Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Bright, tangy, and perfect for all sorts of baked goods.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
Photo: Alison Miksch
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
Makes about 3 1/2 cups

This is a very soft frosting, perfect for spreading over a sheet cake or topping crisp cookies. If you use it for a layer cake, reduce the lemon juice to 1 Tbsp.


  • 1 1/2 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

  • 1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest


  1. Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; add lemon juice, beating just until blended. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended; stir in lemon zest.

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