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Four vegan vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting on a white surface

Vegan Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

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  • Author: Toni Okamoto
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 batch to frost 24 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This super easy vegan vanilla buttercream frosting might become your go-to recipe going forward! Add food coloring to play around with colors!


  • 1 cup of softened unsalted vegan butter at room temperature (salted is fine if that’s what you have)
  • 1 (1-pound) package confectioner’s sugar (3 ½ cups) 
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla plant-based milk
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl if you’re using a handheld electric mixer), add the room temperature vegan butter. Whisk the butter on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  2. Slowly add the confectioner’s sugar while continuously beating the butter. Add in the milk and vanilla extract and beat for an additional three minutes until light and fluffy.


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