Easy Lemon Frosting Recipe (Lemon Buttercream)

Lemon Frosting Recipe

Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Quick and easy lemon frosting recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Loaded with tangy cream cheese, lemon juice, zest, extract. Soft, fluffy, creamy!

Servings: 3 cups
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: citrus frosting, easy frosting, homemade
Calories: 1056 kcal
Author: Abeer


  • 1/2 cup Butter Unsalted, Room temperature
  • 1 box Cream cheese Full fat, 8 oz. package
  • 1 tsp Lemon extract
  • 1/4 cup Lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Lemon zest
  • 5 cups Powdered sugar
  • Yellow gel coloring


  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together butter and cream cheese until smooth.

  2. Add lemon extract, lemon juice, lemon zest and mix until combined.

  3. Gradually mix in powdered sugar (1/2 cup at a time) until frosting is smooth and creamy. 

  4. Add some yellow gel coloring (quantity is based on how intense you want the yellow shade) and mix until color is evenly distributed. 

  5. Cover bowl and chill in the fridge for 20-30 minutes to make it slightly firmer, which makes easier to pipe perfect swirls. This is an optional step but I do this with most of my frostings. Enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Frosting Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1056 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 19g95%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 275mg11%
Potassium 20mg1%
Carbohydrates 201g67%
Sugar 196g218%
Vitamin A 945IU19%
Vitamin C 10.5mg13%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.