Fresh Lemon Buttercream Frosting

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This Fresh Lemon Buttercream is easy to make and results in a deliciously luscious frosting that is light and citrusy. Perfect on cupcakes, banana cake and we won't judge if you eat it with a spoon!

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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.

This Fresh Lemon Buttercream is easy to make and results in a deliciously luscious frosting that is light and citrusy. Perfect on cupcakes, banana cake and we won't judge if you eat it with a spoon!

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Zester * Lemons *Reamer *

Fresh Lemon Buttercream Frosting

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.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 lemons
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 oz cream cheese

Directions:

  1. Cream butter with mixer on medium until light and fluffy. Zest lemons and add into butter (you should have about 1 tablespoon lemon zest).
  2. Juice 1/2 of one of the lemons and add 2-3 tablespoons to butter mixture.
  3. Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time and beat until light and fluffy. Add softened cream cheese and beat until fluffy.
  4. Add more lemon juice if required to reached desired consistency.

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Fresh Lemon Buttercream Frosting. One of my favorite recipes! This luscious buttercream is packed with fresh lemon flavor and perfect on cake, banana bread and more!

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Holly Nilsson

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

44 comments on “Fresh Lemon Buttercream Frosting”

  1. You had me at lemon, I’m a sucker for anything lemon and this frosting looks divine!

  2. I have a serious weakness for citrus treats! Loving this buttercream recipe! It’s a good excuse to make some cupcakes!

  3. This looks delicious — if only I didn’t eat Sprinkles cupcakes at work yesterday, I would want to make these immediately :)

  4. The perfect buttercream for summer – love the bright citrus flavor you’ve given it by using the lemon zest.

  5. I’m making cupcakes for a friend’s wedding that is coming up. This frosting would be perfect for some of the cupcakes!

  6. Love that beautiful yellow color of the frosting!

  7. I feel you. Frosting…and buttercream. The freshness of the lemon would make this downright heavenly.

  8. Anything lemon is my faveee! Loving this buttercream!

  9. I think frosting is the best part as well! Love the flavor!

  10. I could put this on so much stuff! I love lemon!

  11. I just love this lemon frosting recipe! Also was looking over some of your other recipes can’t wait to try them.

  12. I just made this frosting and it is DELICIOUS – sweet, but not too sweet! Thanks for sharing!!!

  13. sounds great!

  14. I so love lemon. But, I’m trying to eat healthy…I wonder if this would be good on cauliflower? Maybe I could dip carrots in it!!!

  15. Not only beautiful but these were delicious. The lemon bittercream is one of the best frosting I’ve ever made. Thank you☺

  16. Holly, this recipe is absolutely divine! I am definitely going to use this for future lemon cakes, thank you for this! ~Ashley :)

  17. Does this frosting hold its shape for piping cupcakes?

  18. The above is cream cheese frosting, not buttercream! completely different.

  19. Hi, do you think this would stand up to being outside in the heat for about 2 hours during a picnic potluck? It would make the perfect topping for strawberry lemonade cupcakes!

  20. This looks amazing. Would it work on cakes too? I really want to try this.

  21. Hi can this buttercream be made without cream chesse

  22. These recipes look delicious, thanks for sharing them, I have tons of zucchini this year, looking forward to trying all your recipes

  23. The hey holly, I found your site today and made the lemon buttercream icing and it is absolutely, positively ,unbelievably delicious! This is now my favorite icing of all time. Thank you so much for posting and sharing!

  24. Awesome topping for lemon zucchini cupcakes

  25. What do you mean by powerded​ sugar? I’m guessing icing sugar

  26. Love all your recipe. But we pucker up for lemon in my house doesn’t stay around very long. Just love the icing.

  27. Mine won’t pipe like in the picture.
    All the same ingredients.
    Do I have to beat longer to thicken?

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