Vegan Chocolate Buttercream Icing

A basic chocolate buttercream icing to use for icing cakes and other bakes.

Here is a basic, all-purpose chocolate buttercream icing to use for chocolate cakes, cupcakes, or any other bakes where chocolate icing would be necessary, or desired. I have used it here on my Simple and Rich Vegan Chocolate Cake, as is pictured above.

If you prefer a softer icing to drizzle, here is my recipe for a delicious chocolate glaze – great for single layer cakes, or a tray bake cake as in my Wacky Chocolate Cake recipe.

If neither of those are your thing, here is my vegan chocolate ganache recipe, which can be used either in a runnier consistency for pouring, or thickened and whipped to spread. A video tutorial is on my YouTube channel for my Wacky Cake recipe.

Vegan Chocolate Buttercream Icing

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Recipe by Catherine Stevenson Course: DessertDifficulty: Easy
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Use this chocolate buttercream icing to ice my Simple Vegan Chocolate Cake, or my Chocolate Wacky Cake.


  • 115g Flora vegan or other vegan butter

  • 230g icing sugar, sifted

  • 6 Tbs cocoa powder, sifted

  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

  • dash of plant milk to reach desired, spreadable consistency


  • Place the vegan butter in a tall-sided bowl, and add the sifted icing sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla essence.
  • Beat with an electric beater until well combined.
  • Add plant milk a dash at a time, beating between additions, until a spreadable consistency is reached.


  • This recipe is enough to ice a double layer cake.

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