Hello my baker friends! Let’s bake some more vegan macarons today! Today’s flavor is Vegan Vanilla Macarons with sprinkles, and multi-color buttercream filling. This post also includes a video on how to make the macarons!
Let’s start out by saying how much in love I am with these beautiful Vegan Vanilla Macarons! Cause I am deeply in love with them. With their color, with the sprinkles on top, with everything!
My vegan macaron baking journey has been evolving, and I feel the progress with each batch.
I’ve had my rough patch with the vegan macarons, as well as with the regular ones. And any macaron baker will tell you they had their own share of failures when it comes to mastering these cookies.
I hope my videos on Youtube and on my other blog posts, as well as my tips, can help you on your own macaron baking journey.
Tips on how to make Vegan Macarons
So, on this Vegan Vanilla Macarons post, I want to share with you some tips on how to make Vegan Macarons that I have learned so far.
Make sure to whip the aquafaba to stiff peaks. It’s very important that the peaks are shooting straight up, not soft or bending down.
What temperature to bake Vegan Macarons
So this is a huge one guys! When I started making vegan macarons, I was using the Italian method. And that required a very low oven temperature. My macarons had very tiny feet and were often lopsided. My results were not consistent, it was a hit or miss. Now, looking back, I believe the low temperature might have been a big culprit.
Even when I started using the French Method, with my Biscoff Macarons, I was still using a low temperature (215 F). And it worked fine for a couple of batches. But then, every batch after had: lopsided shells all over the place!
The trick to fixing that problem is to use a higher temperature. I’ve used 310 Fahrenheit for a while, but that was causing the feet of my macaron to explode. So now I am using 285ºF.
Please read this Vegan Matcha Macaron post to understand your oven better, with tips on how to figure out the best temperature for your oven, and why it’s so important to have an oven thermometer.
So, if you are asking yourself: why are my macarons coming out lopsided? The answer might lie in your oven temperature. Your temperature might be too low. If your macarons have tiny feet, and they are also lopsided, it’s most likely a low temperature issue.
If your macarons have huge feet, exploding to the side, and they are lopsided, the temperature might be too high, which is why so important to have an oven thermometer.
Huge exploding feet may also be due to over mixing the batter, as you can see on the Vegan Macaron Troubleshooting Guide.
Whip that aquafaba!
When should I stop whipping the aquafaba? Guys, it’s *almost* impossible to overwhip the aquafaba. So I say, keep whipping it until the peaks are really stiff! Underwhipping the aquafaba will cause for macarons that will not hold their shape at all.
I start whipping the aquafaba on low for about 1 minute with the cream of tartar (you can use vinegar if you can’t find cream of tartar).
After about 1 minute, once the aquafaba is starting to get white and foamy, raise the speed to medium. Whip on medium for another 2 minutes.
Once the aquafaba is white, and the whisk is leaving streak marks in the meringue, start adding the granulated sugar gradually, a little bit at a time, as you raise the speed to high.
Keep whipping on high for another 5-8 minutes. I usually whip for a total of 10 minutes from beginning to end. The peaks should be straight up, the meringue should be glossy.
So these are my tips for baking Vegan Macarons for today!
If you would like to know where to buy Vegan Sprinkles, this is a pretty cool guide with lots of information on brands and where to find vegan sprinkles.
Here are some suggestions of vegan sprinkles for you:
Here are some more Vegan Macarons ideas for you:
(If you want to keep using the French method I cover in this recipe -which I highly recommend- you can get the ideas for the fillings from these other posts too)
- Vegan Coffee Macarons
- Vegan Blueberry Lemon Macarons
- Vegan Chocolate Macarons
- Vegan Strawberry Macarons
- Vegan Matcha Macarons
- Vegan Biscoff Macarons
- Vegan Pistachio Macarons
I hope you enjoyed these Vegan Vanilla Macarons and my tips on how to make vegan macarons. If you give them a try tag me on instagram, and leave a review below!
These are some of the products I use to make macarons:
This is the container I use to store the macarons.
