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Easy Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting Mattie

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Easy Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

This Easy Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting recipe is easy to make and perfect on chocolate cake or carrot cake. Enhancing this vegan frosting with a touch of vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice brings out just the right cream cheese flavors without having to resort to highly processed cream cheese alternatives.

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Easy Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

1 cup powdered sugar
½ cup (108 grams) Vegan Shortening or store bought shortening (1 stick), cold
2 Tablespoons non-dairy milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon salt

Place all ingredients in a food processor and process for about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and process for another minute. The mixture should be smooth and creamy. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 6 months. This recipe makes about 2 cups Easy Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting, or enough for about one layer of an 8 inch diameter cake.  


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I love the taste...the kids love it to. But because the climate hee is hot, it wont hold no more than 10 minutes after I apply on vegan red velvet. Maybe next time I'll use butter-cocoa butter base. Thank you.
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3.0
cenique-jegeg Reviewed by cenique-jegeg September 23, 2014
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Maybe will use butter

I love the taste...the kids love it to. But because the climate hee is hot, it wont hold no more than 10 minutes after I apply on vegan red velvet. Maybe next time I'll use butter-cocoa butter base. Thank you.

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Veganbaking never lets me down. This frosting tastes just like cream cheese frosting should taste! I did use coconut oil rather than shortening. I made the frosting for carrot cupcakes. Unfortunately I did not use Mattie's recipe for carrot cake and I'm frosting something more like carrot muffins, but who cares with this frosting! Amazing!
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5.0
culpritsmom Reviewed by culpritsmom April 20, 2014
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Oh! Wow!

Veganbaking never lets me down. This frosting tastes just like cream cheese frosting should taste! I did use coconut oil rather than shortening. I made the frosting for carrot cupcakes. Unfortunately I did not use Mattie's recipe for carrot cake and I'm frosting something more like carrot muffins, but who cares with this frosting! Amazing!

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Thanks so much culpritsmom! So glad you like the Cream Cheese Frosting!

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I just made two batches of this to go with a carrot cake. I used coconut oil instead of shortening and cut the apple cider vinegar to half a tsp the first time and it was great (I also added shredded coconut). The second time I still used coconut oil but added the full tsp of apple cider vinegar and it is also good, just a bit more of a kick. Thanks for the recipe!
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4.0
Reviewed by Lia September 22, 2013

Great with coconut oil!

I just made two batches of this to go with a carrot cake. I used coconut oil instead of shortening and cut the apple cider vinegar to half a tsp the first time and it was great (I also added shredded coconut). The second time I still used coconut oil but added the full tsp of apple cider vinegar and it is also good, just a bit more of a kick. Thanks for the recipe!

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So glad this cream cheese frosting worked out for you Lia!

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I was going to use vegan butter in place of the shortening because I figured it'd taste more like cream cheese (with a creamy, buttery taste), but I thought shortening would hold it's creamy texture better, so I followed the recipe and used shortening. The result tasted like sweetened, bland oil. It's nice not having to buy Toffuti (which I think tastes like nothing) or make my own vegan cream cheese, so this is a good idea. Maybe it tastes better with shortening other than Spectrum (which I bought before I knew about palm oil).
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2.0
Reviewed by Marla June 01, 2013

Not a shortening fan

I was going to use vegan butter in place of the shortening because I figured it'd taste more like cream cheese (with a creamy, buttery taste), but I thought shortening would hold it's creamy texture better, so I followed the recipe and used shortening. The result tasted like sweetened, bland oil. It's nice not having to buy Toffuti (which I think tastes like nothing) or make my own vegan cream cheese, so this is a good idea. Maybe it tastes better with shortening other than Spectrum (which I bought before I knew about palm oil).

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Sorry this didn't work out for you with the shortening you had Marla! In the future you could use vegan butter but the result would be more buttery flavor which may or may not be a good thing depending on your flavor preference.

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Delish! I had to beat the family away from just eating it straight out of the bowl or I wouldn't have had any to put on the divine carrot cake. It was sweet and soft and easy to make.
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5.0
lojenn Reviewed by lojenn February 25, 2013
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Simple and Perfect

Delish! I had to beat the family away from just eating it straight out of the bowl or I wouldn't have had any to put on the divine carrot cake. It was sweet and soft and easy to make.

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So glad this worked for you lojenn!

