Dairy-Free Buttercream Frosting: A Vegan and Versatile Recipe

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This dairy-free buttercream frosting is just like traditional buttercream, but with a couple simple swaps. The recipe is from my book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook.

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.

Dairy-Free Buttercream Frosting Recipe - an essential basic that's also vegan and allergy-friendly

Special Diet Notes: Dairy-Free Buttercream Frosting

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, optionally nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

Dairy-Free Buttercream Frosting
 
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This is my personal go-to frosting almost any type of cake, and it's a simple sample recipe from my book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: about 3 cups (more than enough to frost an 8- or 9-inch double-layer cake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dairy-free buttery sticks or spread, softened (see post above)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or pure vanilla flavoring
  • 3½ to 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 to 4 tablespoons plain or unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage, as needed
Instructions
  1. Put the buttery spread or sticks in a large mixing bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and beat just until combined.
  2. Sift in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, and beat on low speed to incorporate it.
  3. Turn the hand mixer up to medium or high speed and whip the frosting for 2 minutes. Beat in the milk beverage as needed to reach your desired consistency.
  4. Store leftover frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Beat the chilled frosting with your hand mixer for 30 seconds to soften before using.
Notes
Decorator’s Buttercream Optional: Substitute ½ cup organic palm shortening (or your shortening of choice) for ½ cup of the buttery spread or sticks.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.