These are the piping bags I use.
This is the baking mat I use.
Vegan Vanilla Macarons with Sprinkles
Vegan Macaron Shells
- 75 grams aquafaba (water from a chickpea can)
- 110 grams almond flour
- 110 grams powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 66 grams granulated sugar
Vegan Vanilla Buttercream
- 2 tablespoons vegan butter 1 oz, 28 grams
- 2 tablespoons shortening 1 oz, 28 grams**
- 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar sifted (6.61 oz, 187.5 grams)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Vegan Macaron Shells
- Gather all of the ingredients before starting to make macarons. Measure out all ingredients. Line two baking sheets with silicon mats. And fit a large piping bag with a large round tip, I use a 0.5" diameter. You want everything ready to go when you need it.
- Sift the almond flour and powdered sugar together. Set aside.
- Place the aquafaba and cream of tartar in the bowl of a mixer.
- Start whipping on low speed for about 2 minutes, until it starts to get white and thick.
- At this point, raise speed to high, start to add granulated sugar, slowly, a bit at a time.
- Continue to whip until the aquafaba achieves stiff peaks.
- The whole whipping, from beginning to end, should last about 10 minutes. It can last more or less time depending on what mixer you are using, and what speed.
- Add the sifted dry ingredients to whipped aquafaba. Start folding with a spatula slowly.
- Add food coloring at this point, if using any.
- Fold forming a letter J with the spatula.
- Fold until the batter is flowing slightly. You don’t want the batter to be flowing continuously off the spatula. When it comes to vegan macarons, the folding time is very very brief. You are basically just looking to incorporate the dry ingredients with the meringue. Please watch the video to see what the consistency should look like. If you grab a spatula full of batter and hold it over the bowl, it should still be separating in chunks, and not flowing continuously on a ribbon. Do not get to the ribbons stage! If you get to the ribbon stage, the macaron feet will spread out in the oven.
- Transfer the batter to the piping bag.
- Pipe 1 1/2” circles on a baking sheet lined with silicon mat. I usually use 2 sheets. This will depend on how big you pipe your macarons.
- Bang the trays against the counter to release air bubbles.
- Use a toothpick to pop any remaining bubbles.
- If using sprinkles, make sure to sprinkle them before the macaron shells dry. Sprinkle them on half of the sprinkles, as you will want the other half to be used as the bottom of the macaron sandwich.
- Let the trays rest for 30-45 minutes until the shells are dry. Test this by touching a macaron gently with your finger. Depending on humidity levels and weather, it might take longer or less time for your macarons to dry.
- Pre-heat oven to 285ºF.
- Bake one tray at a time.
- Bake for a total of 20 minutes, or until the macarons are easily coming off the silicon mat.
- Remember to rotate the tray every 5 minutes, to ensure even baking.
- Baking time might vary depending on your oven.
- Let macarons cool down before filling.
Vegan Vanilla Buttercream
- Place the butter and shortening in the bowl of an electric mixer.
- Whip on medium for about 1 minute, until fluffy and combined.
- Add the powdered sugar and mix on low until combined. Raise speed and cream for another minute.
- Add vanilla.
- If you notice the buttercream is too stiff or dry, add a bit of non-dairy milk, or water, 1 teaspoon at a time.
- If the buttercream is too runny, maybe the butter is too hot. If the butter is room temperature, then maybe you need to add more powdered sugar to the buttercream.
- I divided my buttercream into 4 bowls and colored 3 of the bowls with blue, purple, and pink food coloring.
- Then, I laid a piece of plastic on the counter, and made one strip of each different color buttercream lengthwise on the plastic. Rolled the plastic onto a log, and inserted it in a piping bag fitted with my tip of choice.
- Pipe a dollop of buttercream on each bottom shell. Top with a shell with sprinkles.
- Make sure to let macarons mature in the fridge for 24-48 hours before serving. They will have a much better consistency and flavor.
- Let macarons sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before enjoying.
- Keep the macarons in the fridge for up to 7 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.