Buttercream Chocolate Frosting

Buttercream Chocolate Frosting

When I became vegan, I thought I’d have to say goodbye to birthday cakes and cakes with frosting in general. But I soon found out that nothing could be further from the truth! This was the first frosting I made after I became vegan, and let me tell you, this tastes every bit like the nutritionally deficient non-vegan frosting we’ve all come to know and love. By no means is any frosting a healthy choice, and it really should be avoided at all costs.

That being said, you can say that this one is marginally better than the traditional frosting because it has absolutely no cholesterol and is relatively much lower in total fat (more polyunsaturated fat and less saturated fat). Also, I use raw cacao powder instead of cocoa powder to increase the nutrient density. I’ll delve into the difference between those two in another post, but for now, let’s just say that all those studies we hear about that extol the health benefits of “chocolate” are, in fact, referring to raw cacao. 

Raw cacao powder
Raw cacao powder


1 cup non-dairy butter
2 cups powdered cane sugar (preferred) or coconut sugar
3 tbsp raw cacao powder (optional)
2 tsp vanilla extract or vegan butter vanilla baking emulsion
2 tsp soy creamer

1. In a large bowl, whip vegan butter with an electric blender or a stand mixer until it’s smooth and creamy. In the past, I’ve used Earth Balance Organic Whipped and Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks, and they both taste great. But recently, I’ve been using Miyoko’s Cultured Butter more often; I love cashews.


2.  If you are using coconut sugar, grind it to a fine powder using a coffee grinder. If you’re going for the traditional taste, stick to powdered cane sugar.

Powdered coconut sugar
Powdered coconut sugar

3. Add powdered sugar, raw cacao powder, vanilla, and soy creamer to the whipped vegan butter. Omit if you just want vanilla frosting. I also prefer the butter vanilla baking emulsion over the extract; it make it more buttery.



4. Blend on high for about 3 mins until the frosting is fluffy. Add more creamer if the frosting is too dry.


5. You can use it right away or store it in an airtight container for future use.

Add extra cacao powder to a portion of the frosting to write on the cake.
Add extra cacao powder to a portion of the frosting to write on the cake.
Here is an excellent chocolate cake recipe to go with the frosting.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *