Lemon Frosting Recipe

Embarassingly EASY!

lemon frosting recipe

First paragraph This lemon frosting recipe is part of my lemon dessert recipes collection. It is so embarassingly easy - I hesitated to even post it. BUT it goes soooo well with the yogurt cake and the lemon pound cake ! And to think the combo was my kids suggesstion. "Out of the mouth of babes..."

This frosting is no deep dark secret. It sits in that Betty Crocker stand by all cookbook. The one with the red and white cover (and burn marks if it's mine). This will pair well with several of the other Italian cakes on my site - (like the sour cream cake !). Scroll below to see the photos and recipe links to these!

Only three ingredients - and a REAL lemon is a must. This frosting is a trillion times better than any frosting in a can! And yes, you NEED to use real lemons. No plastic fake fruit gross tasting lemon juice! Please! Your store has lemons. Pick one up!

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Lemon Frosting Recipe

YIELD: A little over a cup


* 2 cups of powdered sugar

* 5 tablespoons of butter

* 1 tsp of lemon zest

* 1 - 2 teaspoons of lemon juice


* Place butter over medium heat in a saucepan.

* Melt and add powdered sugar.

* Stir until all the lumps are gone.

* Add grated lemon zest.

* Kind of eye the lemon juice - it all depends on how runny or thick you want your frosting.

* I mean, for something so good - it's only max to put together. (No, that doesn't include clean up time)

Straight outta Betty Crocker cook book

Can I use margarine instead of butter?

Yeah, you can. I'm just a margarine-hater. I think I've maybe bought it twice in my life - and I'm over 50 years old.

Why a real lemon and not juice?

Fresh is always best! And that stuff in the little plastic lemon ISN'T fresh! It doesn't matter what they advertise! That lemon juice has sat in that plastic long enough to taste like plastic lemon. Just buy a lemon, really!

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