Rating: 4.56 stars
342 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 240
  • 4 star values: 72
  • 3 star values: 18
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 5

Great flavor and so creamy. Great on Daffodil cake.

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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Beat cream cheese, butter, lemon juice, lemon rind, and vanilla together until smooth and fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar in 2 additions. Beat until creamy. Add more icing sugar or juice as needed for easy spreading. Makes about 3 2/3 cups.

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Nutrition Facts

236 calories; protein 1.2g; carbohydrates 40.5g; fat 8.3g; cholesterol 24.6mg; sodium 66.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (280)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/06/2002
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/28/2011
it's supposed to be 5 OUNCES of sugar, not 5 cups! 5 oz is about 1-1/4 cups, spooned and leveled - which makes a really lovely frosting. This recipe has WAY too much sugar. Read More
(102)
342 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 240
  • 4 star values: 72
  • 3 star values: 18
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 4 stars
11/06/2002
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2005
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2003
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2013
This is a pretty basic recipe for cream cheese frosting. If you're looking for an especially sweet and tangy frosting, I would recommend omitting the vanilla extract and replacing it with another tbsp or so of lemon juice. More powdered sugar is what helps you achieve an excellent thick frosting for topping cupcakes with if you use a pastry bag and tip, or if you're in an especially crafty mood, piping out shells or roses and the like. It's what helps the icing hold its shape. If you prefer a thinner frosting you can use to spread over a cake, then, yes, you will want to use less powdered sugar. I personally find four cups to be enough, but that is just me. Rather than taking other reviews' word for this being "too thick" or "too thin," try adding the powdered sugar in 1/2 cup increments to achieve the frosting consistency you want. If it ends up a little thicker than you'd like, add a tbsp or so of milk at a time and mix it in well. Hope this helps, and happy frosting! ;) Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/28/2011
it's supposed to be 5 OUNCES of sugar, not 5 cups! 5 oz is about 1-1/4 cups, spooned and leveled - which makes a really lovely frosting. This recipe has WAY too much sugar. Read More
(102)
Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2006
I used a box butter cake mix recipe with lemon curd as the middle layer icing and the lemon cream cheese frosting for the outer layer. It was fantastic! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2005
This was such a good frosting to frost any cake take it from me if your looking for a good lemon frosting this is it! And i really dont know how anyone would get a glaze out of this you cant go wrong on that. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/11/2011
Decent enough as is but with so much powdered sugar a good deal of cream cheese flavor and its distinctive tang was unfortunately lost. This might be much better with 1-2 cups less sugar for a real cream cheesey taste. Very lemony - glad I chose to use it on a basic white cake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2003
This was a great recipe! Made it for my lemon cake that I used to only glaze. That will never happen again this frosting will always be on our lemon cake from now on. Baked it for my dad and took it to his resturant the next day he called wanting the recipe for 2 people. Thanks Carol Read More
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