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Dairy-free buttercream icing?

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Nolda Wed 03-Jul-13 12:56:07

What's the best dairy-free substitute for butter to make dairy-free buttercream icing, please?

InMySpareTime Wed 03-Jul-13 13:01:56

Vitalite dairy free works well. Pure spread is next best, but it needs more warming up.

Nolda Wed 03-Jul-13 13:07:23

Thanks, Inmy. I used Pure for the cake but it looks very soft, so was having a bit of a wobble about the icing.

CMOTDibbler Wed 03-Jul-13 13:10:52

I cooked from Ms Cupcakes vegan cookery book at the weekend, and she combines Trex and dairy free spread for the icing, and it was fabulous - really held its shape well and tasted lovely.
75g trex, 75g df spread, 750g icing sugar, 40-60ml soy milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract. Beat together furiously.

InMySpareTime Wed 03-Jul-13 13:39:11

I can never get pure to work in cakes. They rise, then they fall, leaving not cake but dwarf battle-breadblush.

CMOTDibbler Wed 03-Jul-13 13:56:51

Inmysparetime - I'd guess that it is because Pure is quite wet. Try reducing or eliminating entirely the amount of liquid you add. Or try Trex

InMySpareTime Wed 03-Jul-13 15:18:09

I'd attributed it to my general ineptitude at baking! Pure makes nice pastry though.

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