Vegan Icing Recipes

To make a really luxurious vegan icing - try using a vegetable fat such as Trex. This makes the icing really thick and sturdy.

trex My favourite icing recipe for cakes and such is one where vegetable fat is used. You can buy vegetable fat in the fridge section in most supermarkets near the margarines and soya spreads. I particularly like using this because it makes a firm iced topping which looks and tastes a bit different in my opinion. Basically you add some vegetable fat into a bowl. You can also add some soya spread if preferred. Then you add the other ingredients such as cocoa powder, vanilla essence, unrefined icing sugar (or unrefined powdered sugar).

The thicker you would like the topping, the more vegetable fat you should use. Note that this will not give a really hard iced topping. For that you will need vegan royal icing (recipe below).

vegan lemon cake with thick vegan icing

The picture on the right is a vegan lemon cake with a basic vegetable fat iced topping.


  • 1 1/4 oz (36g) soya spread
  • 3/4 oz (22g) Trex (vegetable fat) at room temp
  • 6 oz (170g) unrefined icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence

    Just mix the above ingredients together for a vanilla iced topping.

    For a chocolate vegan icing with vegetable fat, just add cocoa powder.

    You can add flavourings and colours to jazz the icing up a bit more if you wish.

    Other vegan icing recipes

    You can just mix water and icing sugar for a simple iced topping.


  • 100g/4oz unrefined icing sugar
  • Approx 2 Tbsp water
  • Any colouring/flavouring (optional)

    Just blend until thick and creamy.


    For a basic chocolate icing, just add around two tsps of cocoa powder in with the icing sugar.

    For a basic lemon iced topping, replace the water with fresh lemon juice.

    For a basic coffee iced topping, just dissolve some coffee in boiling water and mix in with the icing sugar.

    For a basic rum iced topping, just replace the water with rum.

    For a basic vanilla iced topping, just add a couple of drops of vanilla extract to the mixture.

    vegan iced chocolate cupcake

    Creamy chocolate icing

    Just mix the following ingredients in a bowl:

  • 11⁄2 oz (36g) margarine
  • 1⁄2 oz (22g) Trex
  • 10g cocoa powder
  • 6 oz (170g) icing sugar
  • 1⁄4 tsp vanilla essence

    Coffee icing

    Dissolve the coffee in the boiling water and mix with the other ingredients.

  • 1⁄2 oz (36g) margarine
  • 11⁄2 oz (22g) Trex
  • 6 oz (170g) icing sugar
  • 11⁄2 tsp coffee powder
  • 1 tsp boiling water

    Vegan Royal Icing

    Royal icing is used more for decoration than it is for flavour. It is good for writing messages on cakes and biscuits and for making long lasting decorations on fancy foods. Royal icing is basically a mixture of icing sugar, water/lemon juice and traditionally egg whites or meringue powder to make it hard.

    vegan royal icing

    Vegan royal icing is very simple to make. All you need is icing sugar and lemon juice. I prefer lemon juice over water as lemon juice dries harder. So if you want a really hard vegan royal icing, then all you have to do is mix these two ingredients together. I also use the bottled lemon juice - I don't think we are talking nutrition here :).

    The picture on the right isn't the best photo to showcase vegan royal icing and I will upload a better one when I make another batch but you can see that it is simple to make little stars and patterns with just lemon juice and icing sugar. You need to make it so that it is a thick gloopy mixture which will slowly drop off a spoon. If you are using the icing to spread over a cake (on top of marzipan for example) then make it a little looser so that it can spread easier. This also applies if you are writing messages onto cakes and biscuits.

    Glycerine is added if you would like a softer icing but you obviously need to make sure this is vegetable based. I have found vegetable based glycerine to be fairly easy to source but to be honest, I don't think this ingredient is needed.

    You can obviously add other flavourings and colours as needed.

    Then we have the issue of icing sugar being vegan or not. In the UK, Silver Spoon icing (not the royal icing sugar as that contains egg) sugar is suitable for vegans so they tell me as they use beet sugar.

    If anyone can tell me if there is an icing sugar suitable for vegans in the US then I would appreciate the information and can post it here.

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