Maple Tahini Vegan Buttercream Frosting

Maple tahini buttercream frosting is slightly sweet yet subtly earthy made with maple syrup, tahini, and vegan butter.  It is fluffy and flavorful and perfect for topping all of your treats this holiday season!

tahini buttercream frosting

I take my frostings very seriously.  They HAVE to be good.  And this tahini buttercream is no exception.  It has such a depth of flavor.  Sweet from the maple syrup, a hint of cinnamon, nutty tahini, and of course butter.  All whipped together into a fluffy dreamy spread to put over your favorite cake (or just eat it off the spoon if you are like me).  I know you are going to love this one and I can’t wait to see what cakes you use it on!

vegan buttercream frosting

Ingredients for Maple Tahini Vegan Buttercream Frosting:

  • Vegan butter –  I used a vegan butter  so that everyone can enjoy.  Just use one that you like the flavor of.
  • Tahini – this gives us a nutty flavor that really combines well with the sweet sugar.
  • Maple syrup – not only adds a hint of sweetness, but adds depth to our flavor
  • Cinnamon 
  • Powdered sugar – makes it sweet!  And lighter.  Without this the butter, maple syrup, and tahini would make this really dense.


  • You can definitely sub the vegan butter for regular butter if you don’t mind dairy.
  • The tahini could probably be swapped for another drippy nut or seed butter  (I haven’t tried it) it will just taste a little different.
  • I haven’t tried this with powdered monk fruit or stevia so I am not sure if it would work, but those would be your best bet to make it refined sugar free.

What is Tahini?

Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. It is a creamy, nutty-flavored paste with a texture similar to peanut butter. It is available in both roasted and raw varieties and can be found in most grocery stores or health food stores. Tahini can be used in sweet or savory dishes and is a nutritious addition to a balanced diet, as it is high in protein, healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

It has a fairly mild taste which a creamy texture. It makes this buttercream frosting super rich and creamy, in a healthy way!

Benefits of Tahini

Tahini is a good source of protein, healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, including iron, magnesium, and calcium. The unsaturated fats in tahini can help to lower cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of heart disease. It’s a great source of antioxidants which can also help reduce inflammation.

The Best Vegan Butter

I prefer Miyoko’s butter or Earth Balance spread. Both of them have a nice, light, buttery flavor and they can be used in a lot of different recipes. If you can’t find those. check out this list of the best vegan butter from Food 52.

Tips for the Perfect Maple Tahini Buttercream Frosting!

  • Start with room-temperature butter.  This will be way easier to whip and will give you a better texture.
  • I do recommend some sort of electric mixer for this.  It would be hard to get the texture you need by hand
  • Taste it and if you want it sweeter, add more powdered sugar and not more maple syrup.  We want it to be nice and fluffy!
  • Also – if you want a lighter/fluffier texture, just add more powdered sugar.

In addition to the listed ingredients, you will need:

If you want to try some more fun frostings, be sure to check out my sweet potato buttercream frosting (no actual butter in this one – the texture comes from the tater! This one is SO healthy and you’d never know), and my nut butter coconut cream frosting. OH and definitely my coffee protein frosting.

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Maple Tahini Vegan Buttercream Frosting

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  • Author: Megan
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Maple tahini buttercream frosting is rich and creamy, made with maple syrup, tahini, and vegan butter.  It is fluffy and flavorful and perfect for topping all of your treats this holiday season!


  • 1 cup vegan butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  1. Bring your vegan butter to room temperature, then combine it with the tahini and beat with an electric mixer until whipped. 
  2. Slowly add in your maple syrup, and then cinnamon, and then powdered sugar, blending at medium speed until all incorporated, and then turning to high to allow it to whip.
  3. Allow the cake you are using it on to cool completely before covering with frosting.


You’ll need an electric hand mixer or stand mixer for this recipe.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Frosting
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American



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