This frosting can be used on any yellow or white layer cake. It's very good even on a box mix.

Tammy
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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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  • Combine sugar and cornstarch in heavy saucepan add water and stir until heated, set aside.

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  • Beat egg yolks and add lemon juice, stir in small amount of sugar mixture to warm yolks. Combine yolk and sugar mixtures, add butter and return to heat.

  • Bring to a rolling boil, stirring constantly until thickened. Mixture will resemble pudding. Cool slightly and spread on cooled cake. Makes enough to frost and fill one 8 inch four layer cake.

Nutrition Facts

187.9 calories; 0.8 g protein; 27.9 g carbohydrates; 71.5 mg cholesterol; 56.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (32)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/03/2009
The description of this is very misleading in that it is a lemon filling or lemon curd not a frosting. Having said that this has a more mellow lemon flavor than other similar recipes but is also much richer which I liked since I used it as as the filling for the three layer Rainbow Citrus Cake also from this site. In hindsight I'd add two or three teaspoons of lemon zest for more tartness and flavor but it really was fine as is. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/27/2004
I didn't like this at all. It was much to eggy for a frosting my family and I thought it was terrible. Read More
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33 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
09/03/2009
The description of this is very misleading in that it is a lemon filling or lemon curd not a frosting. Having said that this has a more mellow lemon flavor than other similar recipes but is also much richer which I liked since I used it as as the filling for the three layer Rainbow Citrus Cake also from this site. In hindsight I'd add two or three teaspoons of lemon zest for more tartness and flavor but it really was fine as is. Read More
(42)
Rating: 4 stars
09/03/2009
The description of this is very misleading in that it is a lemon filling or lemon curd not a frosting. Having said that this has a more mellow lemon flavor than other similar recipes but is also much richer which I liked since I used it as as the filling for the three layer Rainbow Citrus Cake also from this site. In hindsight I'd add two or three teaspoons of lemon zest for more tartness and flavor but it really was fine as is. Read More
(42)
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2009
Very good!! I replaced 1/4C of the water with an additional 1/4C lemon juice and added an additional 1TBS of cornstarch so it would make a nice thick filling for my white cake. I frosted it with homemade whipped cream--delicious combo!! Thank you for this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2003
This recipe was so awesome!! I dreamed about it! I used it with a butter yellow cake mix and used fresh whipped whipping cream as an icing. Every one was crazy about it!! I love you Tammy!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2008
I thought I was in big trouble - had been doing a massive amount of baking and had miscounted how many eggs I required. Substituted a half cup of lemon yogurt and it worked. No one suspected a thing and it topped my Greek Lemon Cake beautifully. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/27/2004
I didn't like this at all. It was much to eggy for a frosting my family and I thought it was terrible. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2012
I added zest of 1 med-large lemon. I also reduced the sugar to 1C & reduced the butter to 1/4C just because I didn't see the need for all of that extra saturated fat & sugar. Came out tasting like the lemon curd from a meringue pie (only better imo) Yummy yum yum!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
Tastes like lemon merrange filling! Very good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/26/2003
Make sure you use butter not spread Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2003
This Filling/Icing is AMAZING. It is very easy and soo good! It is a little sweet but very Delicious! Like another poster said it is like meringue. I used it as an icing for my butter cake and it was Great! Read More
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