Lemon Frosting

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
Makes 3 1/2 cups frosting

Lemon juice and zest give this simple buttercream frosting a refreshing zing.


  • 1 ½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar (3 ½ cups), sifted

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus 1 teaspoon lemon zest, from 1 large lemon


  1. Beat butter with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and creamy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low. Add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating and scraping sides of bowl after each addition, about 5 minutes total. Add lemon juice and zest, and beat until frosting is smooth. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. (Bring to room temperature, and beat on low speed until smooth before using.)

Related Articles