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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
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Author: Tricia


  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • 1 1/2 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.