Creamy lemon icing

    30 min

    This is a lovely cream cheese lemon icing that is glorious on carrot cakes or cupcakes and even banana cake.

    264 people made this

    Makes: 500 g

    • 225g cream cheese, softened
    • 60g butter
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon lemon rind/zest
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 600g icing sugar

    Prep:30min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Beat cream cheese, butter, lemon juice, lemon rind and vanilla extract together until smooth and fluffy. Add the icing sugar in batches, then beat until creamy. Add more icing sugar or juice as needed for easy spreading.

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    The general idea of the recipe is great, but it's way too much sugar. I prepared the frosting with 1 1/2 cups of sugar, and even then it was a bit on the sweet side, so I added more lemon juice. But with these adjustments, it was great.  -  27 Mar 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I almost didn't make this because another review complained about it being too thin and more like a glaze than a frosting. Glad I tried it anyway! Don't know what that other reviewer did wrong but this is great frosting. I did have to add 2 more teaspoons of lemon juice to get the spreading consistency I needed, but that's not a problem. This great tasting frosting not only spread beautifully but it also pipes well and holds its shape. I'd happily recommend this to anyone looking for a lemon cake frosting.  -  19 Apr 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Great frosting!! I did make a few adjustments though. Used 3 Tablespoons of lemon juice instead of two, and only used 4 cups of powdered sugar. The result was sweet, tangy, and delectable. Kind of reminded me of lemon meringue pie.  -  20 Sep 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)