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If you’re a baking aficionado or just really love eating homemade cakes and cupcakes, then you’ll be thrilled to know you can count on this simple (but delicious!) Vegan Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe. You can use it to elevate your favorite cupcake recipe or to lather over a simple spongy cake. The possibilities for this delicious vanilla frosting are endless and it will become our go-to going forward.

Vegan buttercream showcased on vanilla cupcakes.

Vegan Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

5 from 9 votes
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 24 servings
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


  • 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.
  • 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.


The possibilities for this delicious vanilla frosting are endless and it will become our go-to going forward.


Calories: 65kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 59mgPotassium: 2mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gCalcium: 2mgIron: 1mg

Disclaimer: Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, kindly note that these are only estimates. Nutritional information may be affected based on the product type, the brand that was purchased, and in other unforeseeable ways. will not be held liable for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information. If you need to follow a specific caloric regimen, please consult your doctor first.

Additional Info

Author: Toni Okamoto
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan
Keywords: buttercream, easy frosting, vanilla frosting, vegan cake, vegan cupcakes, vegan frosting
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Unsalted Plant-Based Butter

The ingredients for this frosting recipe are very straightforward and easily accessible, but we encourage you to use unsalted vegan butter. Some of our favorite brands are Flora Plant Butter and Miyoko’s Creamery, so look out for those next time you’re going shopping. It’s always good to have a few blocks in your refrigerator for whenever the baking mood strikes! Alas, if you can’t find it, then salted vegan butter will be just fine.

Make sure you take the butter out of your refrigerator ahead of time to achieve the room temperature you’ll need for this recipe.

Do I Need a Stand Mixer?

If you’re feeling a bit worried about not having the proper equipment to achieve the perfect fluffy frosting, do not worry. You don’t need a stand mixer to make stellar cupcakes or layered cake, a simple handheld electric mixer will do just fine. Remember that is what our grandmothers used and how much we cherish theirs. We do not recommend mixing by hand.

Adjust Consistency

Depending on how you’d like to use your Vegan Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, you might need to adjust the consistency. This recipe is on the thicker side so it’s ideal if you’re thinking of using a piping bag to decorate. If that’s not the case, then we recommend smoothing it up with some more plant-based milk (one teaspoon at a time).

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Photos by Alfonso Revilla



Toni Okamoto

“They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
‘Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways…
we got to start taking better care of ourselves ” – Dead Prez

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