Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting | Formidable Kitchen

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For those who’ve made my well-known cinnamon rolls or any of my wonderful carrot cake-flavored recipes, there’s a very good probability you’ve whipped up my go-to cream cheese frosting recipe.

With spring within the air, I needed to share a brand new, deliciously vivid, completely candy, barely tangy model of that recipe utilizing lovely citrus. This lemon cream cheese frosting is out-of-this-world creamy and requires simply 4 easy substances.

What are you able to pair it with? You realize I shared a few of my favourite methods to make use of it beneath, however belief me once I say you’ll need to begin with my NEW lemon blueberry candy rolls. Ring in spring with these unbelievable rolls, or use this luscious lemon cream cheese frosting in your fav desserts or brunch treats this season!

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What’s the distinction between cream cheese frosting and buttercream?

The distinction is within the identify! Cream cheese frosting has cream cheese whipped into it, reasonably than butter solely. This may create a frosting that has a slight tang and is famously used on cinnamon rolls and purple velvet muffins. Cream cheese frosting additionally has a barely thinner and smoother consistency than buttercream frosting, so that you received’t get these excellent, stiff peaks once you whip it up, but it surely’s completely scrumptious and SO versatile for tons of desserts.

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Substances in one of the best lemon cream cheese frosting

You’ll simply want 4 easy substances to take advantage of luscious, completely candy, and tangy lemon cream cheese frosting from scratch:

  • Cream cheese: that is what differentiates the frosting from a conventional buttercream! I like the slight tang that cream cheese provides to stability out the sweetness.
  • Butter: you’ll nonetheless want slightly room temperature butter to offer the frosting a fluffy texture. Be at liberty to make use of salted or unsalted butter.
  • Powdered sugar: this lemon cream cheese frosting is sweetened with powdered sugar (aka confectioners’ sugar) which additionally retains it fluffy.
  • Lemon: you’ll use each lemon zest and recent lemon juice for that vivid, lovely taste. I discover that this frosting has the right lemon taste with out utilizing lemon extract! It additionally provides the frosting a pale yellow colour, however when you’d like a bolder yellow be happy to make use of yellow meals coloring.

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Can I make it vegan or dairy free?

Completely! Simply use your favourite vegan / dairy free cream cheese (like Miyokos) and butter (like Earth Stability).

Can I make it refined sugar free?

Be at liberty to make use of my paleo powdered sugar as an alternative of standard powdered sugar on this cream cheese frosting recipe to maintain it refined sugar free. Word that it’s going to doubtless flip the frosting a darker colour as a result of it’s made with coconut sugar.

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make lemon cream cheese frosting

  1. Whip it on low velocity. Add the entire frosting substances to the bowl of an electrical stand mixer, and beat on low velocity to start out.
  2. Enhance to excessive velocity. Enhance the velocity to excessive and beat for 1-2 minutes till it’s easy and fluffy. That’s it!

No stand mixer? No downside.

For those who don’t have a stand mixer, be happy to whip up this lemon cream cheese frosting in a big bowl utilizing an electrical hand mixer, or by hand.

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retailer lemon cream cheese frosting

  • Within the fridge: this lemon cream cheese frosting will keep good in an hermetic container within the fridge for up 1 week.
  • Within the freezer: place the frosting in an hermetic glass container or freezer-friendly bag and retailer it within the freezer for as much as 3 months. Once you’re prepared to make use of it, merely let it thaw within the fridge, let it come to room temp, after which re-whip it in your electrical mixer.

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Our favourite methods to make use of this lemon cream cheese frosting

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I hope you like this lemon cream cheese frosting recipe! For those who make it remember to go away a remark and a score so I understand how you appreciated it. Take pleasure in, xo!

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Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

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Prep Time 10 minutes

Whole Time 10 minutes

Serves9 servings

Luscious lemon cream cheese frosting made with 4 easy substances and the right stability of candy, vivid, and tangy. This straightforward lemon cream cheese frosting may be made vegan or dairy-free, and is scrumptious on candy rolls, muffins, cookies, and extra!

Substances

  • 4 ounces (112g) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup (113g) powdered sugar
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice, to style

Directions

  • Within the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, lemon zest and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Beat on low velocity to start out, then enhance to medium-high velocity and blend till easy and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. (Alternatively, whisk the frosting by hand.) Instantly unfold in your favourite baked treats or refrigerate for as much as one week in an hermetic container.

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