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Easy Vegan Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

This Vegan Chocolate Buttercream Frosting recipe is basic but also versatile. Sweet, rich, chocolatey, simple to make and comes together in just minutes.

chocolate buttercream frosting vegan

Buttercream frosting, traditionally, just as it sounds … butter and cream mixed with a ton of powdered sugar. This recipe is no different except that we’re using vegan and plant-based butters and milk and also sugar suitable for most vegans. 

Any vegan butter spread will work for this, but I used Earth Balance. I like it and it’s certified vegan so you don’t have to wonder.

earth balance for vegan buttecream frosting 

Earth Balance holds up pretty well when made into frosting. Any buttercream will get a bit melty in warmer temps so keep it on the cool side until ready to serve. 

chocolate buttercream frosting vegan
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The Best Vegan Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

A simple but rich and delicious chocolate frosting for any cake, cupcake, or other use.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 150 kcal


  • 1 cup Earth Balance original
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3-4 tbsp any mild flavored plant-based milk


  1. In a large mixing bowl and using either regular hand mixer or a stand mixer, cream together the Earth Balance and powdered sugar.

  2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix on medium speed until creamy. Try not to overbeat, the frosting will eventually begin to separate.

  3. Use immediately on completely cooled baked goods or keep covered in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to three days.

Recipe Notes

I use So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk for most recipes because it's smooth and creamy but mostly flavorless. Soy, almond, or any other plant-based milk works here, too.

Nutrition Facts
The Best Vegan Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

That’s it, easy peasy. Use this Vegan Chocolate Buttercream Frosting with:

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XO Lisa

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