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I loved the texture and consistency but the overall taste of this frosting was overpowered by the vinegar. Is the vinegar required or can it be replaced by something like lemon juice? Btw, I made the vegan shortening for this which came out really nice. Great work!
Reviewed by Robert Cesaric October 15, 2012

I loved the texture and consistency but the overall taste of this frosting was overpowered by the vinegar. Is the vinegar required or can it be replaced by something like lemon juice? Btw, I made the vegan shortening for this which came out really nice. Great work!

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Hi! I've just discovered your amazing site and i have got to say it is incredible!! I've been a food science geek for some time now (got hooked when i start watch harold mcgee's lecture series online). I've tried to put it into baking but but i've never found any good sources that put that knowledge into vegan recipes the way you do! I can't understate how much I'm loving your site!
This recipe looks great as vegan cream cheese costs its weight in gold in new zealand (where i'm currently at), and is weird tasting! I want to make a white chocolate icing and i wonder if i could do it by making the shortening with coco butter and basically adopting this recipe? Do you think that'll work or would that not taste strongly of chocolate enough? Thank you!
Reviewed by Mithuna April 30, 2012

Hi! I've just discovered your amazing site and i have got to say it is incredible!! I've been a food science geek for some time now (got hooked when i start watch harold mcgee's lecture series online). I've tried to put it into baking but but i've never found any good sources that put that knowledge into vegan recipes the way you do! I can't understate how much I'm loving your site!
This recipe looks great as vegan cream cheese costs its weight in gold in new zealand (where i'm currently at), and is weird tasting! I want to make a white chocolate icing and i wonder if i could do it by making the shortening with coco butter and basically adopting this recipe? Do you think that'll work or would that not taste strongly of chocolate enough? Thank you!

Owner's reply

Thanks for the kind words Mithuna! Harold McGee is my primary influence. I strive to write On Food and Vegan Baking;) There's a couple things you could try to make a white chocolate icing:

You could make my version of White Chocolate Frosting here: http://veganbaking.net/frostings-icings-sauces/645-rich-white-chocolate-frosting

Or you could make White Chocolate Vegan Butter and substitute it for the shortening in this recipe. If you choose to go this route, use 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons White Chocolate Vegan Butter and omit the non-dairy milk, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice in this Easy Cream Cheese Frosting recipe. The White Chocolate Vegan Butter recipe is here:
http://veganbaking.net/fats/vegan-butters/783-white-chocolate-vegan-butter

Good luck!

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Hi Can I use a Hand Mixer instead of food processor or a blender? thank you sp much! this would really work on my carrot cake with less calorie!
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4.0
Reviewed by Darlene Anderson August 21, 2011

Can I use other Mixer?

Hi Can I use a Hand Mixer instead of food processor or a blender? thank you sp much! this would really work on my carrot cake with less calorie!

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Hi, Mattie.

This looks great. I often need a cream cheese frosting and have been using Tofutti cream cheese to make it. This looks like it will be cheaper and easier, using ingredients I always have on hand anyway.

I have a question: when you say to process the frosting in a food processor, what attachment are you using? I can't imagine it would work well with a rotary blade. Are you using a whisk attachment or a blunt blade?

Thanks!
Reviewed by Mike July 30, 2011

What attachment to use?

Hi, Mattie.

This looks great. I often need a cream cheese frosting and have been using Tofutti cream cheese to make it. This looks like it will be cheaper and easier, using ingredients I always have on hand anyway.

I have a question: when you say to process the frosting in a food processor, what attachment are you using? I can't imagine it would work well with a rotary blade. Are you using a whisk attachment or a blunt blade?

Thanks!

Owner's reply

Hi Mike, Yes I use the blade attachment with this and most of my other frostings. After it's processed smooth you could mix it with a mixer if you wanted to whip some air into it. Good luck!

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I am looking something to frost your great apple cake recipe and I am wondering what is : "vegetarian vegetable shortening"?

Can it be replaced by something else?
I have really no idea where to find that...
Daniel-san Reviewed by Daniel-san January 18, 2011
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Vegetable shortening?

I am looking something to frost your great apple cake recipe and I am wondering what is : "vegetarian vegetable shortening"?

Can it be replaced by something else?
I have really no idea where to find that...

Owner's reply

Hi Daniel-san, Great question! I just changed "vegetarian vegetable shortening" to "vegetable shortening" to make it a little clearer. Apparently shortening isn't available in the UK and probably Belgium as well. Shortening is a solid fat available in the US that's flavorless and sold in sticks similar to butter or margarine. It's a great way make frostings when you don't want them to taste like margarine. You may want to give a shortening product called Trex a try if you can find it in your area. Good luck and thanks for asking!

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