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a wooden spoon mixing vegan vanilla frosting in a white mixing bowl

Vegan Vanilla Frosting

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  • Author: Kaylie Grace
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Vegan vanilla frosting is fluffy, creamy, super sweet, and infused with rich vanilla flavor! Learn how to make vegan vanilla buttercream at home with just 4 ingredients. It’s easy to make, dairy-free, gluten-free, and ready in 10 minutes. Use this easy recipe to frost cakes, cupcakes, cookies, cinnamon rolls, and so much more!


  • 1 cup vegan butter sticks (2 sticks)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 24 tbsp non-dairy milk, only if needed


  1. Chop the vegan butter into cubes and add to a large bowl.
  2. Using a handheld electric mixer or stand mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add vanilla extract and salt to the bowl. Beat together until combined.
  3. Add 2 cups sifted powdered sugar to the bowl. Beat together until evenly combined. Then, add the remaining powdered sugar and beat together again. If needed, add splashes of non-dairy milk to thin the frosting.
  4. Spread frosting on cake, cupcakes, or any dessert of your choice. Enjoy!


  • I strongly encourage you to use vegan butter sticks rather than margarine from a tub. Tub butter is greasy and melts easily. I always use Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks.
  • Be sure to sift the powdered sugar in order to remove any clumps.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 246
  • Sugar: 29g
  • Fat: 14g
  • Carbohydrates: 29g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g