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lemon buttercream frosting

(4 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Desiree Cleveland-Campos
Davis, CA

This is a super sweet and tangy lemon buttercream.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

We could eat this lemon buttercream with a spoon it's so good. We love that Desiree uses the natural flavor from the zest and fresh lemon juice things the frosting a bit. Add the juice a little at a time until the proper consistency is achieved so the frosting doesn't get too thin. It's super easy to make and so good. We topped a lemon cupcake with it and it was lemon heaven. This buttercream frosting recipe makes a lot of frosting. If you're making a layer cake, follow the ingredients as listed. If you're icing up to 24 cupcakes or a 9x13 cake, we'd suggest cutting the recipe in half.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(4 ratings)
prep time 15 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For lemon buttercream frosting

  • 2 c
    butter, softened
  • 1 lg
    lemon, zested
  • 1 lg
    lemon juiced (2 if not juicy)
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • pinch
    generous pinch of salt
  • 6 c
    powdered sugar

How To Make lemon buttercream frosting

  • Butter, lemon zest, salt, and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
    Cream the butter, lemon zest, salt, and vanilla.
  • Slowly adding powdered sugar to butter.
    Slowly add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time.
  • Adding lemon juice to batter.
    Alternating with the lemon juice.
  • Yellow gel food coloring added to buttercream frosting.
    Feel free to add yellow gel food coloring as I did.