Vegan Aquafaba Frosting
The search is officially over! I present to you the tastiest Vegan Aquafaba Frosting recipe in the history of Vegan Aquafaba Frosting recipes! This recipe will give you a light, fluffy frosting that is perfect for decorating cupcakes, pies, cookies, and more. Just four simple ingredients are all you need for this vegan-friendly frosting!
If you haven’t heard of aquafaba, it is excellent for those who are vegan! Aquafaba is the liquid you get from a can of chickpeas. Now, before you freak out, hear me out! The fluid will transform as it gets whipped and become a white fluff, similar to a meringue. Because of the sugar and vanilla used, it gives a lightly sweet flavor. It does not taste like chickpeas at all!
If you are new to the vegan lifestyle and need to find a recipe for frosting, you have to give this one a try! Top your favorite desserts and serve. My only complaint with aquafaba is you have to use it quickly or it begins to fall. So once you get your vegan frosting done, top your desserts and serve it up.
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Tips For Making Your Vegan Aquafaba Frosting
We all could use a little help now and again. Here are some helpful tips that I found to make this frosting work and taste delicious.
While you don’t have to have a stand mixer, I do recommend using one. The reason is you will be taking a decent amount of time to whip up this recipe. To get your frosting to where it needs to be, it will require a lot of hand whipping. You can also use a hand mixer, but it will take a longer mix time as well.
Cream of Tartar
This little ingredient is a must. The cream of tartar will help to stabilize your chickpea water and create those stiff peaks you want. Although many other aquafaba frosting recipes say this ingredient is optional, I say it’s a mandatory ingredient if you want a stiffer peaked frosting.
I find that reaching for canned chickpea liquid works best. You want the water to be starchy and thick, which means you will have a better frosting at the end. However, you can also make chickpeas from scratch. I have made them in my Instant Pot many times.
How Does Aquafaba Work Like Egg Whites?
Aquafaba has around 1% protein while an egg white is around 10% protein and 90% water content. Since chickpea liquid is full of starch, sugar and saponins (a chemical), it will act similar to an egg white when it gets whipped. You will see it begin to foam and set up into stiff peaks as an egg white would.
Because of this, you are then able to add in confectioner’s sugar and vanilla along with the cream of tartar and give it that meringue-like texture. For someone who is vegan, this is a great way to make homemade desserts. Fold into recipes like you would meringue or stiff egg whites, or make into frosting as you see in this recipe here.
Vegan Aquafaba Frosting
Makes – 2 cups
- 1 cup of Chickpea water (either homemade or from a can – I prefer homemade)
- ¼ teaspoon of Cream of Tartar (optional but definitely recommended)
- ½ cup of Confectioner’s Sugar or Swerve Confectioner’s
- 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
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1) In bowl of a stand mixture or a regular large bowl, combine the chickpea water and the cream of tartar.
2) Beat it on high for 10 to 15 minutes until if forms soft peaks.
3) Add the sugar and the vanilla extract and beat on high for another 10 minutes until it forms stiff peaks.
4) Use immediately and keep it under refrigeration.
- TIP: For this frosting, you need the water to be starchy and a bit slimy, like canned chickpea water. If using chickpea water from scratch, use 1 cup of soaked chickpeas (1/2 cup of dried chickpea) and 2 cup of water. Pressure cook for 1 hour and let it vent naturally. The chickpeas with be very soft and would be perfect for hummus and the water will be starchy.
This is a simple recipe and gives you that perfect frosting for your cupcakes! Or use in other recipes to add a light and refreshing topper to complete the dish.
Just because you are living the vegan lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice tasty desserts. Learn how to make them yourself and enjoy the more delicate things in life. As I stated previously, remember to use the frosting right away or it will fall flat. Surprise a loved one today with this delicious Aquafaba frosting. Be sure to check out our Air Fryer Apple Cider Cranberry Cupcakes (this frosting is perfect for the cupcakes).
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- 1 cup of Chickpea water either homemade or from a can
- ¼ teaspoon of Cream of Tartar optional but highly recommended
- ½ cup of Confectioner’s Sugar
- 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
- In bowl of a stand mixture or a regular large bowl, combine the chickpea water and the cream of tartar.
- Beat it on high for 10 to 15 minutes till it form soft peaks.
- Add the sugar and the vanilla extract and beat on high for another 10 minutes till it forms stiff peaks.
- Use immediately and keep it under refrigeration.
For this frosting you need the water to be starchy and bit slimy, like canned chickpea water. If using chickpea water from scratch, use 1 cup of soaked chickpeas (1/2 cup of dried chickpea) and 2 cup of water. Pressure cook for 1 hour and let it vent naturally. The chickpeas with be very soft and would be perfect for hummus and the water will be starchy.