Healthy Greek Yogurt Frosting

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Greek yogurt frosting is a healthier alternative to buttercream or cream cheese frosting. It’s also refreshing and tasty! 

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Greek yogurt frosting has a yogurt tang, but like many of the flavors of FroYo (frozen yogurt), the tang plus a little bit of sweetness works like a charm.

Although I wouldn’t use Greek yogurt frosting on every cupcake, it is a nice option if you want a frosting without all the fat of butter.

Cupcakes frosted with Greek yogurt frosting

This post has been on my blog for years, but there was a problem with the recipe. Many readers complained that the frosting dripped of the cupcakes and cakes. It was way too liquidy!

So, I’ve updated the recipe. I tested my new updated recipe and the frosting doesn’t slide off cupcakes even when I turned them sideways.

What Makes Greek Yogurt Frosting Work

box of knox gelatin

The secret to Greek yogurt frosting that doesn’t drip is gelatin. Adding just a little plain gelatin to frosting stiffens it up enough to keep it from sliding off the side of baked goods.

If you’re a vegetarian, you can always use a vegetarian gelatin substitute. You’ll have to match the volume of gelatin and liquid to my recipe and alter that part of the instructions for your substitute.

What are the Ingredients in Greek Yogurt Frosting

Greek yogurt frosting has just a few ingredients:

  • plain gelatin
  • plain Greek yogurt
  • vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar

How to Make Greek Yogurt Frosting

Place 3 tablespoons of water in a small bowl and sprinkle one teaspoon of gelatin over it. Distribute the gelatin as evenly as you can to avoid big clumps. You do not need to stir.

Adding gelatin to water

Let it sit for three minutes.

Microwave for 7 seconds or until the gelatin is dissolved.

Gelatin dissolved in water

Mix the yogurt, powdered sugar, and vanilla by hand or with an electric mixer.

Mixing yogurt and powdered sugar

Stir in the prepared gelatin.

Adding gelatin to Greek yogurt frosting

Cover and chill for three hours. When you remove it from the refrigerator, it will look a little like JELLO.

A bowl of Greek yogurt frosting straight out of the fridge

Mix with an electric mixer or vigorously by hand to break it up.

Spread over desserts. This frosting can’t be piped.

Spreading Greek yogurt frosting

Refrigerate frosted desserts until ready to serve.

The Best Desserts to Use Greek Yogurt Frosting On

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I like Greek yogurt frosting on fruity desserts like peach muffins, banana muffins, strawberry banana bread, and strawberry cupcakes.

Yogurt and honey are a classic combination and I love Greek yogurt frosting on honey cupcakes and honey cake, too.


For a twist, try using flavored Greek yogurt in this frosting.

Keep in mind that flavored Greek yogurt is typically sweetened so you’ll want to cut back on the amount of sugar you add to the frosting.

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Greek Yogurt Frosting

Greek yogurt is a sweet and tangy healthier frosting alternative.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 31kcal
Author Stefani


  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon plain gelatin
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup powered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Place water in a small microwave-safe bowl.
  • Sprinkle gelatin evenly over the top of the water. Avoid having any large clumps. Do not stir.
  • Let the gelatin sit for three minutes.
  • Microwave for seven seconds or until the gelatin dissolves.
  • Whisk together yogurt, powdered sugar, and vanilla.
  • Stir in prepared gelatin.
  • Place in the fridge for at least three hours.
  • Remove and stir until smooth.
  • Spread on baked goods.


For a twist, try using flavored Greek yogurt in this frosting. Keep in mind that flavored Greek yogurt is typically sweetened so you'll want to cut back on the amount of sugar you add to the frosting.
This frosting can only be spread, not piped, and it must be kept refrigerated.


Calories: 31kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 24mg | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 18mg
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