Z's Yummy Vegan Chocolate Frosting

I came up with this recipe when making a gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, egg-free, and dairy-free cake for a birthday party.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
12 servings


  • ¾ cup cocoa powder (such as Callebaut®)

  • 6 tablespoons coconut milk powder

  • teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup full-fat coconut milk

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 ½ cups vegan butter, in stick form

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 4 cups sifted powdered sugar


  1. Combine cocoa powder, coconut milk powder, and salt in a bowl. Stir well with a whisk.

  2. Combine coconut milk and water in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in a microwave until steaming, 1 to 3 minutes. Add to cocoa powder mixture and stir until all dry ingredients are incorporated.

  3. Beat vegan butter in a large bowl until fluffy. Add vanilla extract and mix well. Add 1/3 the cocoa mixture at a time, whipping on medium speed after each addition.

  4. Add powdered sugar to the vegan butter mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, whipping on medium speed. Beat frosting until fluffy and spreadable.

Cook's Notes:

If no vegan butter alternatives are available you can use non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening. Vegan 'butter' should be the stick form and not the whipped, spreadable tub type.

More powdered sugar can be added to achieve desired consistency. If frosting is refrigerated, it will harden and should be brought to room temperature before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

493 Calories
34g Fat
48g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 493
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 43%
Saturated Fat 15g 77%
Sodium 267mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 41g
Protein 3g
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 94mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.