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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.

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Vegan Chocolate Frosting

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!

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

Vegan Chocolate Frosting

5 from 1 rating
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.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Vegan Butter Cold
  • 1/2 cup Shortening Preferably red palm
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons Unsweetened Coconut Milk Or more for a thinner frosting

Instructions

  • Add the vegan butter and shortening to a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until combined. Scrape down the bowl as necessary.
  • Add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder and mix on low speed.
  • Add the vanilla extract and coconut milk and continue to mix on low speed until the sugar is incorporated into the butter/sugar mixture.
  • Scrape down the bowl and then turn the mixer to medium speed and beat for about 30 seconds to 1 minute until the frosting is fluffy. (Add additional milk if you want a thinner consistency.)
  • Frost cake/cupcakes immediately. Frosting can be refrigerated and brought to room temperature until ready to use.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 360IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

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Nutrition Facts are estimated and aren’t always accurate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist if you have special dietary needs.

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  1. Christina says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for this. My daughters friend is allergic to cows milk so finding this within your best ever, the only cupcakes I ever make! Recipe was amazing!
    Not one crumb of cupcake found after handing these out tonight. And I gobbled one up myself… testing it of course. Very tasty, and every kid got to eat the same thing and feel included. Thank you.

  2. Karen says:

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

    • Sharon says:

      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.

  3. Emily says:

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

    Thanks, Emily

    • Sharon says:

      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.

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

  5. This frosting is a vegans dream come true!

  6. This chocolate frosting looks perfect! I would have never guessed that it is vegan from looking at it! 🙂

  7. Krista says:

    Give me a napkin so I can wipe off my computer screen! These look so good!

  8. You make me want to lick that frosting right off my computer!

  9. That frosting looks super creamy and delicious!

  10. Annie says:

    This looks so perfectly fluffy!! I would never guess it is vegan!

  11. I finally found vegan butter so I am excited to try this!! Perfect for those cakes that just need to be dairy-free 🙂

  12. Perfect decadent and delish! You would never tell!