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I really like frosting… as in LOVE it. Cupcakes are pretty good but I really actually consider them a vehicle for getting the frosting into my mouth.
This recipe is completely ridiculously amazing. I mean, fluffy homemade buttercream frosting with the flavor of fresh citrusy lemon. I’m not going to tell you how many times I licked the spoon.. but it was a lot! In my defense, it was my birthday week so I think it’s ok.
Using the rind of the lemon adds the best flavor making it extra lemony and lovely. I use the zest of two full lemons, you can certainly use more if you like. You can find tips on zesting lemons here but favorite tool is a Microplane grater. You may notice the little oils from the rind when you zest so I like to zest right over the bowl I’m using for the frosting to make sure I catch all of that beautiful zest.
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Fresh Lemon Buttercream Frosting
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- 2 lemons
- 1 cup butter
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 4 oz cream cheese
- Cream butter with mixer on medium until light and fluffy. Zest lemons and add into butter (you should have about 1 tablespoon lemon zest).
- Juice 1/2 of one of the lemons and add 2-3 tablespoons to butter mixture.
- Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time and beat until light and fluffy. Add softened cream cheese and beat until fluffy.
- Add more lemon juice if required to reached desired consistency.