Lemon Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Lemon Buttercream Frosting Recipe

When life gives you lemons, make lemon buttercream frosting! This zesty lemon frosting recipe is perfect for all lemon lovers with its creamy texture and sweet zip of citrus flavor. Lemon buttercream is one of those frostings that goes on almost any dessert. We especially like it in combination with pound cakes, classic vanilla layer cakes, and lemon cakes (of course!). Add this light and tart lemon frosting to any of your sweet treats, including cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.
  • Prep20 min
  • Total Time20 min
  • Skill LevelBeginner
    Amount3 cups


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  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add lemon juice and zest; beat well.
  2. Gradually add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often.
  3. When all sugar has been mixed in, if frosting is dry, add additional juice (add to taste) or milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  4. Keep frosting covered with a damp cloth until ready to use. For best results, keep the frosting bowl in the refrigerator when not in use. Re-whip before using.


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