaps.


This frosting will keep for one to two weeks in the fridge, it will just need to sit out for a little while to become easily pipeable or spreadable.


After being added to cakes, cookies or cupcakes, the frosting will be fine for up to three or four days at room temperature for optimal taste and texture.


Try my Vegan Whipped Cream for a lighter frosting too if you’d like!

Vegan Frosting for Cupcakes

How to Make Dairy Free Frosting

Making the Icing

To make this delicious and easy vegan vanilla frosting recipe, start by adding the room temperature vegan butter to a bowl.


The butter must be room temperature – do not melt it in the microwave or else the texture will not be right!


I recommend using an electric mixer for this, but you can also use a whisk and vigorously whisk by hand.


Beat the butter just until nice and creamy, and then add in the vanilla and mix to incorporated.


Add the powdered sugar a cup at a time, mixing completely in between, until all is added.

Vegan Frosting Recipe

Finishing Vanilla Buttercream

To make it easier to work with, add just a tablespoon or two of plant milk and mix in.


You want to use a little as possible for best results, but you can add up to three or even four tablespoons if you would rather spread it instead of pipe.

Vegan Vanilla Frosting Recipe

That’s it – feel free to pipe or spread the frosting as is to any sweet treats that need some vegan buttercream frosting.


You can also add some vegan food dye like below, and rainbow sprinkles on top is always a good idea. 


Try this frosting on my Lavender Shortbread Cookies for a floral and vanilla flavor combination!

Vegan Vanilla Frosting

Vegan Frosting for Cake and Cupcakes Tips

This frosting makes enough for a two layer nine inch cake, or about twenty four cupcakes.


Be careful if your environment is too warm because it could cause your butter to be too runny, which could ruin the frosting.


You shouldn’t need more powdered sugar than the recipe calls for, this will result in an oversweet frosting with an undesirable texture.


If your frosting is too thick, add a small amount of plant milk, if it’s too runny, try placing it in the fridge to firm up before adding more powdered sugar.

Vegan Frosting Easy

This vegan icing recipe is:

  • Easy
  • Creamy
  • Simple
  • Sweet
  • Dairy Free
  • Vanilla Flavored
  • Customizable
  • Velvety
  • Smooth


Check out these recipes to add easy vegan vanilla frosting to:

Fluffy Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes

Best Vegan Red Velvet Cake

Vegan Carrot Cake Recipe

Rainbow Vegan Funfetti Cake

Vegan Frosted Lofthouse Sugar Cookies


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Best Vegan Buttercream

Vegan Frosting for Cupcakes

Vegan Vanilla Frosting

Yield: About 4 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This creamy and delicious vegan vanilla frosting is the best dairy-free buttercream ever. Vanilla icing perfect for cakes, cookies or piping.


  • 3 1/2 Cups Vegan Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Cup Vegan Butter, room temperature*
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1-3 Tbsp Plant Milk


  1. In a bowl, beat the room temperature vegan butter with an electric mixer, or vigorously by hand, just until creamy.
  2. Add the vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  3. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, mixing completely in between cups, until all is used up.
  4. Add plant milk, as little as possible, until desired consistency is reached.
  5. Add to your favorite sweets and enjoy!


*Be sure to use vegan butter sticks and not butter from a tub.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 198Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 93mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 0gSugar: 24gProtein: 0g

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