Fresh Lemon Buttercream Frosting
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How to Make Fresh Lemon Buttercream Frosting
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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.
Items You’ll Need For This Recipe
- 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.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)