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Basic Chocolate Frosting


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) dairy-free margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt, or a couple pinches.
  • 1 cup cocoa powder (I use Nestle)
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup dairy-free milk( more if needed)


  1. Cream the margarine and shortening until fluffy.
  2. Add the salt and cocoa powder.
  3. Add the powdered sugar slowly. You can add a little of the dairy-free milk as you are trying to mix in all the powdered sugar if things get too thick.
  4. Once all the powdered sugar is mixed in, you can start adding dairy-free milk until you get the frosting thickness you want. Sometimes I like it dense, sometimes I like it fluffy and mousse-like.


I used Silk Coconut Milk, Blue Bonnet Lactose Free and Spectrum Palm Oil Shortening  for my milk and margarine/shortening options in this recipe.

Read my posts of Choosing the Perfect Dairy-Free Milk and Dairy-Free Butter Alternatives if you need product ideas.