Discover the 5 best dairy-free frosting brands you can buy at the store, in a variety of flavors. All these brands are gluten and dairy-free too!
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When it comes to birthdays or special events, there is nothing like baking a cake for someone you love. Whether you like to bake cakes from scratch or like to use boxed mixes, one thing that you can’t deny is that you need a great frosting to go with it.
If you’re eating a dairy free diet, finding a dairy free frosting can be a little bit tricky. And if you’re avoiding gluten as well, it can be even harder.
In this post, I want to share five great gluten and dairy-free frosting brands that you can find at your local grocery store – or even online if you happen to not be able to find them in person – that will help you create gluten and dairy-free cakes that are both impressive and delicious and you don’t even have to lift a finger to make it from scratch.
Before we get into the brands, let’s go over a few details about frosting that you might need to know if you’re on a dairy free diet.
Does frosting have dairy?
The answer to that is “yes!” Most frosting brands that you buy at the store and most homemade frosting recipes are made using butter, which is a dairy product, because it comes from animal milk.
So if you’re not looking for a specific dairy-free frosting, know that most frosting is not safe for a dairy-free diet.
Read on: 25 Dairy-free frosting recipes
Is frosting vegan?
A lot of people who are on a dairy-free diet may also avoid eggs and other animal products, making them vegan. So the answer to this question is “no.” If you’re using a traditional pre-made frosting you would find at a grocery store, most won’t be vegan.
However, those that I’m outlining in this list ARE vegan, so keep on reading.
Depending on the ingredients used in a frosting recipe, you can make frosting vegan, you will just need to avoid butter or other animal products in order to make it that way.
What are some store-bought dairy free frosting brands?
All the frosting brands listed in this post are all dairy-free, meaning they contain no butter, cream, milk, or any other dairy-containing ingredients, including any hidden sources of dairy.
What are some store-bought vegan frosting brands?
All the frosting brands listed in this blog post are not only dairy-free and gluten-free, but they are also vegan as well.
This means all these frosting brands and flavors don’t contain any animal products including butter, cream, milk, or any other animal products.
Is frosting gluten-free?
Most frosting brands do not contain gluten. The five listed below have been reviewed and contain no gluten-containing ingredients.
5 Best Dairy-free Frosting Brands (Gluten-free and Vegan)
This classic homestyle frosting is perfect for homemade or store-bought cakes. Surprisingly, this easy-to-find frosting can be found in most grocery stores and is both gluten-free and dairy-free.
The flavors that are both gluten and dairy-free are: buttercream, caramel, classic chocolate, classic vanilla, coconut pecan, dark chocolate fudge, lemon supreme, and strawberry cream.
This whipped frosting by Duncan Hines is both gluten and dairy-free, perfect for any cake or dessert you plan to whip up. I love that this frosting is budget-friendly and easy to find in most grocery stores.
The flavors that are gluten and dairy-free are: chocolate, fluffy white, and vanilla.
Is Duncan Hines frosting vegan?
Yes, many flavors of Duncan Hines Creamy Homestyle frosting is considered vegan as it doesn’t contain any dairy products or other animal products. If you follow a vegan diet, you can feel comfortable enjoying this frosting.
Be sure to choose a flavor that doesn’t obviously contain dairy products – like cream cheese.
Most Pillsbury frostings contain no dairy ingredients. This brand was a surprise to me after I had long thought it contained dairy!
My husband brought it home one day after preparing for my son to bake me a cake for Mother’s Day, and said “hey, you missed a brand on your frosting post.”
Apparently my husband references my blog for items that are safe for me while at the store – ha! After doing some digging, it is clear he was right!
All of the Pillsbury frostings have no dairy ingredients as they’re listed on their website. Be sure to check the ingredients lists on the packaging before buying as Pillsbury historically has had dairy products in their frostings.
But the Creamy Supreme, Pastry Bag frosting, and Funfetti frostings all seem to be both gluten and dairy-free! Woohoo!
This organic frosting is made with very simple ingredients and naturally gluten and dairy-free. If going organic in your baked goods is important to you, this is a great option.
The flavors that are gluten and dairy-free are: vanilla, chocolate, confetti pop, cream cheese, and salted caramel.
This organic frosting is another great option if you make your baked goods with organic ingredients. This frosting is made using coconut oil instead of butter, making it completely dairy-free. It’s also gluten-free!
Simple Mills offers chocolate and vanilla frosting that are perfect for cakes and other desserts.
Another great organic frosting, Wholesome Organic is a great option if you’re looking for a gluten and dairy-free frosting.
They offer both chocolate and vanilla flavors.
Is Icing dairy-free? Is icing vegan?
We know that some frosting brands are dairy-free as we’ve discussed here, but what about icing? Icing is what’s used to decorate a cake after it’s been frosted.
Betty Crocker and Wilton brands both offer dairy-free and vegan icing options. I found that most icings were dairy-free, but not necessarily vegan as many of them have eggs.
Betty Crocker has a number of dairy-free and vegan icing options, which you can search for what specific product you’re looking into on the Allergen Inside website.
Read on: The best dairy-free icing brands
Dairy-free Icing Options
- Wilton Cookie Icing
- Wilton Icing Writer
- Betty Crocker Cookie Icing
- Betty Crocker Decorating Icing
- Betty Crocker Decorating Tube Icing
If you’ve been looking for a dairy-free frosting or icing to buy at the grocery store, I hope that this list has been really useful for you. A lot of these dairy-free frosting brands can be found at local grocery stores, especially the Duncan Hines brand.
Even the organic options can be found at many grocery stores in the health food section, so be on the lookout for those as well.
If you can’t find any of these at your local grocery store, they are also available on Amazon so go ahead and click the links in his post to find those specific items as well.
As you set out to make your next beautiful cake for a birthday or celebration, I hope that you will use one of these dairy free frosting brands in your baking and make your cake even that much easier – and delicious- to put together.
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