Lemon Buttercream Frosting

  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10


Sweet and tangy lemon buttercream frosting that is so flavorful!



  • 1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 41/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 21/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 pinch salt, to taste


  1. Beat the butter until creamy, approximately 2 minutes. 
  2. Add confectioners sugar, lemon juice, heavy cream, and zest.
  3. Beat for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add salt if desired to cut down on the sweetness.
  5. If too thin, add up to 1/2 cup of confectioners sugar. If frosting is too thick, add up to 1/2 teaspoon of buttermilk to thin it out.


Stores for 1 week in the refrigerator.  This makes enough frosting to cover a dozen cupcakes or a 9×13 cake.

Recipe slightly adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction. 

Keywords: lemon buttercream frosting