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Lemon Buttercream Icing

Lemon Buttercream is one of those icings that goes on almost any dessert. We especially like it in combination with Margarita Cupcakes, White Grape Juice Cupcakes and Lemon cakes (of course!).


Difficulty: Easy


  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 4 cups (approx. 1 lb.) confectioner's sugar sifted
  • Additional lemon juice or milk (optional)


About 3 cups.


  • Electric mixer


Step 1

In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add lemon juice and zest; beat well. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, if icing is dry, add additional juice or milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.

Step 2

Keep icing covered with a damp cloth until ready to use. For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not in use. Re-whip before using.