Fresh Lemon Buttercream Frosting


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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.

Cupcake with lemon frosting on top in a yellow cupcake holder

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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.

Extra Lemony and Lovely

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.

Yellow cupcake with pile of lemon buttercream frosting on top

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Zester * Lemons *Reamer *

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Review Recipe

FRESH LEMON BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 12 people
Author Holly
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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.

Ingredients

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

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Instructions

  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.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 289, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 51mg, Sodium: 166mg, Potassium: 42mg, Carbohydrates: 32g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 12%, Vitamin C: 11.6%, Calcium: 1.8%, Iron: 0.9%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Lemon Buttercream

 

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! #Buttercream #Lemon #Frosting #Icing
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! #Buttercream #Lemon #Frosting #Icing

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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!

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