Lemon Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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!).
Makes: 3 Cups
Skill Level: None
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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.

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solid vegetable shortening

1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening


1/2 cup butter (softened)

lemon juice

2 tablespoons lemon juice

lemon zest

1 teaspoon lemon zest

confectioner's sugar

4 cups (approx. 1 lb.) confectioner's sugar (sifted)

Additional lemon juice or milk

Additional lemon juice or milk ((optional))



Electric mixer

Electric mixer

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Lemon Buttercream Frosting is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from recipe format I really wish Wilton would go back to publishing the ingredients and instructions together on the same pages. It is a pain to have to go back and forth and to print both.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious! This was a simple and delicious recipe. Just the right amount of lemon to compliment the lemon cake I frosted. I substituted cream cheese for the shortening and it was extra rich. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I put this buttercream on a lemon cake and it was absolutely delicious. I'd like to try it on cupcakes but I don't think it would be stiff enough for piping.
Date published: 2013-08-10
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