Three Delectable Vegan Frosting Recipes

Vegan Frosting Recipes

Vegan Frosting Recipes have long been established as one of the easiest dessert options to really knock out of the park, regardless of your prowess in the kitchen. The ingredients are fairly easy swaps and can be customized to create some interesting and delicious flavor profiles. Frosting, however, is a bit trickier, since many rely on dairy to get the right texture. Fortunately, these three basic vegan frosting recipes are easy to switch up to suit any taste you are looking for and are rather simple, too!

Vegan Frosting Recipes

1. Basic Vegan Buttercream Frosting Recipes

Most cakes do rather well when coated with plain, vanilla buttercream. The sweet, unassuming flavor works well with a wide variety of cakes and can be topped or customized with mix-ins to create more interesting frostings easily. This is a very easy starter recipe that can be further enhanced with extracts, cookie crumbs, or other additional ingredients to make it even better!


  • 1 cup vegan butter
  • 3 ½ to 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

How To Make

  • In a bowl, cream together the vegan butter and vanilla.
  • Add the sugar in slowly as you mix, stopping once a good frosting consistency forms
  • Store in the fridge until ready to use
  • Do not let melt

2. Fluffy Chocolate Frosting

Next to classic vanilla, chocolate frosting is one of the most popular in the world. Decadent, rich, and almost sinfully delicious, chocolate frosting is another easy to convert option that will really take your vegan cake to the next level.


  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder of choice
  • 3 tbsp vegan butter (use stick style)
  • 4 tbsp almond milk (or another milk alternative)
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional but enhances the flavoring of the frosting)

How To Make

  • In a bowl, combine the powdered sugar, cocoa, vegan butter, and vanilla.
  • Slowly add in the almond milk while mixing until a thick, spreadable texture forms.
  • If you add too much milk, add more sugar. If there is too much thickness, try adding a little more almond milk. It is a bit of a balancing act but once you reach a texture you like you can stop mixing.

3. Peanut Butter Frosting

A super dreamy option, this peanut butter frosting is delicious, decadent, but also somehow light, making it perfect for those heavier cakes that could use something a little less intense. This pairs especially well with chocolate cakes or a coconut topping, emulating a delicious candy bar treat! It can also be used as a filling for cupcakes or other pastries, too, due to its fluffy texture!


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup vegan butter (stick form)
  • 2 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼  cup almond milk or another non-dairy alternative
  • 1 tsp vanilla

How To Make

  • In a bowl, mix together the peanut butter, butter, sugar, and vanilla.
  • As you mix, add in the almond milk slowly, combining until a thick but spreadable texture forms. You may need more or less than the ¼ cup, depending on your preference.
  •  Store in the fridge and do not let melt

Toppings and Mix-Ins

The thing about frosting recipes is that they are a guideline. You can take a basic one and turn it into something special with a few extra ingredients. Add a little cinnamon to the chocolate one and you’re in for a treat. Crush some Oreos (which are actually vegan) and add them to the vanilla one and you’ve created cookies and cream.

Top a simple cake with fruit or a drizzle of chocolate ganache and you’ve created edible art. Throw some crushed peanuts onto a chocolate frosted cake and you have a totally new texture and flavor experience! Baking may be a science but it is one you can easily play around with to create new and incredible things! The possibilities are simply as endless as your own imagination.

Sweet Success

These basic frosting recipes are fantastic on their own or with a little tweaking. Vegan baking does not have to be hard if you know a few easy tips and tricks to help you get the perfect texture and flavor on any frosting you tackle. Treat each recipe as a base guideline and have some fun! Good luck!

What do you think?

Written by Mel Ebenstein

I am a marketer and entrepreneur. I have avoided meat for decades, but became vegan, in 2014, on the advice of my cardiologist. The purpose of this site is not to convince everyone to become strictly vegan, but to encourage people that they are best advised to eat as much plant based food as possible and to provide information, including recipes and other articles, for both vegans and non-vegans alike.

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