Lemon Buttercream Icing

Jun 20, 2021 | Food, Sweets

Happy Wednesday everyone!  I’ve been wanting to share this Lemon Buttercream Icing recipe with you for some time now.  Our godson turned 1 in April and although he had his birthday party, I wanted to do something for him at our house.  I had been craving some lemony sweetness and found this recipe on Homemade In The Kitchen.  I ordered a special birthday cake from Gus’s Goodies but thought these Lemon Buttercream Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Icing were a nice addition.  I chose turquoise and yellow as the birthday colors and decorated the cupcakes with yellow, green, and blue crystals to match the birthday plates I found on Amazon.

Rather than making the cake batter myself, I bought a box of lemon cake mix and made the buttercream icing homemade!  I put a little twist on the icing recipe (as I always do) which you will see in the recipe card.  

Lemon Buttercream Icing | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Lemon Buttercream Icing | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Lemon Buttercream Icing | www.twoadorablelabs.com

First Birthday Party Tablescape

I wanted a casual tablescape set for 5 that combined fun and color with a neutral mature look.  I combined wood chargers with greenery from Kirklands, added pastel bamboo plates from Amazon, and topped it off with paper plates from Amazon (for the cake and cupcakes of course).  The centerpiece was this gorgeous and delicious cake. Wine glasses (for the adults) were from the Dollar General and plastic cups from Walmart.  The silverware in gold with white handles were kid safe.  This table provided easy cleanup, a colorful birthday celebration, and just a touch of natural and adult 🙂

Lemon Buttercream Icing | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Lemon Buttercream Icing | www.twoadorablelabs.com

I added appetizers and the birthday gift to the table to give the table an extra punch of color.  The cake stand was a last minute order on Amazon which I also used as a candle holder at one of my craft shows.  A 4 oz tin candle fit nicely in each holder and I was able to fit 24 candles which gave the table height!

Looking for more recipes and tablescapes, check out my blog posts here:

Mushroom Dumplings

Candy and Wine Charcuterie Board

Salt and Pepper Wings

Casual Tablescape

Spring Tablescape

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Lemon Buttercream Icing

Sugary, lemony goodness wrapped up in a buttercream topped lemon cake cupcake!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Bobbi Jo


  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract


  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together the sugar, butter, lemon zest, and salt until smooth and creamy, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Scrape bowl down with a rubber spatula. Add the lemon juice and vanilla. Beat for another 1-2 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  • If the frosting is too thick, add some more lemon juice or milk. If the frosting is too thin, add a little more sugar.
  • Decorate cake as desired or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 days.


I did not use powdered sugar but a sugar alternative from Amazon made by Anthony's.  To me, the icing tasted like it had a chemical taste rather than a sweet taste.  The cupcakes were tasted tested on 3 other party quests and everyone liked them.  
I doubled my recipe but in this blog post, I gave you exactly how the recipe on Homemade In The Kitchen made it.
I did not use lemon zest; only lemon juice.
To give the icing more color, add yellow food coloring.  I chose to leave it a buttercream color and add my sugary sprinkles.  

I love hearing from all of you and do my best to respond to each and every one of you.  I always enjoy your comments, feedback, and suggestions so keep them coming!  If I’ve posted a recipe (for our human and our furry friends) and you try it, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @twoadorablelabs and use #twoadorablelabs​.

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  1. Sandy Benick

    I loved the birthday tablescape! Very colorful and fun! The lemon buttercream cupcakes look so delicious that I just have to go get the ingredients to make them! Great job!

    • Bobbi

      Thank you! They were delicious! As I get older, I like the flavor of lemon and lemon sweets. These were fun to make and everyone enjoyed them.


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