Quick, Buttercream (Vegan) Icing from Longmeadow Farm

"This is my *go to* icing recipe. Whether vegan or not, use this creamy icing for all sorts of baked goodies. Muffins, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls or bread, banana bread, carrot cake, or just plain cake."
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  • In mixer, cream together sugar, butter, soy milk, and vanilla.
  • Beat until completely creamy and spreadable.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon more milk, if *drizzling* is desired, instead of spreading.

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  1. magpie diner
    Absolutely a great basic icing recipe. I was short on the butter, (by half I think), and it still worked out really well. I used it to ice a batch of cupcakes (was ableto ice about 9 cupcakes really well). Thanks Andi!
  2. Nana R.
    It was good. Wow. It was so easy to make frosting. And it taste good too. Thank you, really needed this for my brownies.
  3. Marina K
    This was a quick recipe to put together, and was convincing for both our vegan and non-vegan guests. I found that 2 tbsp of soy milk was too much - 1 tbsp was plenty for us. I wasn't in love with the grainy texture, but perhaps that's how it turns out with Earth Balance. Thanks for sharing this one!
  4. BB2011
    I made this in a cherry flavor for my dad's birthday cake. It wasn't as "buttercreamy" as I expected from the name, but it was alright. It gets 4 stars because it stayed where it was spread (mostly) and didn't drip all over the place.
  5. Jubes
    Easy and quick to put together. This is a lovely buttercream icing.......who would guess it is a vegan version? I used Nuttelex vegan margarine as the earth balance brand is not available where I live. Thanks Andi- another yummy recipe :)


  1. Dawn K.
    I doubled the recipe using non hydrogenated shortening rather than Earth Balance. After mixing all the ingredients well, I then added about 1/4 cup of Earth Balance. It was delicious without any graininess.



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