Dairy-Free Frosting Recipes

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    Vegan Dark Chocolate Frosting

    Chocolate And Vanilla Cupcake
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    Perfect for vegan chocolate cakes and cupcakes, this frosting is rich, delicious, and just plain good, not to mention easy to make!

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    Dairy-Free Lemon Buttercream Frosting

    Mixer beating yellow cake icing
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    Sweet and creamy with a little bit of lemony tang, this rich frosting is a lovely, bright addition to dairy-free birthday cakes, cupcakes, and wedding cakes.

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    Gluten-Free Coconut Frosting

    Toasted coconut triple layer cake
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    This dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free frosting takes a little bit of time to prepare, but although it's prepared unlike most frosting recipes that quickly beat together unhealthy ingredients like butter and powdered sugar, it makes a delicious frosting that everyone, vegan or not, will love. Everyone always asks me for this recipe, even if they never liked coconut before!

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    Coffee Frosting

    Coffee and walnut cup cakes on glass plates with mugs of walnut-flavoured milk on lace tablecloth, close-up
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    A little bit of espresso goes a long way in this coffee-flavored frosting. Simple to make and so delicious, this is the perfect topping for dairy-free chocolate cakes and cupcakes like this Vegan Mocha Cake.

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    Royal Icing

    Glass bowl of cinnamon stars and cinnamon sticks
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    Royal icing is a simple icing that is typically used for decorating sugar cookies, gingerbread houses, cakes, and cupcakes. Prepared with just a few ingredients, this icing is perfect for everyday treats as well as special occasions. And, it's totally dairy-free. While some Royal Icing recipes use egg whites, this recipe uses meringue powder, which is a bit easier and neater to work with. To make different colors of Royal Icing, simply replace some of the water or vanilla extract with food coloring of your choice.

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    Vegan Chocolate Frosting

    Old fashioned layer cake with chocolate frosting
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    A simple cocoa powder frosting that's perfect for almost every cake, cupcake, and occasion.

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    Dairy-Free Cream Cheese Frosting

    Girl's hand spreading cream cheese icing on a carrot cake using a palette knife, close-up
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    Perfect for dairy-free carrot cake or Vegan Carrot Cake, dairy-free soy cream cheese is creamed with dairy-free margarine and confectioners' sugar until rich, smooth, and sweet.

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    Dairy-Free White Frosting

    White frosting
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    You can't go wrong with simple, classic white frosting.

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    Peanut Butter Frosting

    Delicious Peanut Butter Cupcakes
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    Natural peanut butter is creamed with dairy-free cream cheese and powdered sugar to rich, smooth perfection.

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    Coconut Frosting

    Cupcakes with roasted coconut
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    Cream of coconut and flaked coconut make this frosting fun, flavorful and rich.

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    Strawberry Frosting

    Close up of cupcake with strawberry
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    This perfectly pink frosting is great for white and chocolate cakes and cupcakes.

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    Low-Fat Vanilla Frosting

    Vanilla cupcake
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    A low-fat, vegan frosting is prepared with powdered sugar, soymilk powdered, soy yogurt, and vanilla.

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    Chocolate Ganache

    Chocolate Cake with Ganache Frosting
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    An easy, rich topping for dairy-free cakes and brownies.

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    Dairy-Free Buttercream Frosting

    Buttercream and wooden in glass mixing bowl
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    A rich, creamy topping for any cake or cupcake.