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Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

A lively lemon frosting made with cream cheese and butter for a rich topping for any cake.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert, Frosting
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 132kcal
Author: Tricia


  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 5 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons milk, as needed


  • In a medium mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, butter, lemon zest and vanilla. Blend until smooth.
  • Add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, blending after each addition.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of milk and blend for desired consistency. Add additional milk as needed, 1 teaspoon at a time.
  • Frost the cupcakes as desired. Store cupcakes and left over frosting in refrigerator. Remove cupcakes to room temperature 2 hours before serving.


Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. When multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.


Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 2mg | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg