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Easy, Delicious Buttercream Non-Dairy Frosting

Updated: Sep 10, 2023

A cupcake with vanilla icing

Great for cookies, cakes and any sweet treat that calls for icing or frosting! We love this recipe for decorating holiday cutout sugar cookies. This non-dairy frosting recipe includes directions for making vanilla, chocolate, orange, and lemon-flavored frosting. Enjoy!

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Non-Dairy Frosting



1/3 cup cocoa powder

2 cups confectioners' sugar

4 tablespoons water

With electric mixer, beat dairy-free buttery spread on high until fluffy. Beat in cocoa powder and vanilla on low. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar, alternating with water, until desired thickness is achieved. If a thinner frosting is desired, increase water. If a thicker one is desired, decrease water.

A woman putting icing on a cake


Omit cocoa powder, increase confectioners' sugar to 2 1/2 cups.


Omit cocoa powder, replace vanilla with orange extract. Increase confectioners' sugar to 2 1/2 cups. Add 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel. Substitute orange juice for the water.


Omit cocoa powder and vanilla. Increase sugar to 2 1/2 cups. Add 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel. Substitute 1 tablespoon lemon juice for 1 tablespoon of the water.

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