Vegan Chocolate Frosting

If you end up adding too much powdered sugar by mistake and realize your frosting will be difficult too spread, simply beat in a little coconut milk (I use 1 tablespoon at a time) to loosen up the texture.

This recipe makes enough for one 9x13 cake. Cut the recipe in half if making cupcakes or another recipe that requires less frosting (unless you're planning to pile the frosting very high!).

Note that the FDA does list coconut as a tree nut, though many people with tree nut allergies are fine with coconut. If you're not sure if the person or people eating your cookies has a tree nut allergy that includes coconut, check with them before making this recipe.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 3 minutes
  • Chilling time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: About 2 cups


  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips (10 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups gluten-free powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Special equipment:


1 Melt the chocolate: Melt the chocolate either in 30 second bursts in the microwave (stirring vigorously between each burst) or over a double boiler until the chocolate is mostly melted with some solid pieces still visible.

Remove from the microwave or the double boiler, and stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool, stirring occasionally.

Vegan Chocolate Frosting - Melt the chocolate

2 Mix in the coconut milk: Using hand mixers or a stand mixer with a whisk attachment on low speed, gradually mix the coconut milk into the chocolate until smooth.

3 Start beating in powdered sugar: Using electric hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat in 1 1/4 cup of the powdered sugar a little at a time, followed by the vanilla. Beat until smooth.

At this point, the texture should be firm but spreadable and slightly soft. Next you’re going to chill your frosting, but you may need your hand mixer at the very end, so simply set it aside now to save yourself on dishes!

Vegan Chocolate Frosting Mixing in the powdered sugar

4 Chill the frosting: Place the bowl of frosting in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

5 Assess the texture: Remove frosting from the refrigerator and give it a quick whiz with the hand beaters. If it still feels too loose or difficult to pipe or spread, add additional powdered sugar 2 tablespoons at a time. No need to chill after adding additional sugar.

Chocolate Frosting allergy-friendly

6 Frost your cake or cupcakes! Once frosted, baked goods can be stored for up to 2 days covered and at room temperature. The frosting on its own will keep for up to 5 days, covered, and at room temperature, or up to 7 days in the refrigerator.

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