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Lemon Buttercream Frosting

Categories: Frosting & Fillings

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This lemon buttercream is perfect for vanilla cake or cupcakes. Just the right amount of lemon and butter to compliment a delicate cake.


  • 1 lb. unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2 lbs. powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 2 tsp. lemon extract
  • zest from 2 lemons


Using the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter until creamy and lightened in color.  Add 1 cup of powdered sugar to the creamed butter and beat to combine, continue adding the powdered sugar 1 to 2 cups at a time until the mixture is lightly and fluffy. Add in the lemon extract and mix to combine.  If the mixture is too stiff, mix in 2-3 tablespoons of milk to reached desired consistency.