Creamy Lemon Icing

    10 minutes

    This is a deliciously icing that is perfect for any non-chocolate cake. It doesn't use icing sugar so it's a little denser and richer than normal.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 1 cup (250ml) water
    • 3 tablespoons cornflour
    • 3 egg yolks
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) lemon juice
    • 1 1/2 cups (330g) white sugar
    • 125g butter

    Preparation:10min  ›  Ready in:10min 

    1. Combine sugar and cornflour in heavy saucepan add water and stir until heated, set aside.
    2. Beat egg yolks and add lemon juice, stir in small amount of sugar mixture to warm yolks. Combine yolk and sugar mixtures, add butter and return to heat.
    3. Bring to a rolling boil while stirring constantly until thickened. Mixture will resemble pudding. Cool slightly and spread on cooled cake.

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    The description of this is very misleading in that it is a lemon filling, or lemon curd, not a frosting. Having said that, this has a more mellow lemon flavor than other, similar recipes, but is also much richer, which I liked since I used it as as the filling for the three layer Rainbow Citrus Cake, also from this site. In hindsight I'd add two or three teaspoons of lemon zest for more tartness and flavor, but it really was fine as is.  -  29 Jun 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Very good!! I replaced 1/4C of the water with an additional 1/4C lemon juice and added an additional 1TBS of cornstarch so it would make a nice, thick filling for my white cake. I frosted it with homemade whipped cream--delicious combo!! Thank you for this recipe!  -  01 Jan 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This recipe was so awesome!! I dreamed about it! I used it with a butter yellow cake mix and used fresh whipped whipping cream as an icing. Every one was crazy about it!! I love you Tammy!!  -  08 Jun 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)