Vegan Chocolate Espresso Frosting

Sometimes occasions call for a chocolate cake. And sometimes you just want to eat chocolate cake, because, as I like to say it’s somebody’s birthday somewhere so I should have cake anytime I want to celebrate with them 馃槈

The occasion for this specific cake was a celebration of all the summer birthdays in my family. We used to do individual gatherings for everything, however, with all the nieces and nephews it gets too difficult to organize everyone that often! So what this means is that I need to craft a fun and special menu that will celebrate everyones birthday as well as be pleasing to adults and kids alike. And what appeals to more people than, you guessed it, CHOCOLATE CAKE!

But, let’s be honest, the cake is simply a transporter of frosting from the plate to your mouth. And with that being said, here is my favorite vegan chocolate frosting recipe. No matter who you make it for they will (1) have no clue it is vegan and (2) ask for seconds. It’s proven.

Happy, Healthy Eating!

xo, Kendra

Vegan Chocolate Espresso Frosting
Gluten free, dairy free, vegan
Makes enough to frost a 2 layer cake or a 9×13 pan of brownies

聽聽聽聽聽聽 4 T. room temperature coconut oil (not melted at all!)*

聽聽聽聽聽聽 4 T. vegan margarine

聽聽聽聽聽聽 3 T. best quality cocoa powder (Valrhona or Scharffenberger are both lovely)

聽聽聽聽聽聽 1 pound powdered sugar, sifted (approximately 4 c.)

聽聽聽聽聽聽 1 vanilla bean, scraped OR 1 t. pure vanilla extract

聽聽聽聽聽聽 1 shot espresso, chilled

聽 聽 聽 聽favorite dairy free milk to thin out frosting, about 3-4 T.


1.聽聽聽聽 Whip the coconut oil and shortening together. Gradually add the powdered sugar and the cocoa powder until you have a stiff mixture. (it鈥檚 ok if it is crumbly)

2.聽聽聽聽 Add the scraped vanilla bean or vanilla extract, espresso and half of the nondairy milk.

3.聽聽聽聽 Mix to combine and add more of the milk until it reaches a nice, thick consistency.

*To make聽tree nut free: substitute butter or vegan margarine for the coconut oil