White Cake Icing

I had been meaning to re-photograph my white vegan cake recipe for a while now, because I wanted a more impressive photo for when I publish my actual cookbook. Which I’m in the process of putting together. I finally got around to it this week and so I decided to work on perfecting the white icing to go with it while I was at it. My white cake is always in the top 5 of most visited recipes on my site. I get quite a few emails asking me what kind of icing I use with it. I had never really perfected a white icing and would refer them to someone Else’s recipe, and honestly have no idea if it’s any good. But I can safely say, this is the quintessential vegan white cake icing. You can even flavor it anyway you like, as long as the flavoring is clear. You can add dyes to color it or keep it white.

When shopping on amazon.com the other day I came across some all natural vegan food coloring from India Tree. It was expensive but I really wanted some natural dyes, so I bought it anyway. As expensive as it was, I was disappointed in the quality. I bought the 3 bottle set of yellow, red and blue. The bottles are unmarked so you kind of have to figure out which is the blue and red because they’re both so dark. Once I figured it out I marked the red with a red marker on the top. The yellow looked great and I was happy with it. The red worked well enough for a pink, although you have to add quite a bit to get a red. The blue however is purple and you have to add quite a bit to get it purple. If you add just a few drops you get a pale lavender, almost grey. Another thing I hate is that you have to get a skewer stick and stir the colors before using them. So I would recommend them if you don’t need a blue and are decorating a cake that is mostly pastel.

I decorated this cake with a simple but impressive-looking confetti pattern. If you can draw a half-way straight line you can copy it. I used a small round tip. GO TO WHITE ICING RECIPE>

  • Jessica

    Yummy icing! Just iced your vegan white cupcakes with this icing! So good! This icing will work well for the icing on sugar cookies too. I am wondering why you call for 1/8 of baking soda. I didn’t add any and it seemed fine. Then again I’m no cheficionado! Also, can you freeze the icing? Thank you so much for giving us all these wonderful vegan recipes! I look forward to trying more of your recipes.

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    Jessica, thanks for the comment. I put the soda and lemon to fluff up the icing. Lower fat icing can sometimes become heavy. The lemon and soda together create air holes because they react to each other.

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    Jessica, forgot to add that the icing will freeze along with the cake.

  • Jessica

    Ah, yes. The icing was a little heavy but still delicious. I have so much to learn about cooking. Thanks so much for both responses!

  • Alyssa

    Delicious! The lemon adds just a hint of cream cheese flavor and half a recipe was more than enough to frost 12 cupcakes. My daughter has already requested this again for her birthday cupcakes! Thank you!