A chocolate cupcake topped with a swirl of white vegan buttercream.

Vegan Buttercream Made From Apples?

When I first saw Cakes and Cooking’s video transforming applesauce into a vegan cream I knew I had to see if what I watched was true, and it was. This recipe makes a lovely cream that’s a perfect vegan buttercream substitute. It pipes beautifully holding its shape at room temperature and has a consistency and mouth-feel very much like buttercream. There is a light aroma of apple and vanilla and it is not as sweet as traditional buttercream which I found so refreshing.

A chocolate cupcake topped with a swirl of white vegan buttercream.

Non-Dairy Apple Cream

A vegan buttercream made with applesauce that's stable and pipes beautifully.
4.43 from 19 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Cooling Time 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Russian
Servings 12
Calories 280 kcal


  • hand mixer
  • saucepan


  • 4 oz applesauce
  • 1/3 C. cornstarch
  • 1 C. granulated sugar
  • 1 packet vanilla sugar You can substitute 1 tsp. of vanilla extract and use a full 100 grams of sugar.
  • a pinch Kosher salt 
  • C. non-dairy milk (almond, rice, oat, etc.)
  • 18 tbsp. margarine 1 C. + 2 tbsp.


  • In a medium bowl, add the applesauce, vanilla sugar, sugar, and salt. Whisk until the sugar is dissolve. Add the cornstarch, mix well.
  • In a medium saucepan, add non-dairy milk and bring it up to a scald. You should see bubbling around the edges of the pan.
  • Remove the saucepan from heat and whisk in the applesauce mixture. Once incorporated, return to saucepan to the burner and on medium heat whisk continuously until thickened and a few big bubbles pop, like the hot mud pits at Yellowstone.
  • Pour the mixture into a bowl, press plastic wrap onto the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • To a large bowl, add room temperature margarine. Use a hand mixer on medium-high speed and beat until fluffy and light in color ~8 minutes.
  • Add the cooled applesauce mixture to the margarine in 3 batches, mixing well with each addition and scraping the sides of the bowl.
  • Pipe on to cupcakes using a 1M tip for easy and lovely rosettes.


  • If you’re find the vanilla flavor of the vanilla sugar too subtle, you can add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. 
  • https://youtu.be/5-Bp0c1bBM8


Calories: 280kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 1gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 221mgPotassium: 17mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 796IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg
Keyword apple cream, buttercream, dairy-free, frosting, vegan
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Six chocolate cupcakes topped with swirls of cream.
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18 thoughts on “Vegan Buttercream Made From Apples?”

  1. I think if you creamed the margarine in a stand mixer with a paddle and then incorporated the apple mixture as you did, also in the mixer, it would likely result in a smoother buttercream. I don’t have experience with vegan buttercream, but with meringue buttercreams usually when the texture is like that the butter was either too cold or added too fast and more time in the mixer usually smoothes things out.

  2. The point is that it is supposed to be “vegan.” Dairy free is the goal with a dairy allergy. Margarine, in many instances has dairy in it. So be aware when choosing a butter replacement.

  3. Thank you for this! I’m allergic to dairy and butter – being able to make a vegan buttercream is amazing!!!!

  4. As far as vegan butter replacements go I like Earth Balance spread, it’s non-hydrogenated contains no trans fats and it bakes decently.

  5. Angela O’Hern-Dequaine

    I’m a little confused. If I substitute vanilla extract am I using an additional 1/2 c of sugar (for the 100 grams)? So the recipe would be 1 1/2 c sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract?

  6. 5 stars
    I just tried this and it tastes lovely. Made the applesauce too. My child has dairy allergies so I mixed earth balance and shortening.
    I wonder what the shelf life would be? With applesauce I would think it wouldn’t keep like a regular buttercream… I wonder x2 if it freezes well. Will experiment!

  7. I’m so glad you liked the recipe and that it suits for your child’s needs.🧁 I would guess a few days in the refrigerator and I’m not sure how freezing would affect the consistency. Definitely sounds like some experimenting is in order. Please report back with your findings. 😊

  8. My grandma used to make a frosting with apples. Similar to what you’ve made here. I wish I could remember how she did it? It was so delicious!

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