Must-Try Vegan Buttercream Frosting – Dairy-Free Frosting

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This vegan buttercream frosting tastes just as good as any vanilla frosting, but it’s completely dairy-free! This vegan frosting is made from just three ingredients and it comes together super easily!

The taste of this vegan frosting is spot-on and, unlike other options for vegan frosting like aquafaba meringue, it holds its shape perfectly. It lasts on my countertop for two days and still looks perfect!

vegan buttercream frosting

What Are the Ingredients in Vegan Frosting?

The biggest choice to make when making vegan frosting is picking a dairy-free butter substitute.

Other than the vegan butter, vegan frosting just needs powdered sugar and vanilla extract.

One thing to keep in mind is that not all sugar is vegan. There are a variety of processes sugar goes through to make it pure white. For some companies, one of those processes involves running the sugar through bone char (made from burning animal bones). While there is no bone char in the end product, animals were used in producing it. Most modern sugar companies have moved away from this practice, but to be certain, refer to My Darling Vegan’s great guide to vegan sugars to seek out a vegan sugar brand.

vegan buttercream frosting on a cupcake

How to Make Vegan Buttercream Frosting

Use the same steps to make vegan buttercream that you use to make the non-vegan version.

For normal buttercream frosting, I recommend that you let the butter come to room temperature before use. Because most vegan butter is oil-based, it doesn’t take as long to come to room temperature as regular butter. In fact, vegan butter will be too soft to make buttercream if you leave it sitting out on the counter. For most brands, I use the vegan butter directly from the refrigerator.

Start by beating the vegan butter until light and fluffy. Then, mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla.

Once the buttercream is completely mixed, it is stable at room temperature for at least a few days because of its sugar content.

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Must-Try Vegan Frosting (Trans-Fat Free)

This vegan frosting tastes just as good as any non-vegan vanilla frosting, but it's completely dairy-free! The taste of this frosting is spot-on and this frosting holds its shape perfectly.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 115kcal
Author Stefani


  • 1/2 cup vegan butter cold
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Using a stand mixer or handheld electric mixer, beat butter until it softens and becomes light and fluffy (about three minutes on high speed).
  • Mix in powdered sugar a little at a time until it all comes together and looks like frosting.
  • Mix in vanilla extract.


Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 61mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 360IU
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