Lemon icing

    5 min

    Lemon icing made with butter, lemon juice, vanilla and icing sugar. So easy to make, a quick and delicious icing for your favourite cakes, fairy cakes and biscuits.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 115g butter
    • 2 tabelspoons lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 375g icing sugar

    Prep:5min  ›  Ready in:5min 

    1. Combine the butter, lemon juice, vanilla extract and icing sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add more icing sugar, or lemon juice to adjust the consistency as needed.

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    I made half the amount and it was quick, easy and delicious!  -  12 Jul 2012


    I FORGOT TO MENTION: FRESH LEMON JUICE IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST!! This is an absolutely fantastic recipe. It has actually become my base icing for many different things... 1. Omit the lemon and replace it w/ strawberry juice - and you have strawberry icing. 2. Make sure the butter is still fairly hard and add some body temperature melted chocolate and you have chocolate icing (again, omit the lemon!) 3. Add some very ripe mashed banana (just a tablespoon!) and you have delicious banana lemon icing. 4. Instead of lemon use a couple tablespoons of Bailey's Irish cream and you have a fantastic whippy icing for adults (absolutely delicious on chocolate cake)... I do have a couple tips regarding the original recipe. If you find the consistency to be too hard (which will very likely happen) I would not add more lemon unless you really like a very powerful lemon flavour. Instead add a few drops of milk or cream (it will not curdle if you add it once the other ingredients have already been beaten). Another way to combat too hard icing is to make sure your butter is absolutely at room temperature. Finally, for those on a tight budget - margerine works just fine!  -  05 Sep 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    soooooo good & soooo easy!! i tried the original recipe and liked it alot, then i tweaked it a bit and now i love it alot. i used 2 sticks of butter, a 2lb bag of powdered sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 5-6 tablespoons of lemon juice & proceeded as directed. I beat the daylights out of it and it came out very light & fluffy! absolutely fab-u-loso indeed! perfect lemon buttercream icing!  -  28 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)