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Lemon Icing

Updated: Mar 5

We have spoken several times about making your own icing at home. We think it is crazy for you to go out and buy the store-bought crap when you can quickly and easily make it at home.

As a matter of fact, my 3-year-old has done two different demonstrations to show that American Buttercream and quickly and easily be made at home. We have made our Vanilla American Buttercream, which you can get here and our Keto American Buttercream, which you can get here.

Both of them have adorable videos of our youngest baker helping whip together easy icing for us at home with simple ingredients.

Lemon American Buttercream

We also have shared with you a Pumpkin American Buttercream for the Fall, which you can get here. This recipe was developed by my 12 year old who wanted to do something with the extra pumpkin we had from Thanksgiving. We both enjoy pumpkin, so we loved making the Pumpkin American Buttercream.

Related Article: Sugar Cookie Recipe

Now that you have three other icing recipes already, we thought we would help expand your icing collection by providing you another simple yet tasty recipe. Today, we will tell you how to make a Lemon American Buttercream.

Recipe Yield: 2lb icing

Prep Time: 12 minutes

Max Hold Time: 1 month, air tight container, on counter

(Made with gluten friendly ingredients)


  • 2lbs unsalted butter (room temperature)

  • 60oz powdered sugar

  • 1oz lemon extract

  • zest of 1 lemon


Use whisk attachment to whisk together your butter, lemon extract, and lemon zest. Then add your powdered sugar. Leave on for 10 minutes and walk away. After 10 minutes you will have fluffy delicious lemon American Buttercream.

Important Reminders:

  • Use room temperature butter (leave it out the night before)

  • Do not skimp on the time. Whip it for the full 10 minutes to incorporate air into your icing

Lemon American Buttercream

Another important note to make about American Buttercream. Remember to check with your local health department to determine the required way to store American Buttercream. Each state has different regulations when it comes to the safety of the public and butter. Our local county, city, and state health department allows us to store American Buttercream at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 30 days.

Related Article: The Importance Of The Mixing Method

If you are too afraid to contact your local health department, then you should not be. We encourage you to work on changing your mindset around your local health department. If you have reserves about health code, health inspectors, and your health department, then you need to read our article, Love Your Health Inspector. We discuss why you need to look at the health department as an extension of your team. They should be considered an intricate part of your business. Learn why here.

If you found this recipe easy to follow, then we could love to get your feedback. Drop a comment on this post and tell us what you thought. Make sure that you check out some of the other great recipes that we have to offer on our site.

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