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Coffee Mocha Fudge Frosting Dairy-Free

Mocha fudge frosting. Eat-it-off-a-spoon worthy.

And dairy-free delicious for vegan and food allergy fams.

See our quick frosting video in this post!

vegan mocha frosting

Oh friend, where should I start. 

It was a cold blustery day in February. 

My birthday, actually. 

And the fam wanted to know what I wanted for birthday cake. 

I don’t even love cake. 

Seriously, I told them coffee and chocolate would suffice. 

No need to slave in the kitchen for my birthday. 

vegan mocha frosting


I remembered…from years and years ago…

a friend making the most amazing red velvet cake topped with coffee mocha frosting. 

Love you, Jennifer!

And I remembered right where the recipe card was tucked away these past 20 years. 

Pulling it out, I exclaimed to hubby that indeed I now did want birthday cake this year. 

Dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, vegan chocolate cake…our usual. 

But with a special twist!

Friend Jennifer’s coffee mocha frosting, please. 

I couldn’t wait to taste it again after two long decades!


vegan mocha frosting

I suppose we haven’t made it all these years because of kids not needing coffee. 

But hey! Teenagers!

Coffee is fair game now, right?!

If I had realized what I was missing all this time, though…

I think decaf would have been fine, lol. 

Get this…

my teen boys say this is our best frosting recipe now. 

Woohoo! Guess we’ll be having it again soon. 

vegan mocha frosting

And ya’ll, not lying. 

Hubby made extra, and I ate it all myself…off the spoon. 

No shame, you guys!

Birthday girl dibs. 

I told you I wanted coffee and chocolate for my birthday!

I just didn’t realize I’d be eating both off a spoon in the way of creamy, addictive frosting. 

Life is good. 

Now the frosting is a tad on the wet side. 

We tried to remedy that as much as possible without losing the delicious coffee flavor. 🙂 

So that’s why we refrigerate it an hour before frosting a cake. 

But as you can see, with that tip, it should even pipe well. Yum! 

Ready for a simple, easy recipe?!

Recipe below.

dairy free mocha frosting


4 cups powdered sugar
1 stick of dairy-free butter
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-6 tablespoons of strong cold coffee

Mix the first 4 ingredients together with an electric mixer until smooth.

Add the strong cold coffee 1 tablespoon at a time. Use 3-6 until you reach consistency you want.

Refrigerate frosting for about an hour before spreading onto chocolate cake

If the frosting didn’t firm up enough, you can add another cup of powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time until you reach desired thickness. 

Hope you enjoy this coffee mocha frosting as much as I do!

It’s truly birthday cake worthy. xo


vanilla frosting recipe

chocolate frosting recipe


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