The BEST 4-Ingredient Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting! (a 5-minute recipe!) | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #creamcheese #frosting #recipe

Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

The BEST 4-Ingredient Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting! (a 5-minute recipe!) | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #creamcheese #frosting #recipe

If I had to pick just one frosting to enjoy for the rest of my life, it would probably be vegan cream cheese frosting (followed closely by lemon buttercream). That’s why a couple of years ago I finally set out to perfect my own homemade version. The only hiccup? It was surprisingly tricky.

I kept ending up with more of an icing than a frosting, which is still delicious, but I was going for fluffy and the ability to pile it high. Version #5 finally hit the mark, using a combination of vegan cream cheese and butter instead of all cream cheese. As a result, the frosting has a subtle buttery flavor that’s hard to resist, in addition to holding its shape so you can go equal amounts cake to frosting, if that’s your thing.

The beauty of this cream cheese frosting recipe is that it’s only 4 ingredients and it takes under 5 minutes to whip up. It’s awesome on vegan carrot cake cupcakes (duh), chocolate cake, and of course vanilla cake too. The cupcakes you see in the photos are my easy vegan funfetti cupcakes, minus the sprinkles mixed into the batter. I brought them to our first big neighborhood potluck that Aaron and I attended over the weekend, and based on our neighbors’ feedback, I’d say we made a pretty sweet first impression!

The BEST 4-Ingredient Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting! (a 5-minute recipe!) | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #creamcheese #frosting #recipe

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Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

The BEST 4-Ingredient Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting! (a 5-minute recipe!) | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #creamcheese #frosting #recipe

Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: frosting for 1 large cake or 12 cupcakes


Prep Time: 5 mins

This easy 4-ingredient vegan cream cheese frosting recipe has a subtle buttery flavor that’s hard to resist. This frosting holds its shape really well so you can feel free to pile it high!

The BEST 4-Ingredient Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting! (a 5-minute recipe!) | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #creamcheese #frosting #recipe

Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup vegan cream cheese (pour off any liquid on top before measuring)
  • 1/3 cup vegan butter
  • 2 cups organic powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: frosting for 1 large cake or 12 cupcakes

Prep Time: 5 mins

This easy 4-ingredient vegan cream cheese frosting recipe has a subtle buttery flavor that’s hard to resist. This frosting holds its shape really well so you can feel free to pile it high!

Instructions

  • Add the vegan cream cheese and butter to a large mixing bowl. Use an electric hand or stand mixer to beat the cream cheese and butter until combined, then mix in ½ cup of sifted powdered sugar at a time. Beat until smooth and creamy, then stir in the vanilla.

Notes [5]

I typically use Trader Joe’s Vegan Cream Cheese and Earth Balance Organic Butter. For the cream cheese, I also likeKite Hill (it’s more expensive though).

It’s critical that you make sure to pour off any liquid from the top of your cream cheese before measuring because the extra liquid can make your frosting too thin.

Most vegan butters already contain salt. If the brand you’re using does not, mix in a generous pinch.

If you find that the frosting is too soft after you mix it, pop it in the fridge for 5 minutes to firm up.

I used Let’s Do…Organic Vegan Sprinkelz Confetti for decorating.

Copyright © 2020 Amanda Maguire for Pickles & Honey

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  1. these cupcake looks so pretty. i eat cupcakes mostly for the frosting 😛

    1. Thanks, Dixya! (and I do the same with cupcakes! 😉 )

  2. Beth says

    I want to tell you that i just love cup cakes and the way you made them is amazing. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. This frosting looks so deliciously simple! I bet it would go perfect with a carrot cake cupcake 🙂

    1. Thanks, Sarah! It would definitely be perfect on a carrot cake cupcake. 🙂

  4. These cupcakes are so adorable! Can’t wait to try this

  5. Sara D. says

    Beautiful photos! Your cupcakes are adorable and I can’t wait to try your cream cheese frosting.

  6. Raquel says

    Looks delicious! Do you think I could decorate worth this recipe? Making roses or basket weave style methods? Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Hi Raquel! I do think you could decorate with it. It’s the consistency of buttercream.

  7. Amanda Z says

    I am hoping to put this frosting on a cake that will be served outside in the denver colorado heat…. how well does the frosting hold up in the heat? (cakes will be stored in fridge until service)

    1. I’ve used this frosting on cakes/cupcakes that were left out at room temperature for the better part of an afternoon and it has held up really well. It softens but holds its shape. I would just try to keep it from being in direct sunlight in the Denver heat. 🙂

  8. Hannah says

    Hi, so, I’m making a layer cake and I wanted to ask if I can use it for that? Do you think it will be stable enough so that the layers won’t slide away?

    1. Hi Hannah! Yes, I think it will work well for a layer cake! The consistency is similar to buttercream.

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