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Vanilla Frosting without Butter

This dairy free vanilla frosting is made without butter and is perfect for dairy free cakes and dairy free cupcakes.

vanilla whipped cream frosting

A pastry chef friend of mine turned me on to whipped cream frostings. What I love most about them is how easy they are to make.

I use it all the time for my dairy free chocolate cake and dairy free chocolate cupcakes.

As they say, variety is the spice of life, so I alternate between this vanilla frosting and dairy free chocolate frosting.

What I really like about using whipped cream frosting is how light and delicious it is.

I actually didn’t realize this was actually the same filling and frosting I had on many cakes and cupcakes from bakeries until I started making and using it myself.


One time when I tried to make whipped cream frosting I forgot to whip the frosting first threw all the ingredients together and tried to whip them.

The result was… let’s just say it was less than ideal.

I ended up sticking it in the freezer and eating it like ice cream instead.

How to Freeze

Whipped cream freezes and thaws surprisingly well, and since this frosting is whipped cream based, so does this frosting.

Tube out or drop mounds of it onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze overnight.

The next day, peel off the frozen whipped cream clouds and transfer them to a freezer bag or container for longer storage.

This is a great way to store leftover frosting to reuse later.

If you pipe it before freezing it, then you won’t even have to repipe it later if you want to use the leftovers in a pretty way.

Yield: Frosting for 1 layer cake or a dozen cup cakes

Vanilla Frosting without Butter

vanilla whipped cream frosting

This dairy free vanilla frosting is made without butter and is perfect for dairy free cakes and dairy free cupcakes.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 cups dairy free whipping cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla pudding
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Beat whipped cream until stiff.
  2. Add powdered sugar and pudding. Whisk until well incorporated.
  3. Add vanilla. Whisk until mixed.


Double for a two layer cake and triple for a three layer cake

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