Dairy Free Frosting

Creamy and delicious dairy free frosting made with just 4 ingredients! This frosting whips up in less than 10 minutes, and pairs perfectly with dairy free cupcakes, cake, cookies, and more.

Prep: 10Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 16 1x


  • 1 cup organic vegetable shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 24 tablespoons dairy free milk (I like coconut milk)


  1. Beat: In a large mixing bowl using the beater attachment, beat the shortening on medium speed for 1-2 minutes until smooth and creamy. Add the vanilla extract and mix until incorporated.
  2. Incorporate: Slowly add 1 cup of powdered sugar and mix on low until there are no more spots of powdered sugar remaining. Scrape sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add remaining cups one at a time and mix. Increase speed to medium and mix until fully incorporated.
  3. Thin: Add the dairy free milk 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is met. Mix on medium for an additional 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy.
  4. Decorate: Use a pipping bag to pipe frosting onto cupcakes, or a cake spatula to frost a cake. Add sprinkles or more decorations if desired!


  1. This recipe will perfectly frost 12-16 cupcakes or will cover an 8″ or 9″ layer cake or a single layer 9 x 13 cake
  2. To get smooth frosting, make sure to mix on low to medium. Mixing on high will incorporate too many air bubbles and give you a gritty texture.
  3. It’s best to use a stand mixer for this recipe, however a hand mixer will also work. Make sure to use the beater attachment to make the frosting nice and smooth.
  4. The powdered sugar spots will fully incorporate after a minute or two. Just be patient!
  5. If the final frosting is too thick, add a little more milk. If you want it to be a little thicker, add a little more powdered sugar, about ¼ cup at a time. 
  6. If your frosting has too many air bubbles, just press out the bubbles for 1-2 minutes with a spatula in the mixing bowl. You can also add the frosting to a shallow storage dish, and press out the bubbles vigorously using a spatula. See tips for creating smooth frosting here
  7. You can use a frosting spatula or piping bag with your favorite piping tip to frost cupcakes.
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