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Cupcakes with vegan maple buttercream
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5 from 2 votes

Vegan Maple Buttercream

This buttercream is super creamy, sweet and ever-so-slightly salty! It pairs perfectly with pumpkin, vanilla, spiced, and carrot cakes.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: gluten-free, plant based, vegan
Keyword: Vegan Desserts, Vegan Frosting
Servings: 24 cupcakes or a 2-layer round cake



  • Using a high speed hand or stand mixer, whip just the shortening on high speed for 30 seconds.
  • Next, add the maple syrup, maple extract, vanilla extract, approx. half the powdered sugar, and salt. Mix on high for another 30 seconds.
  • Lastly, add the second half of the powdered sugar and then mix on high again for about 1 - 2 minutes or until the frosting is light and fluffy.


  • Wait until your cake or cupcakes are completely cool before frosting.
  • When applying this buttercream to cupcakes or decorating edges of cakes, try using pastry piping bags and tips for perfect presentation!
  • Consider sprinkling your frosted cakes with a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg to give it that extra special little touch.