Simple Vegan Icing Recipe -
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Simple Vegan Icing

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"This nice icing keeps its shape. It's great for piping on cut-out cookies, yet stiff enough for making flowers. It may be too sugary to mound up on cupcakes, unless of course you have a strong sweet tooth! I like using pure bourbon vanilla extract in this."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
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    10 mins

    10 mins


  1. Beat the shortening and confectioners' sugar together until the shortening has been incorporated, and the mixture is clumpy. Pour in the soy milk and vanilla extract; beat until smooth.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 23, 2012

I doubled this recipe, used 6.5 cups of powdered sugar, subbed almond milk for the soy & added 1/2 tsp imitation butter flavoring- REALLY GOOD! Used it on cupcakes for my kids birthday & no one knew it was vegan. I'll definitely use it again!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 18, 2009

It was too thick,too sugary,and wasn't very creamy. I choose this recipe because I am lactose intolerant,but after tasting this,I think I'll take the chance with regular icing.

Dec 21, 2009

Just bad. I ended up throwing a majority of it away then adding flour and soy milk to it. Really the confectioners sugar is too too much, it only needs about 1/4 of what the recipe calls for.

Jun 21, 2011

oh my god! so gross, i refuse to rate it!

Jun 13, 2012

Easy to mix, but not too tasty! Both of my children would not eat this, even on top of a chocolate cupcake. The consistency was too whipped-I couldn't top my cupcakes, it kept running-I even added more sugar and tried to tweak it, but to no avail. I globbed it on the cupcake, but still did not like it! I will keep looking...

Feb 14, 2012

When I changed 12 to 4 servings, it was good and easy to decorate with and on the thicker side of creamy which was helpful when decorating, but it was sugary. Then when I did the full 12 servings like the original recipe called for the frosting was gooey and kept separating no matter how much more sugar I put in it. I thought that was weird. But I loved it the first time i did it.

Oct 21, 2013

Can I substitute the soy milk with water?

Jan 19, 2013

This is a very good recipe...if you are going to do a gingerbread house that is not going to be eaten. i agree with everyone, there is just to much powdered sugar. I use this sometimes, but not on cupcakes, defiantly not.


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  • Calories
  • 242 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 42 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 8.7 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 4 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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