This dairy-free buttercream frosting is just like traditional buttercream, but with a couple simple swaps.
The “butter” is the key to flavor, so be sure to pick one you really like. We prefer to use buttery sticks in this recipe rather than buttery spread, as it tends to be firmer. The buttery sticks are usually sold next to the buttery spreads, and are made by a few companies. Or, you can use the Bakeable Butter Recipe in my cookbook, Go Dairy Free.
For more of a decorator’s frosting, swap 1/2 cup of shortening (like sustainable palm shortening) for 1/2 cup of the buttery sticks.
Special Diet Notes: Dairy-Free Buttercream Frosting
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Just be sure to pick the dairy-free butter and milk beverage that work for your dietary needs.
- 3½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup dairy-free buttery sticks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or pure vanilla flavoring
- 1 to 4 tablespoons unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage
- Sift the powdered sugar into a large bowl. Add the buttery sticks, 1 tablespoon milk beverage, and vanilla. Beat with a hand mixer until smooth, adding more milk beverage as needed to get a frosting consistency.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.