A kitchen experiment gone right–combining several favorite recipes and a little tinkering along the way yielded delicious results.


  • 1 lb cream cheese
  • 1 lb butter
  • 4 t lemon zest
  • 7 T lemon juice
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 4 lb confectioner’s sugar


    Beat cream cheese, butter, lemon zest, half of lemon juice, and vanilla in mixer until creamy. Scrape down sides and beater at least once and beat again. Add half of powdered sugar and beat well. Scrape down sides and beater. Add remaining lemon juice and beat well. Scrape down sides and beater. Add remaining powdered sugar and eat well. Scrape down sides and beater again and then beat on high speed for 5-7 minutes to get fluffier texture. Yields a soft, spreadable frosting, a little soft for serious stacking or thick layers of of filling without refrigerating in stages, but delicious and worth the effort. Add more sugar for stiffer texture if desired.


jazycakes Says... 30 Jun 2011 , 11:37am

Sounds YUMMY, I love anything lemon. Silly question??? Does the T stand for teaspoon?

karukaru Says... 30 Jun 2011 , 4:46pm

Can this be left out of the fridge for a few or couple of days if I use it as a filling in a fondant covered cake ( in a house with AC)?

pammie212 Says... 1 Jul 2011 , 4:31am

lower case "t' is teaspoon, and capital "T" is tablespoon.

chefandbaker Says... 2 Jul 2011 , 8:39am

I actually use this recipe but sub 1/2 the butter for shortening, increase the zest to 1 T, and double the sugar (well, most times it's closer to 6 or 7 lbs). It pairs well with a triple lemon cake that I use for weddings. :)

littlenana Says... 4 Jul 2011 , 7:12pm

This sounds really good I will try it soon....

Jesa Says... 5 Jul 2011 , 5:17pm

I think this would be fine to leave out like you would a butter-based bc. I left it out unrefrigerated overnight and it maintained texture and flavor fine :)

nicunurse Says... 13 Jul 2011 , 12:16pm

Absolutely delicious!! I didn't change a thing! thank you for the recipe :)

BekkerG Says... 14 Jul 2011 , 11:34am

How many cups of icing does this yield? sounds delicious!

Jesa Says... 16 Jul 2011 , 8:29pm

I'm not sure how many cups--it was a lot though :) Specifically, enough to generously fill, crumb-coat, and thickly ice a 2-layer 10 inch round and a 2-layer 6 inch round with a good cup or so left over for the secret "hard times/spoons only" freezer stash.

bakingnewbie Says... 9 Aug 2011 , 11:29am

hi jesa, it sounds really yummy!!

I will be making my first anniversary cake for my parents (as I'm new to all of this, I will only be making a 9" cake)......what quantities would I use for that??? x

yetyet Says... 1 Sep 2011 , 8:17pm

can i use this as frosting in a cupcake? i would like to try this coz my eldest son loves anything about lemon..

OceanCityGirl Says... 3 Sep 2011 , 9:55am

Made this yesterday and WOW. Delicious! I thought the ingredients sounded like a lot so I halved it and I'm really glad I did. I had plenty to fill and crumb coat a 6" layer cake, an 8" layer cake, and 10 cupcakes :) It was just the right amount, had only a half a cup leftover! It's a great flavor, great texture. The lemon is very present but not overpowering. Will be my Go-To lemon buttercream from now on. Thanks for sharing!

Taramarie Says... 10 Sep 2011 , 3:46pm

This recipe was yummy. I put it on lemon cupcakes and everyone loved it. I only used about 3 lbs of p. sugar. This recipes does make a lot, I frosted 26 cupcakes and have probably 4 cups left (AT LEAST!).

nina4 Says... 15 Sep 2011 , 12:30pm

Has anyone tried this with the WASC or yellow cake?? I'm making my sister's baby shower cake next month and trying to decide what cake would go best with this. She loves lemons. I live 3 hrs away and will be taking the cake down on a Friday but the shower isn't until Saturday in the afternoon. Will it be ok if the cake is covered in MMF?

purrfectcakes Says... 27 Jan 2015 , 10:16am

Sounds so yummy! Can't wait to try this. What tip was used to ice the cupcake?

Jenny2451 Says... 27 Jan 2015 , 7:25pm

Generally speaking, lower case "t" stands for teaspoon while upper case "T" stands for tablespoon.

GloriCreations Says... 28 Jan 2015 , 9:28am

Also if you see 'tsp' in a recipe that stands for tea spoon as well.

GloriCreations Says... 28 Jan 2015 , 9:30am

Can't wait to try!!! Luv creamcheese frosting and lemon too. And I always add a little lemon juice to my cream cheese frosting! This will be worth the try!!

quilterba Says... 17 Feb 2015 , 2:42pm

What is WASC cake?

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