Lemon-Cream Cheese Frosting

"Today is Labor Day, and where we are in New Jersey, the rain is coming down in sheets:( Not the best way to bid farewell to summer; but we moved the party indoors:) My sister, sister-in-law, future sister-in-law, and mother are all gathered around the computer, posting lots of recipes, eating (of course!), and enjoying the inevitable "girl talk." All of our men are out on a "food run," and the kids are napping (yay!). But anyway, my sister came over with lemon cupcakes frosted with this sensational frosting (she had to wrap the platter in foil so her husband couldn't grab any away without her knowing!); and the girls are doing quite a job on them now! And don't worry, we've seized control and hid the cupcakes from the men:)!"
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Ready In:
2 cups, about




  • In a large bowl, cream together all ingredients until thick, smooth, and spreadable; use immediately.
  • Store frosted goods covered in the refrigerator; bring to room temperature before serving.

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  1. Wonderful lemon frosting, with just the right tang from the cream cheese. I used this as a topping on a bundt cake, so I thinned it out a little with additional lemon juice. But the recipe as written has the perfect consistency for frosting cakes or cookies. I would probably double the recipe for frosting a 13 x 9 inch cake.
  2. So good! I was making my dad a citrus cake for Father's Day. I used this for the frosting but added some orange zest and orange juice. It was super tasty and just the right combo of cream cheese and citrus tanginess!
  3. Yum! Double it for sure as only one batch is only enough for a small one layer cake. I also think if you can zest/shave your lemon peel more finely it will look better. I used a chunky grater and you could see the lemon peel in the frosting. It wasn't ugly but might be prettier if the peel was more fine.
  4. Double it! too good! Freezes well.
  5. Wow - this was really yummy and a cinch to make! Made the recipe for 3 cups to frost a 9x13 inch pan of lemon brownies. I'd probably add more lemon zest next time around and double the recipe to 4 cups if I were to do another 9x13.



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