Traditional cake icings use butter or lard to create a sweet topping. These ingredients are not considered vegan, leaving many who shun all animal products avoiding dessert. Substituting vegan ingredients, such as silken tofu, for the traditional butter or lard lets you say to your vegan friends, "Let them eat cake --- with icing."
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Things you need
- 1 cup silken tofu
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Hand or stand mixer
- 4 cups icing sugar
Beat the tofu, lemon juice and vanilla with a hand or stand mixer until combined and smooth. There should not be any lumps in the mixture.
Slowly mix in the icing sugar to the icing ingredients with the beaters running on low speed. Add the icing sugar a little at a time, beating after each addition until you cannot see any dry icing sugar in the icing mix.
Mix the sugar into the icing until it becomes light and fluffy, about five to six minutes. At this point the mixture should resemble a fluffy white cake frosting.
Spread the frosting over your favourite baked and cooled vegan cake or cupcake with a spatula. Discard any leftover icing.
Tips and warnings
- Replace 1/2 cup of the icing sugar with cocoa powder to make a chocolate icing.
- Choose a brand of tofu you personally prefer. The tofu will contribute a slight beany flavour to the icing, but this flavour will depend on the processing technique used by the brand of tofu you purchase and how accustomed you are to tofu's natural flavour. For those who have never had vegan frosting, make the chocolate version with cocoa powder. The chocolate flavour will help to overcome some of the natural soybean taste of the tofu.
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