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Vegan Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

8 min


This buttercream is silky smooth and has the most perfect decadent chocolate flavour. The melted chocolate helps to give it the perfect amount of sweetness and a rich, velvety texture. When the frosting is paired together with a moist cake or some fluffy cupcakes, you'll be in dessert heaven.


(3 Tbsp per serving)


8 min


8 min

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  1. To a large bowl, add the butter and use an electric hand mixer to beat the butter until soft and fluffy.
  2. Then add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, milk, and vanilla. Mix at a low speed and gradually increase until everything is well combined.
  3. Add the melted chocolate and mix again. The frosting is now ready to use on cakes and cupcakes!


  • The original amount of this chocolate buttercream frosts a 2 layered 8-inch cake, or about 24 cupcakes.


  • The frosting can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. When using the frosting again, make sure to bring it to room temperature again to soften and mix it through before using.

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Brandon - Oct. 6, 2023, 4:29 a.m.

Hi!! I was wondering what type of vegan chocolate you use for melting:)

PUL Team - Oct. 6, 2023, 7:30 a.m.

Hey Brandon, any brand will do for this one! We used the house brand dark chocolate at our local grocery store here in the Netherlands, the ingredients are as follows: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, emulsifier (soy lecithin), natural vanilla flavor. I used to live in Canada where the brands Zimt, Camino, and Theo were three popular brands of chocolate in case it helps too 🤗

Yum yum - June 16, 2023, 4:29 p.m.

So good, you can't tell it's not made with dairy.

I made it in Denmark, so I used Naturli brand butter block

Suzanne - Nov. 11, 2022, 8:44 a.m.

Added this to cupcakes and everyone loved it!

Laetitia - Sept. 21, 2022, 9:25 p.m.

The buttercream is indeed delicious, however it’s been very difficult for me to obtain a thick consistency (even with adding more sugar). When you say ‘vegan butter’ is it the equivalent of margarine? Could you explain more specifically, please?

Thanks a lot for all your wonderful content.

PUL Team - Sept. 21, 2022, 11:40 p.m.

Hi there, Laetitia, frosting can be tricky sometimes. The vegan butter we use most often is Flora. You could also use hard margarine (that isn't spreadable) if you enjoy the taste of that more, and it might be easier to find unsalted margarine if you can't find unsalted vegan butter.

For the frosting, adding some more powdered sugar should help thicken it up. Overworking the frosting can also heat it up, which can cause it to become runnier. In this case, it may help to let the mixture sit to cool (even in the fridge) for a bit. Do let us know if this helps 🤗

Susan - Sept. 18, 2022, 11:23 p.m.

I used it on my father's 90th birthday cake, and it was delicious! Thanks!

PUL Team - Sept. 19, 2022, 6:17 p.m.

So honored it was part of the special occasion, Susan, what a milestone! Wishing your father the happiest of birthdays 🥳

ala - Dec. 10, 2023, 10:55 p.m.

ooh , so cute ! I hope he lives at leats 20 years more ! :))

Mayuri - March 11, 2022, 2:32 p.m.

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PUL Team - March 12, 2022, 5:08 p.m.

Awe thank YOU for the very kind words and support, Mayuri - it means so much 💚