To make your own cake frosting (icing) is really easy to do, without animal ingredients, refined sugar or plastic packaging. You can use these as they are, or colour them with vegan food dyes to match your cake. Naturally coloured frosting (Crowded Kitchen) uses everything from purple acai powder to green matcha to charcoal powder for black cupcakes!
If used, choose vegan butters free from palm oil and coconut cream not harvested by monkey slaves (Biona and Nature’s Charm are good brands). Keep frostings away from pets, due to toxic ingredients like chocolate, coffee, dried fruits, nutmeg, nuts and fresh dough (can expand in the stomach). Also avoid xylitol (just a few dropped crumbs can be lethal).
Naturally Coloured Frosting (Plant-Based Juniors) is a recipe by two nutritionists, so as healthy as it is pretty. Made with freeze-dried fruits (strawberry, raspberries and blueberries).
Vegan Strawberry Frosting (Rainbow Nourishments) is fluffy and creamy. You can make this with fresh strawberries or freeze-dried strawberry powder. Also try Anthea’s which uses egg-free icing (Suma is a good brand).
Vanilla Bean Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting (Addicted to Dates) is ideal to sandwich your cakes and bakes. It uses real vanilla bean that can be whipped up like a mousse to pipe on cupcakes or sheet cakes. You can also adapt the recipe for cinnamon, coffee or chai flavours.
Vegan Matcha Buttercream Frosting (Minimalist Baker) is an ideal recipe for topping cakes and bakes. This 4-ingredient frosting uses vegan butter and organic powdered sugar (Suma is a good brand), vanilla extract and matcha powder (an antioxidant-rich green tea that turns everything green (avoid for pregnancy/nursing). A good brand is Purechimp (donates 5% of profits to rescued apes from zoos, circuses and vivisection labs).
Chocolate Vegan Frosting Recipes
Vegan Chocolate Buttercream Frosting (Pick Up Limes) is silky smooth, and the melted chocolate gives the perfect amount of sweetness and a rich velvet texture. Great for cake or fluffy cupcakes. Keep chocolate away from pets.
Vegan Chocolate Frosting (Addicted to Dates) uses both cocoa and melted dark chocolate for a rich taste and thick consistency. Use this to pipe on your vegan cakes or cupcakes. Also try Christina’s Vegan Chocolate Creamy Buttercream made with aquafaba (the brine water from tinned chickpeas to make a vegan meringue). There’s also a classic recipe without the chocolate or a coffee vegan buttercream.