Have you ever made frosting using coconut oil that turned out grainy and, well, wrong? It happened to me, once…

So I have developed this recipe for vegan buttercream frosting that’s fluffy – yet holds it’s shape when piped – so that you never have to make bad frosting again. It’s my favorite vegan frosting for cake and it’s perfect for piping.

How To Make Vegan Frosting

Vegan buttercream frosting

In order for this frosting to turn out right, you need to melt your coconut oil and chill it in the freezer before you start making it into frosting.

This process of liquifying and quickly solidifying the coconut oil helps the final result be smooth and buttery, instead of grainy.

I recommend doing this melting and cooling process every time you make coconut oil-based frosting, even if using a brand new jar. It reincorporates the more solid compounds that have separated in the coconut oil, and it makes a huge difference!

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Vegan buttercream frosting

Vegan Buttercream Frosting

A fluffy white vanilla buttercream-style frosting – veganized with coconut oil.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 12 servings (2 cups)
Calories 131 kcal


  • 1 cup coconut oil *see instructions
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2⅓ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 3-4 tsp agave syrup (maple syrup or corn syrup OK)


  • Melt the coconut oil in the microwave for about 1 minute, then stir it until all the solid bits are dissolved. Place it in the freezer for 25 minutes or until it has solidified.
  • Allow the coconut oil to come to room temperature before proceeding. If it is too cold/hard, breaking it up with a fork and a hand mixer will help it soften.
  • Whip the room-temp coconut oil with a hand mixer until it's creamy. Check for any chunks and crush them up.
  • Cream the vanilla extract with the coconut oil.
  • Mix in the powdered sugar in 3 goes, then add in the syrup and oil and whisk until light and fluffy, about 2 more minutes.


  • If you put the completed frosting in the fridge, it will harden, so it’s best to make it on the same day that you need it. 
  • Use clear imitation vanilla extract to get a more true white frosting. 
Course: Dessert, Vegan Desserts
Cuisine: American, European


Serving: 30g | Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 27g | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Barbara on September 4, 2020

    5 stars
    Love this! My son is GF, DF, & soy free!

  2. Caroline on April 24, 2021

    5 stars
    Had this at my niece’s birthday. It was SOOO GOOD!

  3. Jody Lyn Yano on May 4, 2021

    Delicious! What’s the best way to thin it though? Add more corn syrup or more oil?

    • Shannon Hakala on May 4, 2021

      Hi Jody Lyn,
      I think using more corn syrup would be my choice to make it thinner. Thank you for your comment!

  4. Serena on May 7, 2021

    5 stars
    this is an incredible recipe!! Thank you so much! The freezing trick worked beautifully and was worth the wait, it looked/tasted like velvety smooth regular buttercream. I put it on top of a cookie cake and it held its shape so well when piped! I’m going to come back to this recipe any time I need to make frosting.

    • Shannon Hakala on May 7, 2021

      I am so glad you liked the frosting, Serena! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. 🙂

  5. Candace Stewart on June 8, 2021

    Could you make it the night before and leave it out for the birthday the next day?

    • Shannon Hakala on June 8, 2021

      Yes, it should be fine as long as the room temperature is under 77 degrees or so and kept covered up so it doesn’t dry out. If it’s just frosting I would probably give it extra whipping just before frosting in case it has separated under its own weight. After I have frosting on the cake I leave it on the counter, covered up, for up to 3 days without issues.

  6. Angela on June 11, 2021

    Have you made a chocolate version of this?

  7. Chey on June 19, 2021

    I only have olive oil, would that work?

    • Shannon Hakala on June 23, 2021

      I don’t think olive oil would work for this type of frosting, since it’s not solid at room temperature like coconut oil.


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