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Vegan Buttercream Frosting dyed with Natural Food Coloring

  • Author: Lexi
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Frosting for 30 cupcakes 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Homemade natural food coloring is easy and beautiful to frost cakes, cupcakes and so much more. Dye your own with açai, matcha, charcoal and beet powder!


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Dairy Free Buttercream Frosting

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp almond milk or dairy free creamer
  • Pinch of salt

Add to above recipe for each color:


  • 2 tbsp açaí
  • 1/2 tsp more almond milk


  • 2 tsp matcha
  • 1 tsp more vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • 2 tbsp charcoal
  • 1/2 tsp more almond milk


  • 1 tsp beet juice
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp extra vanilla
  • Healthy pinch of sea salt

Vanilla Cupcakes: use our Vanilla Almond Cake Recipe. See note

Vegan Chocolate Cupcake Recipe


  1. Make a big batch of frosting by creaming the butter and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add in the vanilla, milk/creamer and salt and beat to combine thoroughly.
  2. Divide the frosting into four bowls and add the ingredients for each color, mixing thoroughly until evenly colored. Adding more powders will darken the colors, if you prefer. 
  3. Frost only fully cooled cupcakes. 


To translate our vanilla cake recipe into cupcakes, pour the dough into lined cupcake pans. Reduce bake time to 29-31 minutes, until set in the center. The recipe will make 28-30 cupcakes. 

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 60
  • Sugar: 6.2 g
  • Sodium: 192.5 mg
  • Fat: 3.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.4 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 0.3 g

Keywords: vegan food coloring