Easy Lemon Glaze With Cream Cheese

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Made with cream cheese this simple 5 Ingredient zesty lemon glaze is the perfect topping for pound cakes, bundt cakes, quick breads, cupcakes and so much more.

Zesty Lemon Glaze

When Life Gives You Lemons, You Make Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze

This literally happened when I was making my Lemon Coconut Easter Pound Cake out of Southern Living magazine.

I had doubled the recipe and baked the cake in a bundt pan instead of a loaf pan, which the recipe called for. As I was making the lemon glaze, I realized it was to runny for my bundt version of the cake . This thing, called gravity, would cause the glaze to cascade down the cake ending up on the cake tray and not the cake (it would have worked well on a rectangular loaf cake).

After getting frustrated with gravity and asking God why there has to be such a thing, I was reminded of cream cheese. Yes, a little cream cheese would thicken the glaze, making sure it would actually stay on the cake.

Yummy And Zesty Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze

Not only did the glaze stay on the cake, it tasted amazing. I actually liked it better than the recipe’s lemon glaze.

Made with cream cheese it is less sweet, as the cream cheese cut the sweetness. The lemon and cream cheese flavors combine for a delicious melody of flavor.

So glad baking life threw me these lemons. I now have a new glaze recipe to add to my regular recipe rotation.

Easy Lemon Glaze With Cream Cheese

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Ingredients In This Easy Lemon Glaze With Cream Cheese

  • Cream Cheese –  Room Temperature
  • Powdered Sugar – For best results sift
  • Lemon Juice – Freshly squeezed, not from the bottle.
  • Grated Lemon Peel
  • Milk – For thinning
Zesty Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze

How Do You Make Lemon Glaze From Scratch?

  • Thoroughly mix cream cheese and powdered sugar.
  • Add the grated lemon peel and juice and mix well.
  • Add the milk a little at a time.
  • Spoon or pour glaze on baked good.

You can add toppings such as coconut, strawberries, blueberries to this glaze. I topped it with coconut in the pictures.

How Long Does Cream Cheese Glaze Last?

Like cream cheese frosting, cream cheese glaze can be kept at room temperature for 2 hours. It will last 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator and much longer in the freezer.

How To Store Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze

  • Refrigerate in an air tight container or Ziploc Bag for up to 3 to 4 days.
  • Freeze in a Ziploc Bag or air tight container up to a month. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator. After that, let it soften at room temperature and apply to baked good.
Easy Lemon Glaze

Final Thoughts On This Zesty Lemon Glaze

So glad I discovered this zesty lemon cream cheese glaze. I love the melody of the cream cheese and lemon and that it’s not overly sweet. Plus, it can be used, not only with cakes, but quick breads, cookies, cupcakes, etc. This recipe is a keeper.

In case you have any queries regarding the recipe feel free to reach out via the comment section or the contact page. Also, if you have tried this recipe, I would love to hear about your experiences.

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Zesty Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze
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An amazing glaze which comes the zest of lemon and the tanginess of cream cheese.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword glaze, cream cheese glaze, lemon glaze, cake glaze
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 18 Slices
Calories 55kcal
Cost $1.50



  • 2 to 3 ounces Cream Cheese Room Temperature
  • cup Powdered Sugar For best results sift
  • 3 Tbsp Lemon Juice Freshly squeezed, not from the bottle.
  • 1 tsp Grated Lemon Peel
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp Milk For thinning


  • Thoroughly mix cream cheese and powdered sugar until there are not lumps.
  • Add the grated lemon peel and juice and mix well.
  • Add the milk a little at a time. The amount depends on how thick or thin you like your glaze.
  • Spoon or pour glaze on baked good.


You can top this glaze with coconut, strawberries, blueberries, etc.  I topped it with coconut in the pictures.


Calories: 55kcal

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