Lemon Icing?????

Baking By NanaCin Updated 13 Jun 2011 , 5:55pm by deuceofcakes

NanaCin Posted 8 Jun 2011 , 11:32am
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I would like to make a cake for my brothers birthday and he loves lemon icing. Never made lemon icing before and was wondering if any has a recipe they would want to share.

Any help appreciated. icon_smile.gif

15 replies
Julie53 Posted 8 Jun 2011 , 12:12pm
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Hi- just a quick response... you can take your favorite buttercream frosting and either add Limoncello(Italian Lemon flavored liquor) or just add pure lemon extraxct to it
. This will give you a nice lemon flavor.

Alery Posted 8 Jun 2011 , 12:33pm
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The same basic idea as Julie53, I take my buttercream and add some fresh lemon juice and zest from a lemon. Just add a little at a time (about 1 tsp zest & 1 tbsp juice at first) until you get the right flavor.

ljchevygirl Posted 8 Jun 2011 , 12:35pm
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I had a neighbor who wanted lemon icing and I just added the pure lemon extract instead of vanilla in my buttercream and she loved it.

NanaCin Posted 8 Jun 2011 , 12:58pm
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Thanks for all the suggestions, I was wondering do all of you make your buttercream with shortening or just all butter. I have made it both ways.

Thanks again.

ljchevygirl Posted 8 Jun 2011 , 2:51pm
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I make mine with shortening. I haven't tried it with butter yet.

EmmyNoah Posted 8 Jun 2011 , 3:09pm
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I make a swiss meringue buttercream and then add lemon curd at the end . It is really great.

bakemeacake78 Posted 8 Jun 2011 , 3:12pm
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I use shortening in my buttercream, and for my lemon icing I just use my standard buttercream recipe and use lemon bakery emulsion as the flavoring. AMAZING

SweetSuzieQ Posted 13 Jun 2011 , 4:28pm
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Originally Posted by EmmyNoah

I make a swiss meringue buttercream and then add lemon curd at the end . It is really great.

That just made my mouth water!!! LOL

EmmyNoah Posted 13 Jun 2011 , 4:31pm
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It really is goodicon_smile.gif

Mikail Posted 13 Jun 2011 , 4:49pm
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I use the IMBC and lemon curd recipe from Whimsical Bakehouse. Wonderful and everyone loves it. You can look up their recipes on their website. Not sure if they have the curd though...

srkmilklady Posted 13 Jun 2011 , 4:53pm
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Originally Posted by EmmyNoah

I make a swiss meringue buttercream and then add lemon curd at the end . It is really great.

Oh, that made my mouth water too! Is there a ratio of how much lemon curd to SMBC you use? I'm just wondering how much it might change the texture of the buttercream.

Thanks.... icon_smile.gif

EmmyNoah Posted 13 Jun 2011 , 4:59pm
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I usually go by taste. Make the SMBC as normal - even adding the vanilla. Then just start adding a cup of the curd and mixing and tasting, until you have reached the taste that you really like.

kdbohm Posted 13 Jun 2011 , 5:17pm
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I have used this one two different times and it turns out really good. I used a combination of lemon juice and lemon extract.

leah_s Posted 13 Jun 2011 , 5:37pm
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I use icing fruits to flavor icing (and cake.) Great line of products.

deuceofcakes Posted 13 Jun 2011 , 5:55pm
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I've made it both ways: SMBC made with butter and added lemon curd (not sure how much), which gives the icing a pale yellow color and is really good, or SMBC with a combination of lemon zest, fresh lemon juice and both lemon and vanilla extracts, starting with a tablespoon of the juice and a teaspoon of each extract, until I have a flavor I like. You need the lemon extract or you'll end up adding too much liquid (lemon juice) to the buttercream. This ends up staying more of a creamy color (more white than yellow). The good news is that either way, you can't go wrong. The curd route is certainly more work and takes longer, especially if you make your own curd.

Regardless of how you make it, the lemon goes wonderfully with seedless raspberry jam (take a good quality raspberry jam and pass it through a strainer). Put a thin layer of the jam next to the buttercream in between the layers. Yum!

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