Vegan Buttercream Icing

Vegan buttercream icing (dairy-free) is silky, smooth, fluffy and oh so tasty! The perfect icing for any

  • cake – pipes really well
  • cookies
  • cupcakes or
  • anything else you’d like to dress up with vegan (containing no animal products) icing!

Vegan Buttercream Icing swirl

Only Three…Or Four Ingredients!

On the plus side, it’s only three (if you use all vegan butter) or four ingredients (if you use half butter and half shortening)!

  • Vegan butter or shortening or both
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract

It’s crazy easy to make as well! Just let the mixer do all the work for you!

Vegan Buttercream Icing Ingredients

Vegan & Alternative Butters

Although the name has “butter” in it, this recipe, in fact, has none in it! It uses alternative butter or shortening. I suggest using butters with a higher fat content. Most of the ones I’ve seen are high in water content. They do, however, work in a pinch. I personally don’t care for them because at room temperature they are a bit too soft, but nothing a little more powdered sugar can’t solve. The sweeter, the better! Or simply use half butter, half shortening. 

All the vegan butters taste different to me as well. Chose your favorite! Mine is Earth Balance (not sponsored in any way, just the one I prefer). It has a great flavor and it’s not bland and overly greasy like shortening (I won’t judge though, this is my sister’s favorite way of making it – all shortening). Plus it works great as a crusting icing. However, it is a bit on the salty side. Try and find unsalted if you possibly can. I’d suggest using half vegan butter and half shortening. Then all of your problems are solved…not too salty, not too soft and not too greasy! The make of a perfect vegan buttercream icing! Stable and tasty!

Let’s Make Some Vegan Buttercream

To make this delicious icing simply cream the vegan butter and shortening until light and fluffy.

Creaming butter
Add the powdered sugar and completely incorporate into the butter and shortening.

Butter and powdered sugar

Add the vanilla and you’re ready to enjoy!

Vegan Buttercream icing

Tips & Tricks

  • If you find your buttercream to be too stiff, you may add an alternative milk, such as almond or soy to loosen it up a bit. Water also works in a pinch.
  • If your buttercream is too soft or thin, add more powdered sugar until it’s thicker. Just a small amount at a time.
  • Make sure your shortening and plant-based butters are at room temperature before whipping.
  • Make sure to scrape, scrape and scrape your bowl to make sure everything combines perfectly smooth.

Vegan Buttercream Icing Recipe

Vegan Buttercream Icing

Fluffy, smooth, sweet and tasty, this icing is perfect for any confection.

Course Dessert
Keyword buttercream, icing, vegan
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 Cup Vegan Butter
  • 1 Cup Shortening
  • 7 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract


  1. In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, cream the vegan butter and shortening until it’s light and fluffy on medium-high speed.

  2. Add the powdered sugar and combine completely. Mix for another 3-5 minutes on medium speed.

  3. Add the vanilla.

  4. Enjoy on your favorite sweet treats.

Keep it Sweet!

Dairy-Free Buttercream Icing. Perfect for any cake, cookie, cupcakes or anything else sweet!

Vegan Buttercream Icing perfect for any vegan confection.




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