Perfectly balance Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting. It's silky, slightly tart, and a little sweet. Everything you'd expect with cream cheese and lemon-flavored frosting!
Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
My 7 Minute Frosting has also been a huge hit!
My latest and most favorite is lemon cream cheese frosting. This one took several tries to get right. It's finicky because cream cheese frosting is already soft. It's not a frosting that holds up well against intricate piping. Then, if you add lemon curd to the mix, it can get all sorts of soupy.
To counterbalance the soupiness, you have to add a billion pounds of powdered sugar. Then you end up with a frosting that's overly sweet and toothachey.
I was on a mission to have a happy balance of creamy, tangy, and sweet.
I chose lemon curd because it offers the most natural lemon flavor without being too wet. Lemon juice simply wouldn't work here. You can add some lemon zest if you find the frosting isn't quite lemony enough, but I was pleased with the lemon curd alone.
My biggest tip for frosting success is to make sure the cream cheese, butter, and lemon curd are at room temperature. It's so much easier to get them mixed together that way.
What you'll get with this Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:
- Creamy & silky
- Not too sweet
- Real lemon flavor
- Kind of tastes like lemon cheesecake!
Let's go over the full list of ingredients and how to combine them.
Cream cheese and butter. Mix these two together first. Make sure they are at room temperature and beat them together until they are smooth and creamy.
Powdered sugar, lemon curd, vanilla extract, and salt. Toss all of these in at the same time once the cream cheese and butter are smooth. Start the mixer on low speed so the powdered sugar doesn't go flying all over the place then once it's almost combined, turn the mixer up to high and beat for a couple of minutes.
Get the flavor just right:
Taste it here and if you feel like it's just not lemony enough for you, add the zest of one lemon. But, resist adding more lemon curd as this could throw off the texture and consistency of the frosting.
Everyone raved about this frosting and claimed that it tasted like cheesecake. I'll agree with that!
The cupcakes pictured with the frosting are my favorite vanilla cupcakes. They pair so wonderfully with lemon cream cheese frosting. I bet these lemon cupcakes or lemon cake would also be to die for with this frosting!