There are two kinds of people: those who choose the piece of cake with a frosting flower on top, and those that scrape off the shallow layer of frosting on their slice. – While some people may assume that going vegan means giving up this creamy treat, it most certainly does not. There are so many different dairy-free frosting recipes that are just as thick and delicious as their animal-product counterparts. The process is also so easy! Of course, you can spend some time whipping vegan butter with powdered sugar and adding a berry compote, but you can also just mix peanut butter, dairy-free cream cheese, and some sweetener. Dairy-free frosting recipes are in abundance––you just need to find what works for you. Use these vegan frostings for cookies, cakes, brownies, or whatever sweet treat is in need of some added deliciousness. Or just eat them with your spoon. Sometimes that’s all you need after a long day.
To help you get started on your search for your favorite vegan frosting, here are 15 dairy-free frosting recipes from our Food Monster App!
1. The Best Vegan Buttercream Recipe
The Best Vegan Buttercream Recipe by Gretchen Price is both animal and allergen friendly! This recipe is truly for the best buttercream frosting. This recipes makes enough frosting to make layers in your cake, so feel free to enjoy!
2. Chocolate Almond Cookies With Fudgy Frosting
Have you ever wondered what to do with your leftover almond pulp? Try these Chocolate Almond Cookies With Fudgy Frosting by Emily von Euw! Topped with a fudgy frosting, these chocolate almond cookies are soft, sweet, and so delicious! They’re also the perfect soy, dairy, and gluten-free vegan dessert! Everyone knows that chocolate and almonds are a match made in heaven. So, maybe this will be your new favorite vegan cookie recipe! Make sure to save some of your homemade almond milk for dunking!
3. Raw Carrot Cake With Cashew Lemon Frosting
Three words: vegan carrot cake. Is your mouth watering yet? This seems to be one of those recipes that everybody can enjoy, no matter what their diet preferences are. The cashew lemon frosting adds the perfect amount of tang goodness to the sweetness of the vegan carrot cake base. Top with nuts or seeds for a nice crunch! It is super easy to make; you will just need a food processor and a pan! Serve this cute little treat at a party to impress your guests. This Raw Carrot Cake With Cashew Lemon Frosting by Emily von Euw is spectacular!
4. Natural Pink Party Frosting
Source: Natural Pink Party Frosting
Eating colorful frosted cupcakes or other treats doesn’t require artificial food coloring! Try out this Natural Pink Party Frosting by Jackie Newgent and see for yourself! The flavor is a hint fruity, which actually makes it quite versatile. Its pink hue comes naturally by way of pomegranate juice reduction.
5. Chocolate Zucchini Brownies With Sweet Potato Frosting
These Chocolate Zucchini Brownies With Sweet Potato Frosting by Kirsten Kaminski is going to become your favorite way to sneak in some greens, veggies and extra protein – apart from smoothies! These veggies have such a subtle and sweet taste, that you won’t notice them at all in these treats!
6. Pumpkin Spice Latte Crêpe Cake With Coffee Frosting
This Pumpkin Spice Latte Crêpe Cake With Coffee Frosting by Taylor Kiser has all the flavors of a pumpkin spice latte with a touch of creamy coconut! It’s an impressive, gluten-free dessert that’s perfect for the holidays! You’ll fall crazy-in-love with a stack of tender, soft, spicy crêpes layered with swirls of coconut cream and rich, thick healthy pumpkin pie filling, plus a creamy coconut coffee frosting. While crêpe cakes tend to be an undertaking, this decadent dessert is shockingly easy to make.
7. Red Velvet Beet Brownies With Aquafaba Vanilla Cashew Cream Frosting
Beets have many uses, but maybe you’ve never thought to put them in your brownies. Here’s your chance. These Red Velvet Beet Brownies With Aquafaba Vanilla Cashew Cream Frosting by Taryn Fitz-Gerald are decadently healthy treats that have both dense and light textures. They’re not only insanely delicious but also have amazing nutritional benefits. They’re also refined-sugar free!
8. Blueberry Lemon Swirl Frosting
Source: Blueberry Lemon Swirl Frosting
Frosting made from whole foods? Yes. It’s a thing. Get the fluff, with none of the guff with this delicious frosting; a more than worthy substitute for one packed with icing sugar, synthetic butter alternatives and artificial food coloring. So pretty. So delicious. And all with less than a teaspoon of added natural sweetener per serving. You have to try this Blueberry Lemon Swirl Frosting by Naturally Sweet Vegan Treats, Marisa Alvarsson!
9. Brownie Baked Oatmeal With Mint Avocado Frosting
10. Chocolate Chai Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
Chocolate and peanut butter will forever be a classic combination, and these cupcakes bring that relationship to life! Gorgeous to look at it and even better to taste, give these Chocolate Chai Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting by Jessica Bose a try and enjoy responsibly.
12. Vanilla Cupcakes With Vanilla Cream Frosting
Ohhh, the frosting… Truth be told, these vegan vanilla cupcakes are just a vehicle for the vegan vanilla frosting! Whipped coconut milk with vanilla and a hint of sweetness. You might *accidentally* forget about making the cupcakes all together and just pipe the frosting onto a spoon! The best part about these beauties is that no white flour or white sugar was used! Whole wheat pastry flour, apple sauce and maple syrup instead! These vegan vanilla cupcakes are a healthy sweet treat for any occasion! They would even make a great kid’s birthday treat, especially for those with food allergies! If you don’t have whole wheat pastry flour, you can use half white flour and half whole wheat flour instead. Enjoy these Vanilla Cupcakes With Vanilla Cream Frosting by Crissy Cavanaugh––they’re absolutely delicious!
13. Brown Butter Cardamom Cake With Chai Buttercream Frosting
This dense, chai-spiced cake has rich frosting that’s irresistible. It’s the little details that matter — by browning the butter prior to using it for the cake, you create a subtly unique taste. This Brown Butter Cardamom Cake With Chai Buttercream Frosting by Sarah Gory the perfect winter dessert served with fresh fruit and a hot cup of coffee.
14. Homemade ‘Nutella’ Buttercream Frosting
Whether you’re slathering this over a simple chocolate cupcake or merely eating it out of the bowl (hey, to each their own!), one thing is for sure. You’ll never miss store-bought frosting after trying this Homemade ‘Nutella’ Buttercream Frosting by Aileen Metcalf!
15. Vanilla Cupcakes With Blackberry Cream Cheese Frosting
Looking for the perfect summery vegan dessert for parties? Rich blackberry cream cheese frosting is piled high on these dense vanilla vegan cupcakes. The pink color of the frosting comes naturally from the blackberries — no food coloring necessary. These cute little Vanilla Cupcakes With Blackberry Cream Cheese Frosting by Sofia Von Porat are the perfect summer dessert and great for weddings! Blackberries are in season from June till August, which means they’re a great addition to classic sweets when you’re looking to freshen them up for summer!
If you loved these dairy-free frosting recipes, make sure to check out 5 Ways to Make Rich, Decadent Dairy-Free Frosting, 10 Eggless Sponge Cakes For A Beautiful Dessert!, and 15 Vegan Cakes That Are Almost Too Pretty to Eat!
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