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Vegan Chocolate Frosting

Vegan chocolate frosting that’s just as good as any frosting made with butter – if not BETTER! It’s super fudgy and gets rave reviews.

Vegan Chocolate Frosting recipe from What The Fork Food Blog (vegan, dairy free, gluten free) | whattheforkfoodblog.com

Frosting. It’s pretty much an essential part of every kid’s childhood, amiright? When my daughter was diagnosed as lactose intolerant last summer, frosting was one of the first things I started to tackle to make it dairy free. This decadent vegan chocolate frosting was the result!

I have a big family, which means a lot of birthday celebrations – and no kid wants to be left out when it comes to cake. The cake is essentially the 2nd best part of the birthday (PRESENTS!) if it’s yours, but the BEST part when you’re not the one opening all the new gifts.

Vegan Chocolate Frosting recipe from What The Fork Food Blog (vegan, dairy free, gluten free) | whattheforkfoodblog.com

I made a vanilla vegan frosting with my gluten free Funfetti cake, but chocolate is the clear favorite. First of all, more people seem to like chocolate than vanilla anyways. But this chocolate frosting is so good, I could make a dessert of it by itself. Just give me a spoon.

I also seem to make chocolate cake the most for birthdays, everyone’s all like – GIMMIE THE CHOCOLATE. But much nicer, really.

Vegan Chocolate Frosting recipe from What The Fork Food Blog (vegan, dairy free, gluten free) | whattheforkfoodblog.com

I recently made this frosting for a birthday cake I made for my uncle who was visiting. Nobody knew it wasn’t real buttercream until I told them. I love that – being like “surprise, it’s vegan!” or “surprise, it’s gluten free!” and everyone’s all like, “no way!” and I’m all like, “yes way!” because we all talk like Valley Girls. Except we don’t. Ok, maybe sometimes.

Anyways – vegan chocolate frosting.

I used this same chocolate frosting for my mini chocolate layer cakes – the cutest little cakes that I baked in ramekins. You can double this frosting, or cut it in half if you’re not making a lot of cakes or cupcakes. Or go for (at least) the whole batch no matter what you’re making. You won’t regret having extra frosting. Extra frosting is never a bad thing.

This frosting is great with chocolate cake (obviously), vanilla/white cake, yellow cake, sugar cookies, with a spoon, or piped directly into your mouth. For that chocolate on chocolate love, try this frosting on some Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes – it’s perfection! Enjoy!

Vegan Chocolate Frosting recipe from What The Fork Food Blog (vegan, dairy free, gluten free) | whattheforkfoodblog.com

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Jodi Behnke

Tuesday 22nd of January 2019

I’m going try try the cake in a 13x9 pan. Has anyone done that?

Karen

Monday 3rd of September 2018

Instead of the vegan butter can you not sub vegan margarine.

Sharon

Monday 3rd of September 2018

Hi Karen, I haven't tried it with margarine but margarine tends to be pretty soft. I highly recommend using Earth Balance vegan butter in this recipe.

Emily

Saturday 29th of April 2017

Looks delicious! What can I use instead of shortening and canola oil? That's not easy to get where I am.

Thanks, Emily

Sharon

Monday 22nd of May 2017

If you can do dairy, just do real butter. If you can't find shortening, you can use all vegan butter but it will be a much softer frosting and will need to be refrigerated until ready to serve.

Laura @PetiteAllergyTreats

Wednesday 6th of April 2016

Allergy friendly frosting is a must! This looks so simple yet amazing!

Nutmeg Nanny

Wednesday 6th of April 2016

This frosting is a vegans dream come true!

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