Beautiful frosting kissed with the flavors of honey and lemon. It is great for decorating and tastes amazing too!
American buttercream that dances across your taste buds with the flavor of honey and lemon. It is a perfect way to top cakes, cupcakes or cookies during the spring or summer. Really though, it would be great any time!
Honoring the Bees That Made The Honey
My dad and brothers keep bees. They have been busy building more hives in anticipation of spring.
It seems they caught the bug. 🐝 (hee hee!) Now it’s like a competition as to who can have the most and best bees!
With the warmer weather and the budding trees and flowers there is a lot of activity at their current hives as well. They have had their fill of sugar water and honey over the winter and are ready to get out and collect pollen.
So I thought it would be fun to use some of their sweet reward in a fun dessert.
Making Honey Frosting
Honey is so super sweet, so when paired with the powdered sugar it definitely ran the risk of being too sweet. Luckily using lemon juice as both the liquid and as a flavoring helped to temper the overwhelm.
The results were absolutely delicious if I do say so. It had the perfect mix of lemon and honey.
The flavors were strong enough to definitely get both tastes but not too overpowering. Plus it was stiff enough to pipe while still having plenty of lemon juice to help with the flavor and sweetness.
How do you store this honey buttercream?
Like most American buttercream recipes, this lemon and honey buttercream can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for several days. You can refrigerate it for up to a week or freeze it for 3 months. Just bring it back to room temperature and stir it well before using it.
More Great Honey and Lemon Recipes
For a lovely cake, try baking up a honey lemon Bundt cake. It is so delicious and is the perfect mix of flavors and great texture.
Or try making a honey chess pie. It has just a bit of lemon that takes it to the next level.
Making homemade honey lemonade is another great way to highlight this tasty pairing. It is so refreshing on a hot summer’s day.
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Honey Lemon Buttercream
- 1 cup butter softened
- 5 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup honey
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2½ Tablespoons lemon juice and zest if desired
- Beat butter until soft and creamy.
- Add powdered sugar, salt, honey and vanilla and a Tablespoon or two of lemon juice. Beat for at least 3 minutes.
- Add more lemon juice or powdered sugar as necessary to get your desired consistency.