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What is smoother and creamier than a cream cheese frosting? A homemade vegan cream cheese of course! The best part about this “lactose-free!” alternative is that it can go on any dessert. This cream cheese frosting is made with tangy and sweet flavours that pair perfectly with my two favourite cake flavours: carrot cake and red velvet. This is a vegan cream cheese frosting made from scratch using easily accessible ingredients. It uses a combination of apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and salt to give that unique flavour of cream cheese frosting. This tastes just like the non-vegan classic and is 100 times better than the store-bought version. It only takes a few minutes to whip up a homemade cream cheese frosting, all vegan.This is a great recipe for Christmas and Valentine’s Day treats, or anytime you’re looking to make a carrot cake or red velvet cupcakes. You can easily prepare this a day or two early and keep it in the fridge to use when you’re ready. This is perfect for vegans, people with dairy allergies, or anyone with a sweet tooth!

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I have such a massive sweet tooth! As much as I love cupcakes, I could eat this frosting with a spoon. It’s sweet, tangy, smooth and such an easy consistency to work with and frost a cake, especially for new bakers. You can make things easy on yourself by using my 2-ingredient cake recipe in any flavour combination you like or my Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake and whip up this frosting for a super easy vegan cake recipe!  If you’re hosting vegans, dairy-free guests or just any guest, this frosting is such an easy homemade option, and way more affordable than store-bought vegan cake options. If anyone turns up their nose to vegan cream cheese frosting, you let that go and enjoy an extra slice for yourself. It has a sweet and balanced flavour and is quite mild, yet unique. I like it best with carrot cake or red velvet but use it anyway your heart desires.

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Vegan carrot cake recipe

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Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting
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What is smoother and creamier than a cream cheese frosting? A homemade vegan cream cheese of course! The best part about this "lactose-free!" alternative is that it can go on any dessert.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: approx 3 cups
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and process for about 1 minute.
  2. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and process until smooth and creamy.


Hey I’m Candice aka The Edgy Veg – I veganize popular food recipes for vegans, plant-based diets, eco-conscious eaters & people who are trying to eat more plants over… y’know animals or their by-products. I hope you enjoy this tasty vegan recipe!

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  • I strive for “whole food plant based” recipes but sometimes, you just want a sugar rush that dates, maple syrup and cashews won’t satisfy. I’ve made many varieties of vegan icings, frostings and cream cheese frostings over the years but the addition of the apple cider vinegar and salt were game-changing for that “cream cheese tang”. 😋 I needed a frosting for some vegan cinnamon rolls and this was perfect. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Thank you! Looking forward to trying this. Imagine would be good with sweet pancakes and chocolate too 🙂

    • yess the combinations are endless! Remember to tag me so I can see your beautiful work!

  • Anna Chang says:

    This is perfect for my lactose intolerant cravings! It literally goes with everything.


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