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 Recipe1 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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Omg, this was perfect!!! I'm making a vegan lemon layer cake and so I followed your instructions exactly, only adding about 2-3 tablespoons of lemon zest. Thank you so much - this totally captured the cream chees-y flavor I wanted without the dairy!!!
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.
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!
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!
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).
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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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!
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!
What attachment to use?
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?
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...