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Lemon Buttercream

Lemon cupcakes

Lemony buttercream frosting!

Lemon buttercream frostingLast week I posted my recipe for lemon curd. This week lemon buttercream frosting. There is definitely lemon in the air around my house! 

When making buttercream frosting there are a couple of tips to keep in mind:

  • Make certain your butter is at room temperature. I usually let mine sit out on the counter for at least one hour before I will use it.
  • Begin whipping your butter first, before adding other ingredients. This helps make certain your butter is nice and creamy.
  • If your powdered sugar is lumpy, sift it through a sieve before using. The lumps don’t disappear when you add the powdered sugar to the butter.
  • Always add the lesser amount of recommended liquid. Sometimes you won’t need to add any additional liquid or your buttercream will be too runny.
  • If buttercream is too thick, just add a bit more liquid.
  • This buttercream recipe does not hold up well in the heat. If it’s too warm for a stick of butter to hold its shape, the buttercream won’t hold its shape either.
  • Refrigerate buttercream as needed. Just let it come back to room temperature before using.
  • Use fresh squeezed lemon juice and don’t skimp on the zest.
5 from 2 votes
Lemon buttercream frosting
Lemon Buttercream Frosting
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Lemony buttercream

Course: Dessert
Author: Kathy
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 2-4 Tablespoons lemon juice fresh squeezed
  1. Place butter in bowl of a stand mixer. Mix until soft and creamy. 

  2. Mix in lemon zest. 

  3. Mix powdered sugar into buttercream one cup at a time. 

  4. Mix in lemon juice 1 tablespoon at a time. 

Recipe Notes

Keep left over frosting covered in fridge for up to a week. Bring to room temperature and stir before using.

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  • Reply
    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    May 20, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Nothin’ better than butter cream frosting- it’s good enough to eat (the whole bowl) on it’s own! I remember your Butter Cream recipe from one year ago (my, time does fly)! I like this recipe better, since it has all butter, rather than combining with margarine.

    • Reply
      May 24, 2017 at 5:13 am

      I love using all butter. It has such great flavor. Sometimes when the weather is too warm I use a mixture. Otherwise the buttercream just doesn’t hold up.

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    David @ Spiced
    May 22, 2017 at 5:39 am

    I totally agree that lemon is in the air! I always crave lemon flavored desserts in the Spring and Summer. 🙂 And I agree with Fran that this is a killer frosting recipe. I love that it’s all butter!

    • Reply
      May 23, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      Lemons are super refreshing and add so much flavor! I love ’em.

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    May 22, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Love the tips, and love this lemon buttercream. It’s probably my favorite flavor of buttercream. I want to reach into my screen and grab that yummy looking cupcake Kathy!

    • Reply
      May 23, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      It’s one of my favorites too!

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    May 22, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Love lemon and lemon desserts! Great use of the lemon curd! So decadent 🙂 I would be so tempted to eat this as is, straight up, no cupcake or anything needed, lol. Cheers to a great week!

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      May 23, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      It’s okay to just eat the buttercream! I won’t tell anyone. 🙂

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    [email protected]
    May 24, 2017 at 3:49 am

    I love lemon flavored desserts! this buttercream looks perfect!!

    • Reply
      May 24, 2017 at 4:59 am

      I agree, Manali!

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    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    May 24, 2017 at 7:14 am

    I want to eat all those cupcakes and all that frosting for breakfast!! My Hubby’s favorite kind of dessert is anything lemon so I’ll have to make him a cake and use this frosting. He’ll love it!

    • Reply
      May 25, 2017 at 4:57 am

      He would love this lemon buttercream!

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    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    May 24, 2017 at 7:28 am

    I just love lemon desserts and this buttercream looks and sounds amazing!

    • Reply
      May 25, 2017 at 5:00 am

      Thanks, Nicoletta. The lemon really shines through in this buttercream.

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    [email protected]
    May 25, 2017 at 5:15 am

    Mmmm – I just love lemon desserts! The only thing I need to get better at is remembering to pull the butter out of the fridge an hour before! Please tell me I’m not the only one who does that?! 😉 This recipe is lovely!

    • Reply
      May 25, 2017 at 6:03 am

      You are so right….remembering to take the butter out ahead of time is the toughest part!

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    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    May 25, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Lemon is one of my favorite dessert flavors. I love this buttercream and great tips!

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    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    May 25, 2017 at 7:18 am

    This is indeed time for lemon flavored desserts. This lemon buttercream sounds just wow, Kathy. Wonderful tips.

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    May 25, 2017 at 7:31 am

    YES! Gimme all the lemon flavored everything! Especially buttercream frosting! This looks absolutely delicious! I could honestly eat this frosting with a spoon! Cheers, friend!

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    Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss
    May 25, 2017 at 11:12 am

    I love love love this lemon buttercream & that it’s made with just a few ingredients. I love making chocolate buttercream with just powdered sugar, milk and cocoa powder. Sometimes simple is just the BEST! This buttercream would be amazing on a cupcake I’m sure!

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    [email protected]
    May 25, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    haha lemon in the air is always a good thing!! This buttercream sounds sooo good! And such a perfect flavor for warmer weather!

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    stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    May 25, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Wow, first lemon curd, now lemon buttercream? Just fine by me, I could eat lemon all day long. This buttercream looks indulgent! Take care.

    • Reply
      May 31, 2017 at 4:44 am

      It gets even better….lemon cupcakes! 🙂

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    Pamela (BrooklynFarmGirl)
    May 26, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Yum! It looks so good!

    • Reply
      May 31, 2017 at 4:41 am

      Super buttery and lemony! It just doesn’t get any better. 🙂

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