Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

If you are missing that classic creamy, slightly tangy flavor of traditional cream cheese frosting, you are in luck! With just a few ingredients and a few minutes, you’ll be ready to top your cake or cupcakes with this delicious vegan cream cheese frosting!

vegan cream cheese frosting recipe

The star ingredient in this frosting is My Plant Deli cashew cream cheese. It has just the right combination of flavors to give that classic cream cheese frosting flavor. Then all you have to do is add some vegan margarine, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Here are some notes about each ingredient choice:

  • vegan margarine - choose a brand that is non hydrogenated (so it has no trans fats) and that you like the flavor of. I use the Nuttelex brand that is pretty easy to get here in Malaysia. It is non GMO and has no soy (my son has soy allergy)
  • powdered sugar - you can use the regular powdered/icing sugar you can find in any store for a nice white frosting. I usually just grind up some organic unrefined sugar with a touch of tapioca starch and use that. That’s what I used in these photos. If you use white sugar your frosting will be more white
  • vanilla - if possible, always use natural vanilla flavor or extract. The artificial ones just don’t have the same flavor and who knows what they are made of. You can find natural vanilla flavor or extract with an alcohol or non-alcohol base. I always use the non alcohol base for My Plant Deli as I know many customers prefer that!


Vegan cream cheese frosting recipe

Recipe: (makes enough to frost a double layer 5 inch cake or single layer 8” or 9” cake)

1/2 cup (125g) cashew cream cheese (half of a pack)

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup vegan margarine 

1/2 teaspoon natural vanilla flavor

  • Beat the ingredients together with an electric mixer until smooth, creamy, and a bit fluffy. Taste to make sure the sugar is dissolved. If you don’t have an electric mixer (I just use a basic hand held one), you can stir it vigorously with a spoon, but it won’t come out as creamy. Add more powdered sugar if you want it sweeter or more stiff.
  • Spread onto a COOLED cake (a warm cake will melt the frosting).
  • use any leftover frosting to pipe designs onto your cake. For more detailed piping, chill the frosting for at least an hour before using it to pipe.
  • Store your frosted cake in the fridge.

If you give this frosting a try, leave a comment and let us know how you liked it! Watch the video to see how it is made and how creamy it is!

After I did some practice piping I had to wipe the cake clean of my piping and let two of my kids do the decorating. Of course that meant first splitting the cake in half with  line, haha! The frosting was getting warm by this time as I had piped with it and then put it back into the piping tool. But it still held its shape well, I was impressed!

Vegan cream cheese recipe



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