Whipped Lemon Buttercream Frosting

Today we are talking about the best part of a cupcake – the frosting

When I signed up to make cupcakes for Kristen’s Bridal Shower, I knew I wanted to match the yellow party theme but wasn’t sure how. After a bit of thinking I decided to make lemon frosting for my vanilla cupcakes and add a lemon garnish.

 Using my Whipped Vanilla Buttercream recipe, I made a few zingy tweaks and voila – whipped lemon buttercream frosting! I can’t get over how delicious the frosting came out. Each girl ate at least two mini cupcakes at the shower and loved the lemon frosting.

 And since the recipe is just too easy and delicious not to share

Whipped Vanilla Buttercream 

1½ cups {3 sticks} unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 lb confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 tbsp. heavy cream
1 ½ tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

Zest from one large lemon {approx. 1 tbsp.}

Pinch of salt

a large bowl, whip the butter with an electric mixer on medium-high
speed until smooth (about 1 minute).  One cup at a time, add in the
confectioners’ sugar and mix on medium-low speed until incorporated. 
Add the salt.  Continue to beat on medium-high speed until smooth (about
1-2 minutes). Mix in the heavy cream, lemon juice and zest on low speed until
well blended.  Increase the mixer speed and whip on high speed until
light and fluffy, scraping down the bowl as needed (about 4-5 minutes).

Yields 2 dozen cupcakes

*Note: don’t substitute the fresh lemon juice for store bought. Just don’t.




  1. Bekah @ re·solve
    May 8, 2013 / 1:55 pm

    AMEN to the don't substitute. UGH.

  2. Rachel's Country Roots
    May 8, 2013 / 2:02 pm

    How do you get them to look that perfect?

  3. Elaine
    May 8, 2013 / 2:19 pm

    Love the addition of lemon! Such a bright, lively flavor and color for spring 🙂

  4. Maran (HeyHawleywood)
    May 8, 2013 / 2:29 pm

    "just don't".. HA!!! I love anything lemon. yummmmmmm

  5. Heidi
    May 8, 2013 / 2:42 pm

    Those are so perfect! I love the lemon wedges on top!

  6. [darci @ the good life]
    May 8, 2013 / 3:06 pm

    Friend. You are out of control amazing. Honestly, when I think of heaven, I imagine that it smells like whipped lemon buttercream frosting. Ps – how's the lemon tree doing!?

  7. CurlyQ1703
    May 8, 2013 / 3:37 pm

    They look so delicious. I might have to try this next month at my girls night. Maybe with a lemon gummy slice.

  8. Kelly
    May 8, 2013 / 4:29 pm

    Those look a-maz-ing.

  9. Colleen @ TwoDelighted
    May 8, 2013 / 4:48 pm

    Ummm how delicious do these look? How do you make the frosting so fancy?

  10. aHc
    May 8, 2013 / 8:31 pm

    Love it!xoxo,aHcwonderfulseabreeze.blogspot.com

  11. Nicole-Lynn
    May 8, 2013 / 11:14 pm

    They look so good!

  12. Jo & Ant
    May 11, 2013 / 9:57 am


  13. Lori Lawrie
    August 11, 2013 / 12:56 pm

    I think you mean don't substitute store bought for fresh squeezed lemon juice. Yum!

  14. Kelly
    September 22, 2013 / 2:07 pm

    Which mixer attachment should you use? The paddle or whisk attachment? Thanks!

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