This is a rich, caramely buttercream frosting, which pairs perfectly with a simple chocolate cake, or frost an apple cake for a sweet Autumn treat. This icing can also be made with standard ingredients such as milk and butter. It makes enough to frost one two-inch layer cake, or 24 cupcakes.

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir the margarine and brown sugar together in a pan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, and cook for 1 minute until dark brown. Remove from heat, and whisk in the soy milk and vanilla extract until smooth.

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  • Beat the shortening together with 2 cups confectioners' sugar in a mixing bowl until well blended. Continue beating, and gradually add the brown sugar mixture, alternating with the remaining confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts

289.9 calories; 0.2 g protein; 46.6 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 70.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
05/24/2010
Quite unexpectedly good for a vegan recipe. I made this to top some vegan chocolate cupcakes for some friends of mine that don't consume animal products. My only critique would be that it seemed a little oily/greasy so perhaps cutting the margarine content to less than 1/2 cup would yield a better consistency. Taste is excellent however the texture is the only problem I am having. Also I am refrigerating the frosting to see if it yields a less greasy result after cooling completely. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/28/2010
tastse good But this is an icing! not frosting! Read More
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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
05/24/2010
Quite unexpectedly good for a vegan recipe. I made this to top some vegan chocolate cupcakes for some friends of mine that don't consume animal products. My only critique would be that it seemed a little oily/greasy so perhaps cutting the margarine content to less than 1/2 cup would yield a better consistency. Taste is excellent however the texture is the only problem I am having. Also I am refrigerating the frosting to see if it yields a less greasy result after cooling completely. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/24/2010
Quite unexpectedly good for a vegan recipe. I made this to top some vegan chocolate cupcakes for some friends of mine that don't consume animal products. My only critique would be that it seemed a little oily/greasy so perhaps cutting the margarine content to less than 1/2 cup would yield a better consistency. Taste is excellent however the texture is the only problem I am having. Also I am refrigerating the frosting to see if it yields a less greasy result after cooling completely. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2012
BEST FROSTING RECIPE!! I didn't add the shortening and I added melted chocolate chips and it turned out amazing. best vegan frosting i've ever had!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/29/2010
I made this to go along with a vegan chocolate cake for a vegan coworker's birthday. I had a little trouble following the first part of the recipe and the consistency was a little off at first but I added a small amount more soy milk and it was slightly better. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/28/2010
tastse good But this is an icing! not frosting! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2010
This is amazing!!! Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2013
If I could swear on here about how good this was I would. My partner really assumed it would be no good because it was vegan--then she tried it. Now we're engaged! Actually it wasn't because of this recipe but it is really good and we look forward to serving it to guests. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2013
so good i ate it plain after i was done Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/16/2013
I needed a frosting and as luck would have it found one in need of a face. Only 4 stars I used Real butter! The flavor was YUMMY!! The texture was a bit wonky so I added a little more milk and that smoothed it right out! I used this to top Pumpkin Ginger cupcakes but made a sheet cake instead. Thank you LenoreR. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2015
Amazing frosting. Goes great with the Vegan Cupcakes recipe on all recipes. Look it up. Read More