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Basic Chocolate Frosting

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x


This dairy-free chocolate frosting is smooth and delicious. It uses simple pantry staples, no crazy ingredients or tempering chocolate. It’s a snap to make. 


  • 1 stick margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt, or a couple pinches.
  • 1 cup cocoa powder (I use Nestle Cocoa Powder)
  • 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.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: dairy-free chocolate frosting, vegan chocolate frosting, allergy dessert