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Gluten and Dairy Free Vanilla Confectioner's Cake Frosting

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Gluten and Dairy Free Vanilla Confectioner's Cake Frosting

Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

Photo © 2010 Teri Lee Gruss
This easy recipe for gluten and dairy free confectioner's cake frosting is ideal for frosting cakes and cupcakes for kids on gluten and casein free diets. The frosting doesn't require cooking and is very easy to work with.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening (I used Spectrum brand organic vegetable shortening)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups gluten-free powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons canned coconut milk OR your favorite dairy-free milk substitute
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


Place vegetable shortening and salt in a medium mixing bowl and use an electric mixer to cream. Add sugar and milk substitute and whip on high just until the frosting is smooth and creamy. If frosting is too stiff, gradually add more milk substitute, 1 teaspoon at a time.

Yield - About 1 cup (enough to frost an 8-inch 2 layer cake or about 18 cupcakes)

Use this frosting to make GFCF Chocolate Cupcakes

Reminder: Always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten.

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