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Vegan Fluffy Buttercream Frosting

From the book Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by and


Use this frosting on Golden Vanilla Cupcakes.


½ cup nonhydrogenated shortening
½ cup nonhydrogenated margarine
cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
tsp. vanilla extract
¼ cup plain soy milk or soy creamer


  1. Beat the shortening and margarine together until well-combined and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat for about 3 more minutes. Add the vanilla and soy milk and beat for another 5 to 7 minutes until fluffy.

This content is from the book Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero.

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1. by anonymous on Jan 5, 2011 at 4:21 PM PST

can something else in substition for the shortening? thank you!

2. by Caroline Cummins on Jan 7, 2011 at 11:29 AM PST

Anonymous: You can make this frosting with any non-hydrogenated vegetable margarine or shortening you like. Using all shortening makes for a stiffer frosting; all margarine makes for a thinner frosting.

Culinate contributor Zanne Miller simply uses the Earth Balance brand of vegetable shortening for her quick version of vegan buttercream frosting. Try it and see what you think.

3. by Brandy on Aug 19, 2011 at 12:30 PM PDT

How do you store the cupcakes with the buttercream frosting? Fridge or counter?

4. by Caroline Cummins on Aug 20, 2011 at 12:09 PM PDT

Brandy -- Store the cupcakes on the counter if you’re planning to serve them that day. Otherwise (and especially if it’s a really hot day out) stash them, covered, in the fridge for up to a day.

5. by Katie in KY on Jan 3, 2012 at 6:08 PM PST

This is a fantastic recipe! I have used this four different times now and it has always come out beautifully. You can switch out the vanilla for other flavorings if you desire a different flavor. I’ve done maple flavored and peppermint-vanilla (half and half) versions, and just made a lemon version on my fifth batch. All have tasted delightful and have held up well. This is my go-to recipe for frosting now- LOVE IT!

6. by anonymous on Feb 24, 2012 at 1:57 PM PST

How did you make the lemon icing?

7. by anonymous on Feb 26, 2012 at 8:12 AM PST

Is it imperative that soy milk is used? Could I sub for almond, coconut, or rice milk?

8. by anonymous on Jul 23, 2012 at 1:02 PM PDT

You can sub any kind of “milk.” I use almond.

9. by anonymous on Jul 25, 2012 at 7:59 AM PDT

How many cupcakes does this recipe frost?

10. by Caroline Cummins on Jul 25, 2012 at 10:03 AM PDT

Anonymous: This recipe frosts Golden Vanilla Cupcakes, which doesn’t give a cupcake total. Depending on how you fill the muffin tin, you’ll probably get 12 to 16 cupcakes.

11. by anonymous on Sep 23, 2012 at 3:39 AM PDT

Is this a frosting I can use in a pastry bag for decorating a birthday cake? I have get to find a frosting that does not melt, lose it’s shape...

12. by Multivitamin Easy To Swallow on Oct 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM PDT

Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe! It’s good to use and try to make another flavor that you love. Great post!

13. by anonymous on May 21, 2013 at 10:34 AM PDT
Rating: four

I have used this recipe several times to frost vegan sugar cookies for my son’s 1st grade class and they all love it (so much so that several kids asked me to give the recipe to their moms)! What is the best way to store the frosting - room temp or fridge and for how long will it last? Also, can it be frozen to use at a later date and if so, for how long? Thank you!

14. by Caroline Cummins on May 21, 2013 at 2:40 PM PDT

Anonymous: Yes, you can use this frosting in a pastry bag. If you’re trying to make cake for a hot-weather event, though, this frosting won’t last.

As for storing the frosting, you can probably stash it in the fridge for a few days. You eventually run the risk of it getting weepy or separating. And freezing is probably not the best idea.

15. by anonymous on Sep 21, 2013 at 6:16 PM PDT

Silly question but can i use food coloring without impacting the taste or texture?

16. by Caroline Cummins on Sep 24, 2013 at 1:51 PM PDT

Anonymous: It depends on the food coloring you use. Conventional colorants can have a chemical taste that bothers some people. “Natural” colorants don’t always dye as strongly as chemical colorants; a “red” dye might turn out pink, for example. The texture of the frosting shouldn’t be affected.

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