Velvet Vegan Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

The perfect texture for piping and decorating! This delicious frosting is the icing on the cake! Or, eat it all with a spoon. Why not?

For this recipe, I use a stand mixer. Mixing by hand won’t get that smooth, whipped texture.

Velvet Vegan Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

In a stand mixer, with the paddle attachment, add:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder

Mix on low speed for 1 minute, until the mixture becomes a paste. Then, turn the speed up to medium and allow to mix for 3 minutes. Then, add:

  • 1 cup cold vegetable shortening
  • 1 T butter vanilla flavor (not vanilla extract)
  • Pinch salt

Mix on low speed for one minute, then turn the speed up to medium high (6 on my KitchenAid stand mixer) and allow to whip for 5 minutes longer, pausing every minute to scrape down the sides.

Use immediately, or place in an airtight container in the fridge until ready. Makes approx 3 cups.

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