Lemon-Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

This rich, buttery, and citrusy frosting is delicious piped atop a Bundt cake (like our 7UP Bundt Cake), slathered on a sheet cake, or mounded on top of cupcakes—basically any dessert that needs a creamy topping with a hit of citrus. Fresh lime juice and fresh lemon and lime zest add a bright note to this decadent cream cheese frosting. To recreate this thick, ropy look, spoon the frosting into a piping bag or heavy-duty ziplock plastic bag. Cut a 1-inch hole in the corner of the bag, and pipe frosting in a roped pattern over the top and sides of the cake.

7-UP Bundt Cake
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
2 cups


  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, plus 1 1/2 tsp. fresh juice (from 1 lemon)


  1. Beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Gradually add sugar, beating on low speed until combined, about 1 minute. Add lime juice, lemon zest, and lemon juice, beating until combined, about 30 seconds.

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