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Moist Gluten Free & Vegan Vanilla Birthday Cupcakes

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword dairy free buttercream, dairy free frosting, vegan buttercream frosting, vegan frosting
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 113 kcal
Author Tessa the Domestic Diva


  • 1 cup vegan butter or replace up to half with palm shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar most powdered sugar contains cornstarch, check labels
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean scraped (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons non dairy milk


  1. In a mixer, beat the butter for a minute or two at high speed to start some fluffiness.
  2. Beat in the vanillas and powdered sugar.
  3. Add in some non-dairy milk a teaspoon at a time to achieve your desired frosting texture.  I usually add about a tablespoon, sometimes a touch more.
  4. Beat for a minute or two at high speed, or up to 10 minutes to get lots of extra fluff!
Nutrition Facts
Moist Gluten Free & Vegan Vanilla Birthday Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 113 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 170mg7%
Potassium 5mg0%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 719IU14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.