Vegan and Gluten-Free Frosting Solutions for Every Treat

Jun 07, 2024Kemely Baez

This month, serious efforts were made create our latest vegan and gluten free vanilla frosting which would replace our classic and unique whoopie frosting. Like anyone would, I began by researching types of frostings and simple recipes that were vegan and gluten free. So, what types of frostings are there? 

  • Buttercream frosting 
    • A buttercream frosting is essentially a fluffy frosting where the main components are butter, some form of sugar, and usually a flavoring. Its velvety consistency and decadent flavor elevate cakes, cupcakes, and assorted desserts, ensuring a delightful culinary experience with every bite. Its rich and smooth texture makes it perfect for cupcakes and celebration cakes by providing a sweet and indulgent finish.
    • One of the easiest buttercream frostings to make is the American buttercream. This quick frosting is made by beating softened vegan butter until smooth and gradually adding in powdered sugar. Once the sugar is fully incorporated, any flavorings being used are added as well as any non-dairy milk or hot water.

  • Ermine frosting 
    • This is a type of cooked flour frosting that is velvety smooth and made by cooking flour, sugar, and milk together then whipping it with butter to create a light and airy delight. It excels when used as a filling or topping for layer cakes, offering a delicate and creamy enhancement to the cake’s flavors, especially suited for those with classic flavors such as vanilla or chocolate. This is also an excellent choice for those who may not have as much of a sweet tooth. Its light and airy texture, paired with a subtle sweetness, offers a delicate balance without being overwhelmed with excessive sugar.

  • Whipped cream frosting
    • Vegan whipped cream frosting is a dairy-free alternative to traditional whipped cream, made from plant-based ingredients like coconut cream or aquafaba (chickpea brine). It offers a light and fluffy texture, similar to conventional whipped cream, making it perfect for topping vegan desserts such as pies, cakes, and fruit salads. While the lightness of this frosting can offer a refreshing contrast to dense or rich cakes, it might not provide as much stability when it comes to layering cakes as a buttercream would. However, this can be fixed by including stabilizers such as agar agar or vegan gelatin.

I followed a recipe I saw online from The Spruce Eats, and while it was delicious, it was not the texture we were looking for. After some experimenting and playing around with the quantities of the each ingredients, we decided the best texture came from using oat milk.

 

Sources: 

https://www.kingarthurbaking.com/blog/2021/04/05/a-breakdown-of-every-cake-frosting 

 

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