Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

With just a few ingredients, this silky, fluffy, dairy free and vegan cream cheese frosting can be whipped up and slathered on all your favorite cakes in no time. Try it on this dairy-free & gluten-free carrot cake!

Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting on slices of cake

Great vegan cream cheese frosting starts with great vegan butter and cream cheese. I’m lucky enough to live in the same region as Miyoko’s, where vegan cultured cheeses and butters are made from all natural organic ingredients. They taste like magic.

spreading Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting on cake

Dairy Free Cream Cheese Frosting

While enjoying Miyoko’s dairy-free cream cheese toast for breakfast one morning, I got the idea to try making my favorite type of frosting with Miyoko’s products. For my first trial, I used the same ratios as for my favorite dairy cream cheese frosting: 2 parts cream cheese to 1 part butter. But I found that this version was overly tangy with a slightly chalky texture. I switched to using slightly more butter than cream cheese and found that the frosting had a perfect balance of tanginess, while still tasting like regular cream cheese frosting.

top down shot of Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting on cake

How to Make Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

Just soften the cream cheese and butter to cool room temperature, whip them with a judicious amount of powdered sugar, and add in a bit of vanilla and a squeeze of lemon if you like. The result is fluffy, tangy, cream cheesy frosting bliss that vegans and the dairy intolerant can enjoy.

Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting on colorful cake

Temperature is Everything

This vegan cream cheese frosting tends to be a bit more temperature sensitive than dairy cream cheese frosting, so keep it a bit cooler than you would the regular stuff. Ideally, have the vegan dairy at cool room temperature when you mix the frosting. After mixing you may need to chill the frosting for 5-10 minutes to make it firm enough to spread around. Once you’ve frosted your cake, refrigerate until serving time, cut the cake into slices, and let the slices stand at room temperature until the frosting has softened, 15 – 30 minutes depending on the ambient temperature.

slice of cake with Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

Try this dairy free cream cheese frosting on your favorite cakes. Here are a few that I love:

Try this base recipe with any of the variations on my dairy cream cheese frosting recipe:

  • matcha cream cheese frosting
  • citrus cream cheese frosting
  • chocolate ombré cream cheese frosting
  • beet ombré cream cheese frosting
  • and more!

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Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting on fork with slice of cake

Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting
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Dairy-Free Cream Cheese Frosting

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I’ve developed this recipe with Miyoko’s vegan cream cheese and butter, which are made from whole ingredients and cultured. If you try this with other brands of dairy free cream cheese and butter, you may need to adjust the quantities to your taste.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cups


  • 3/4 cup (170 g) Miyoko’s vegan butter, at cool room temperature
  • ½ cup (113 g) Miyoko’s vegan cream cheese, at cool room temperature
  • 1 cup (100 g) powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla paste
  • squeeze of lemon juice, optional


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the vegan butter and cream cheese. Beat on medium low to combine, then beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla.
  • Increase the mixer speed and beat on medium high until light and fluffy, 1-2 more minutes. Taste, adding a squeeze of lemon juice if you like.
  • If the frosting is too soft, chill briefly to firm, then stir again. The frosting can be made up to several days ahead and refrigerated. Bring to cool room temperature and stir well before using.


Nutritional values are based on one of two cups.


Calories: 971kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 81g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Sodium: 740mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting on cake

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6 thoughts on “Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting”

    1. Quick question – if I wanted to make a chocolate version, do you think I could just add cocoa powder? Any suggestion for how much to start with if I want to experiment?

      1. Hi Joanna! Yes I think that would work. You can make the frosting as directed, then sift in and mix to combine the cocoa powder 1 tablespoon at a time until you like the way it tastes. You may want to add more powdered sugar since the cocoa powder’s bitterness will make it taste less sweet. I usually use dutch-process cocoa but that or regular cocoa should work. Please let me know what you try!