Easy Vegan Vanilla Frosting Recipe

You’ll love this creamy, easy Vegan Vanilla Frosting recipe made with only a few ingredients. Vegan Frosting recipes are easy to make and full of flavor! Make this Dairy Free Frosting and you’ll wonder why you didn’t do vegan before! Serve this delicious vanilla cake frosting on your favorite cake or cupcake today!

A cupcake topped with vanilla frosting and sprinkles has these words above it: Best Vegan Vanilla Frosting.
This dairy free cake frosting is perfect for cupcakes!

When I’m making one of my favorite vegan cakes or vegan cupcakes, it’s always a dilemma to decide which vegan buttercream frosting to top it with! Lately, this dairy free vanilla frosting has been the winner!

That’s unusual for me, because normally I lean toward chocolate. But vegan vanilla icing recipes are alluring too!

How to Make Vegan Frosting

If you’re wondering how to make vegan icing, you’ve come to the right place. In fact, one of my main goals was to make this vegan frosting easy to make plus delicious! Here are the steps to make this dairy free frosting recipe:

Step One: Cream the Butter

This is basically a dairy free buttercream frosting. But how can we make a buttercream frosting without butter? Easy! We’ll be using vegan butter to make butter free frosting.

So, in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth. You want the butter to be light and fluffy before moving on to the next step.

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Vegan cake icing begins with creaming together vegan butter and powdered sugar.

Step Two: Add Powdered Sugar + Vegan Cream

Turn the speed to low and slowly add the powdered sugar until it’s mixed in. It’s important to cream the butter and sugars together!

Add vegan cream one tablespoon at a time until the desired spreadable consistency is reached.

Add vanilla extract and mix one more time to combine. Your homemade vegan cake frosting is done!

This is perfect vegan cupcake frosting! I also love adding a smear of it over my vegan sugar cookies too!

Love Vegan Cake?

Looking for some vegan cake for vegan icing recipes? Top this easy vegan frosting on any of these:

  • Vegan Chunky Monkey cake is usually served with chocolate frosting, but would be amazing with this vanilla non dairy frosting recipe on top
  • Of course, this Vegan Vanilla Cake is just waiting for this vanilla dairy free icing recipe!
  • This Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake could be served with homemade vanilla icing too!
  • You’d love this Vegan Blueberry Cake with some lovely vanilla frosting
  • Speaking of blue, this gorgeous Blue Velvet Cake is just waiting for a thick layer of simple vegan vanilla frosting!
  • Imagine a thick layer of vanilla frosting on a Vegan Coconut Cake! Be sure to sprinkle more shredded coconut on top too! Ooh La La!

This vanilla cake icing recipe is a go-to favorite, but you can also try this Vegan Chocolate Frosting recipe or my Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting too!

Making Vanilla Icing Healthy

If you’re working to reduce sugar in your diet, there’s an option for making a sugar free vanilla frosting. Simply use Swerve Powdered Sugar which is a zero calorie sweetener. It has been shown to have reduced impact on blood sugar and will greatly reduce the carbs in this recipe!

A hand hovers over a cupcake dropping sprinkles on it.
The best vanilla frosting recipe is even better with colorful sprinkles!

Expert Tips for Vegan Vanilla Frosting

Use these expert tips and tricks to make this best vegan frosting perfect every time:

  • This vanilla non dairy icing recipe calls for vegan butter. I used Earth Balance buttery sticks.
  • It helps if you sit the vegan butter out for about 30 minutes to soften first
  • I recommend sifting powdered sugar before you pour it into this simple vanilla frosting recipe so you’re not left with any lumps
  • For vegan cream, I love using vegan creamers. There are several that are nut-based and others that are coconut based
  • Alternatively, you can use a creamy almond milk to make almond milk frosting
  • Coconut oil works great in this easy vanilla frosting recipe, however, if it’s warm and/or humid, you should consider substituting vegetable shortening because it will  hold its shape better than coconut oil, which gets soft and/or can melt in warmer temperatures. However, a coconut oil frosting has great flavor!
  • This is a gluten free dairy free frosting which is good news for folks in your life on special diets
  • Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup vegan cream cheese in the butter mixture to make this into a vegan cream cheese frosting.
Four frosted cupcakes sit next to each other.

I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

A vanilla cupcake is topped with vanilla frosting and colorful sprinkles.

Vegan Vanilla Frosting

This creamy, vegan vanilla frosting is a must to include on a variety of recipes, from cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegan Vanilla Frosting
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 253kcal
Author: Marly


  • 1/2 cup vegan butter , softened
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil , softened (see note)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar , sifted
  • 3 tablespoons plant-based creamer
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Beat the vegan butter and coconut oil with a mixer until creamy. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time.
  • Add the creamer one tablespoon at a time until the desired spreadable consistency is reached.
  • Add vanilla and mix one more time to combine.
  • Store frosting in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. When you’re ready to use it, allow it to come to room temperature and maybe even add another teaspoon or two of plant-based milk until the spreadable consistency returns.


Coconut oil works great in this recipe, however, if it’s warm and/or humid, you should consider substituting vegetable shortening because it will  hold its shape better than coconut oil, which gets soft and/or can melt in warmer temperatures.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Vanilla Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Sodium 61mg3%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 360IU7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

That’s it for this dairy free buttercream icing recipe. Enjoy!

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4 Responses to Easy Vegan Vanilla Frosting Recipe

  1. Hi, this will be the first time doing anything vegan, so I’m pretty much clueless to it. My question. Is, the creamer used in this recipe is coffee creamer? And which shortening is best to use if I’m not using coconut oil?

    • Hi Sheil! This is a great recipe to begin with because it’s pretty straight forward. If you’re not going to use coconut oil, you could substitute it with more vegan butter or you can use whatever vegetable shortening you have available. I usually use Cristco. Regarding the creamer, I like using any non-dairy creamer (yes, like a coffee creamer), such as Silk, or others. I find these either in the health food section of my local grocery store, or even in the section with the other creamers. Just look at the labels – it should say plantbased, vegan, or non-dairy.


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