Which frosting to use for lemon cupcakes?

I made cupcakes with some lemon cake mix. It's pretty lemony. I was thinking of making one of the following frostings. Which one would be best, and if you have a favorite recipe, please include it.

1) butter cream

2) vanilla

3) cream cheese

4) coconut


Just to mention, the cupcakes are mostly for me. These are all flavors which I like. If someone doesn't like the, more for me! :-)

10 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    I like all of your favorites, but cream cheese with a little orange added in would add a little zing. The recipe follows.

    Orange Cream Cheese Icing

    3oz. cream cheese, softened

    2 tbs. butter, softened

    1 tsp. orange zest

    2 tbs fresh orange juice

    2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

    Beat cream cheese, butter, orange zest and orange juice together until smooth then beat in confectioners sugar.

    Just thought of something else. After you ice your cupcakes with the orange cream cheese icing what about sprinkling them with coconut.

  • 1 decade ago

    2 c. sugar

    1/2 c. shortening

    1/2 c. milk

    1/4 c. cocoa

    1/8 c. white syrup

    Put all ingredients in 2-quart kettle. Cook over low heat until rolling boil, stirring constantly. Time 1 minute once rolling boil. Remove from heat, cool to lukewarm. Hand beat. Put on cake.

    If frosting appears sugared, beat with mixer, adding small amount of powdered sugar.

    an old family recipe

  • Ray P
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Try this old favorite, 7 Minute Frosting:

    2 large egg whites

    1 cup granulated sugar(7 ounces)

    1/4 cup water

    1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice(from 1 lemon)

    1 tablespoon corn syrup

    Combine all ingredients in bowl of standing mixer or large heatproof bowl and set over medium saucepan filled with 1 inch of barely simmering water (do not let bowl touch water). Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture registers 160 degrees on instant-read thermometer, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove bowl from heat and transfer mixture to standing mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Beat on medium speed until soft peaks form, about 5 minutes. Increase speed to medium-high and continue to beat until mixture has cooled to room temperature and stiff peaks form, 5 minutes longer. Using icing spatula, spread frosting on cupcakes. Serve.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i like the cream cheese. although you could do a white frosting and toast the coconut in the oven for a few minutes and sprinkle on top of the frosting. good luck and enjoy your cupcakes

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  • 1 decade ago

    Vanilla is too boring, so I wouldn't use it.

    Coconut - some people don't like to eat coconut.

    Some people don't like butter cream,

    so I would choose cream cheese.

  • 1 decade ago

    Cream cheese might be pretty good, but i was leaning toward the butter cream.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


    then cream cheese comes in 2nd

    Send me one when your finished!! Haha

  • 1 decade ago

    cream cheese

  • violet
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    cream cheese

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    butter cream...u cud put a squeeze of lemon in it too.. :-)

    Source(s): me myself and i
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