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Vegan Buttercream Frosting


What to top a vegan cake with but vegan buttercream frosting?! Vegan cake, you say? Never fear- we’ll get to that later! This basic buttercream recipe can easily be flavored with any choice of flavorings. On the other hand, you could make chocolate buttercream by adding several tablespoons of cocoa powder. For simplicity’s sake, I’ve included instructions for creating a subtle vanilla buttercream. 

You Will Need: 

  • 1 cup soy free shortening* 
  • 3+ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup plain coconut milk


  1. Whip the shortening in a bowl until creamy, then add sugar a little at a time, beating until fluffy. 
  2. Add extract and coconut milk, beating for another 5-7 minutes until fluffy


*NOTE- In a pinch that will completely ruin your diet, lard works too. I have used lard when soy-free shortening such as palm shortening was unavailable or out of budget. In this case, add a little more powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons of imitation butter flavor to enhance the flavor. 

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