Delicious and versatile sour cream frosting to go with all types of pound cake.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, mix together the butter, sour cream, vanilla, lemon juice and salt. Stir in confectioners' sugar, and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.

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Nutrition Facts

162 calories; 0.3 g protein; 27.8 g carbohydrates; 14.4 mg cholesterol; 81.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (126)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2007
I was searching the internet for a good recipe and I found it here today! I needed something different for my poppy seed cake and decided to try this sour cream frosting and it was just delicious. This is definately a keeper. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
05/17/2010
way too much confectioners' sugar. i didn't even bother to use it. Read More
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145 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 93
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 11
  • 1 star values: 12
Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2007
I was searching the internet for a good recipe and I found it here today! I needed something different for my poppy seed cake and decided to try this sour cream frosting and it was just delicious. This is definately a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2007
This is the best frosting Ive ever tasted. I like it better than cream cheese frosting and I will definetely make this again. Some people said this is more like a sauce than a frosing, but mine was more like frosting, so I don't know what they did wrong. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2011
I find this recipe very versatile since I can change it from a dipping sauce perfect for fruit to a frosting for my scones and tea breads. No alterations to the ingredients list or directions needed. Some Troubleshooting Tips: Reading over reviews, I noticed some people had thick, spreadable frosting, while others had something runnier, like a sauce or dip. It could be the sour cream. The moisture content of your sour cream is going to determine your results, with a thick, stick-to-the-spoon sour cream producing a thicker frosting, and a goopy, watery sour cream producing a dipping sauce. By some fluke, an "old fashioned" local brand went on sale, and for the first time I encountered a sour cream that didn't have a layer of water sitting on top. It was as thick as cream cheese, and I originally worried something was wrong with it. Used it to make scones. Used it for this recipe. It has become a staple in my fridge. If I need to, I can always add milk or water to change the consistency. Also, allow the butter to come to room temperature. From experience, this could take a few hours. Heating or microwaving your butter to soften it will produce something closer to an icing, not a frosting. If you are baking or cooking, keep it away from heat, since you need your butter softened, not melted. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2008
I thought this was perfect. I didn't think it was too thin like other reviewers commented. The flavor was great. It was reminiscent of cream cheese frosting. Very good and very versatile. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2006
I made this for some valentine's day cookies I made, because I didn't have any cream cheese in the fridge, but had lots of sour cream. I added red food coloring to make it a nice pink color. It was delicious! It made a lot, so, to use up the extra I made cinnamon rolls. I enjoyed it even more on these. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2011
This is great!! Mine came out like a frosting as well instead of thin. I would say to make sure the butter is softened NOT melted like many people tend to do. Also gradually add the lemon juice and vanilla extract so as not to make it soupy. I love this recipe and I will put it to use on all of my pound cakes. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/27/2007
This is extremely tasty. A good alternative to cream cheese frosting. Like others said this is more of a glaze that's why I gave it a 4. It's very thin but delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2007
This was delicious! I put it over cupcakes and couldn't stop eating them! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2012
Like many others I was out of cream cheese and the carrot cake needed frosting. Delicious! This may be my new favorite frosting. Very easy. Ingredients anyone would have on hand. I think the variance in the consistency by reviewers is due to the sour cream - stiff or watery? Mine was a bit watery compared to others I have purchased. So I slowly added a bit more confectioners sugar than called for until I reached the desired consistency. In total I added about 3/4 cup of extra confectioners sugar. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
05/17/2010
way too much confectioners' sugar. i didn't even bother to use it. Read More
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