Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: layer cake
* 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese (1 pound), at room temperature
* 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cubed, at room temperature
* 2 cups confectioners' sugar
* 1 1/2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest (about 2 lemons)
* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Mix softened cream cheese and butter. Slowly add confectioners sugar. Add lemon zest and vanilla extract.