Lemon Buttercream Frosting

July 6, 2017
Loaded with fresh lemon juice and zest, this Lemon Buttercream Frosting packs fabulous lemon flavor ~ it's the perfect frosting for lemon lovers.

Lemon Buttercream Frosting ~ Loaded with fresh lemon juice and zest, this Lemon Buttercream Frosting packs fabulous lemon flavor. It's the perfect frosting for lemon lovers!  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

Lemon lovers, I have something unfortunate to share ~ my husband detests lemon desserts.  Which I completely don't understand.  I mean, how can one not like lemon desserts??  It's baffling to me, indeed.

But what it means for me is I can only make lemon desserts when I have someone to share them with.  Because seriously, while I'm sure I certainly could  eat an entire batch of lemon whatever, it's certainly not something I should  do.

So when I had the opportunity to make cupcakes for our daughter's 7th birthday party with our family, not only did I make her much-requested Funfetti Happy Birthday Cupcakes, I also seized the opportunity to whip up a batch of my favorite vanilla cupcakes topped with this super creamy, super tasty Lemon Buttercream Frosting.  It's the perfect frosting for lemon lovers.

Modeled after my ultra fluffy, sweet-but-not-too-sweet, loaded with great vanilla flavor homemade vanilla buttercream frosting, this Lemon Buttercream Frosting is loaded with flavor, too.  Using a good amount of fresh lemon juice and zest gives this frosting a fantastic lemon punch.  All while being not-too-sweet, too.

Loaded with fresh lemon juice and zest, this Lemon Buttercream Frosting packs fabulous lemon flavor ~ it's the perfect frosting for lemon lovers.

From a texture perspective, this lemon frosting is fluffy and creamy ~ a result achieved by beating the frosting ingredients very well at each step in the process.  

Because beating well = incorporating air.  And air = fluffy texture.
{You can read more about this process in my Homemade Vanilla Buttercream Frosting post.}

So while my non-lemon-loving husband didn't partake in enjoying these beautiful lemon frosting-topped cupcakes, the lemon lovers of our family sure did!  And let me just tell you, these tasty little lemon beauties were gone in a flash.

Homemade Lemon Frosting Image
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Lemon Buttercream Frosting
(Printable recipe)
  • 1 ½ c.  (3 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3 c. confectioners sugar
  • 3 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 T. lemon zest
  • 2 T. milk
  • pinch salt
  1. Beat butter in bowl of electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 1 minute.
  2. Reduce speed to low and add sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating for about 15 seconds between each addition. Increase speed to medium and beat until smooth, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add lemon juice, lemon zest, milk, and salt, beating on low speed to combine. Increase speed to medium and beat until fluffy, 3-4 minutes, stopping to scrape down sides once or twice.
NOTE:  Buttercream may be covered and kept at room temperature for several hours or refrigerated in an airtight container for a week.  Bring to room temperature before using.

Frosts one cake or about 18 cupcakes.


Please enjoy these other frosting favorites from The Kitchen is My Playground ...

Homemade Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Coffee Buttercream

How to Make 7-Minute Marshmallow Frosting

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  1. Unlike your husband, I love lemon and this frosting looks fabulous. I can't wait to try it. Thank you for sharing on the Pin Junkie link party. Pinned and Shared.

  2. I love the Lemon for your Buttercream Frosting! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen


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