I’ve experimented with lots of different types of vegan frosting recipes, from cream cheese frosting made using coconut whipped cream to chocolate frosting and peanut butter frosting made using sweet potatoes, but for a plain buttercream frosting there’s nothing better than blended cashews, as they become melt-in-your-mouth silky and have the most neutral flavour.
Why you’ll love this Vegan Buttercream Frosting:
- it’s undetectably vegan
- it’s rich and creamy
- it’s melt-in-your-mouth
- it’s velvety
- it has a neutral flavour
- it’s easily spreadable
- it’s super easy to make
- it’s gluten-free
- it’s refined sugar free
- it’s oil-free
- it’s paleo
- it’s easily customisable
- it’s perfect for cakes, cupcakes and cookies!
How to make this Vegan Buttercream Frosting
Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full recipe.
- Place soaked cashew nuts, maple syrup, almond milk and vanilla in a food processor.
Tip: Make sure the cashew nuts are soaked to make them easier to blend. Soak them overnight in cold water or in boiling water for at least 15 minutes.
- Whizz until completely smooth.
Tip: You will have to mix it around a few times to make it easier to blend up.
- Taste and adjust flavour if necessary, adding more maple syrup for sweetness.
- The blending process will make the buttercream warm, so it’s best left to cool before using to frost cakes.
How long does this Vegan Buttercream Frosting keep for?
This Buttercream Frosting keeps well covered in the fridge for up to a few days.
Substitutions you can make to this recipe:
- you can use any type of plant-based milk: almond milk, cashew milk, soy milk, rice milk, oat milk etc
- you can use any type of sweetener: maple syrup, agave syrup, brown rice syrup etc.
Ways you can adapt this Vegan Buttercream Frosting recipe
There are lots of different ingredients you can add to this buttercream frosting to flavour it for different types of cake:
- cocoa powder
- matcha powder
- beetroot powder
- orange extract, orange zest or marmalade
- lemon zest
- lemon juice for a cheesecake flavour
- cocoa butter for a white chocolate flavour
- strawberry, raspberry, cherry or blueberry jam.
Tip: Add any of the above to the food processor with all the other ingredients before blending.
Ways to use this Vegan Buttercream Frosting
Tip: To spread this buttercream over a sponge layer cake or cupcakes, use a palette knife for frosting.
This Vegan Buttercream Frosting can be used for anything from frosting layer cakes…
…and even cookies!
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Vegan Buttercream Frosting
- Drain soaked cashews and add to a food processor along with all the other ingredients
- Whizz until completely smooth – you will have to mix it around a few times to make it easier to blend up
- Taste and adjust flavour if necessary, adding more maple syrup if you wish
- The blending process will make the buttercream warm, so it's best left to cool before using to frost cakes
- Keeps covered in the fridge for a few days
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