Last Updated on January 14, 2023
Want to know the best recipe for buttercream frosting? Then, read more to learn how to make vegan frosting without vegan butter. This vegan frosting recipe is super easy to make, with a preparation time of fewer than fifteen minutes.
Not only that but it's also excellent for cakes and cupcakes. It is so delectable that you can't help but eat it off the spoon. You can also put your favorite add-ins like sprinkles into this recipe. Doing this makes it extra fun and special for your kids.
Remember that not all frostings are dairy-free. Though numerous store-bought frostings are dairy-free, it would be best to check the labels. In addition to that, homemade frostings usually contain cream cheese or butter. Therefore, it would not be dairy-free. Let's take first a look at how to make vegan frosting with vegan butter, and then how to make vegan frosting without vegan butter.
Vegan Butter for Dairy-Free Frosting
Essentially, vegan butter is not technically butter because it does not contain dairy. Therefore, it has the consistency of margarine rather than butter. Because of that, you will need high-fat butter in this recipe. So, use Earth Balance, Country Crock Plant Butter, and Miyoko because they contain 79 to 80 percent fat.
The difference between traditional and dairy-free buttercream is that you can substitute dairy butter with vegan butter. In addition, you can replace the whipping cream or milk, with non-dairy milk.
Use room-temperature, or softened vegan butter for making the vegan buttercream frosting. And make sure not to microwave frozen butter because it will make the buttercream mixture runny.
What You Will Need
- 2pcs of vegan butter (230 grams) at room temperature; the preferred brands are Miyoko's, Earth Balance, and Country Crock Plant Butter
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract (5 ml)
- 3 ½ to 4 cups sifted organic vegan-friendly powdered sugar, about 450g
- 2-3 tablespoons full-fat coconut milk, or any other dairy-free milk
- Stand Mixer
- Rubber spatula
- Mixing bowls
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring spoons
Step 1: Mix
In a bowl, place the butter and half of the powdered sugar. Then, utilize a stand mixer equipped with a paddle attachment and combine the butter and sugar.
Start with low. Then, mix until everything incorporates well. Make sure to do this slowly to avoid having a gritty mixture.
Pour the remaining half of the powdered sugar and mix on low until completely incorporated.
Step 2: Adding Flavor
Add the vanilla extract and the full-fat coconut milk to the mixture.
Step 3: Consistency
If you think the mixture is too thick for your liking, add one tablespoon of additional milk. Do that until the consistency satisfies you. Or, if you think that it is not thick enough, you can add more sugar.
Step 4: Scrape
With the use of a rubber spatula, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
Step 5: Use It or Store It
Once you combined everything, you can use it immediately, or store it in the refrigerator to save it for later.
Tips and Tricks For Vegan Frosting
If you cannot find high-fat vegan butter, you can use any vegan butter. Although, you will not achieve the same results since it may not be the same consistency. As a result, it will be a lot softer.
Furthermore, avoid leaving the vegan buttercream frosting at room temperature for a long period. Keep that in mind to stop the buttercream frosting from spoiling or melting. That is why you should use the frosting immediately or store it in the refrigerator.
To store your vegan buttercream frosting, place it in a bowl with an airtight lid. Likewise, you can cover it with plastic wrap. That way, the vegan buttercream frosting will last in the refrigerator for a month or so. And it can last for about six months in the freezer. When you use the frosting, make sure to stir the mixture before you use it for frosting.
Sifting the powdered sugar before incorporating it with the butter will help avoid getting clumps in the mixture. The quality of powdered sugar is also one thing to consider. Also, it would help to mix in extra powdered sugar if the frosting is too thin.
Do this until you achieve the appropriate consistency. In addition to that, you can chill the vegan frosting until the fat solidifies.
Moreover, to achieve different flavors in your frosting, you can substitute milk with flavored liquid like fruit juice. In addition to that, you can use jellies, coffee, and jams. Likewise, if you wonder if you can add color to your frosting, you sure can.
If you do this, I recommend using gel powder over liquid coloring. Finally, and most importantly, make sure it is vegan.
Vegan Frosting Without Vegan Butter: Easy Recipe
- 2 pcs of vegan butter 230 grams at room temperature; the preferred brands are Miyokos, Earth balance, and Country Crock Plant Butter.
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract 5 ml
- 3 ½ to 4 cups sifted organic vegan-friendly powdered sugar about 450g
- 2-3 tablespoons full fat coconut milk or any other dairy-free milk
- In a bowl, place the butter and half of the powdered sugar. Then, utilize a stand mixer equipped with a paddle attachment and combine the butter and sugar.
- Start with low. Then, mix until everything incorporates well. Make sure to do this slowly to avoid having a gritty mixture.
- Pour the remaining half of the powdered sugar and mix on low until completely incorporated.
- Add the vanilla extract and the full-fat coconut milk to the mixture.
- If you think the mixture is too thick for your liking, add one tablespoon of additional milk. Do that until the consistency satisfies you. Or, if you think that it is not thick enough, you can add more sugar.
- With the use of a rubber spatula, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
- Once you combined everything, you can use it immediately or store it in the refrigerator to save it for later.
Plant-Based Frosting: Vegan Frosting Without Vegan Butter
If you're looking to make a plant-based frosting, without the use of vegan butter, then look no further. To make this vegan frosting without vegan butter, you'll need the following ingredients:
- 3-4 cups of sifted powdered sugar, organic is best
- ½ cup of room-temperature coconut cream
- 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
Now all you need to do is:
- Gather all of the ingredients you need for this recipe. Add the following ingredients to a mixing bowl: powdered sugar, coconut cream, and vanilla extract. Start by mixing slowly, and then gradually increase the speed. Keep mixing until completely combined.
- If you find that your frosting is too thick, add a tablespoon of coconut cream, and mix well. If you find that your frosting is too thin, add a tablespoon of confectioner powder. You can also try chilling in the refrigerator to achieve the same result.
- Your frosting is now ready to use. Use immediately, or store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use. Before you use your frosting, allow it to come to room temperature, for best results. Wait until your baked goods are cool before frosting, and enjoy!
Cashew Butter Frosting Recipe
Another alternative for vegan butter is the use of cashews. If you'd like to make simple cashew buttercream frosting, this is the recipe for you. For this, you'll need the following ingredients:
- 1 ½ cups of raw unsalted cashews
- ¼ cup of maple syrup
- ½ cup of plant milk (be sure it's vegan)
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
Now all you need to do is:
- Before you begin, you'll need to soak your cashews overnight, and then drain them when ready to use. It's also important the cashews you choose are both unroasted and unsalted.
- Using a blender or food processor, add the following ingredients: cashews, maple syrup (or agave nectar, if you'd prefer), milk, and vanilla extract.
- Pulse the ingredients for at least a minute or so. The consistency should be smooth and spreadable. You should no longer be able to see any cashew pieces.
- Remove from the blender and use as needed. Use in a piping bag to frost cupcakes, or spread onto cookies or loaf cakes. Enjoy!
Vegan Butter Substitute for Frosting
While vegan butter is the most popular replacement for traditional butter in most recipes, there are plenty of other options you can choose from. Some of my favorites include:
- coconut oil
- coconut butter
- nut butter (peanut butter etc.)
- olive oil
- mashed fruit (avocado or banana)
- dairy free yogurt
It's also important not to assume that the measurements will be the same when switching out one ingredient for another, so always be sure to check.
I hope this post has helped you to become more familiar with how to make vegan frosting without vegan butter. There's a huge selection of substitutes you can use, but I find coconut cream or nut butter the best options when it comes to making vegan frosting.
Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to making vegan frosting without vegan butter? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!
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