Thursday, September 12, 2013

Starbucks Lemon Loaf Recipe

Apparently Starbucks Lemon Loaf is one of my mom's favorite things! Who knew?? While I was visiting in Virginia recently, she tossed a recipe at me and asked me to make it for her. I like to maintain my status as her favorite (out of 6!), so I obliged.
Copycat recipe of the delicious Starbucks Lemon Loaf Pound Cake dessert

I've never had the Starbucks Lemon Loaf, but I love anything lemon, so I figured this would be a winner and I was right!! I really need to get to a Starbucks fast and try the original version, but until then this delightfully delicious cake is perfectly moist and has the texture of a pound cake. It is bursting with mouth-watering lemony flavor in every bite! Sweet and Zesty!!

I don't know where this recipe originated as my mom got it from a friend, but I'm glad she passed it on to me. And you can be glad momma taught me to share! This is yummy! The glaze reminds me of those lemon head candies I used to love when I was a youngen'.
Copycat Recipe of the delicious Starbucks Lemon Loaf Pound Cake. This dessert is burting with mouth-watering lemony flavor in every bite! Sweet and zesty!

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Starbucks Lemon Loaf Recipe

Life Tastes Good
Published 09/12/2013
Starbucks Lemon Loaf Recipe

You can mix this up with a mixer or even a food processor. I've done both with good results. However, the food processor makes quick work of the mixing and incorporates all the ingredients nicely, while the mixer never really did incorporate the butter completely! I definitely preferred the end result done with the food processor. I am giddy, over-the-top happy with my recent purchase of the Cuisinart Prep 9-Cup Food Processor! I love it! It has changed my life in the kitchen! I highly recommend getting a food processor as soon as you can :)


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (for the glaze)
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9"x 5" loaf pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper. Allowing extra so the parchment hangs over the sides for easy removal. No need to spray the parchment. Just spray the inside of the loaf pan so the parchment will stay put. You'll want to have the oven preheated and the pan lined and ready to go before the batter is ready. You want to get the batter into the pan and then into the oven as soon as it is mixed.
  2. In a mixer or a food processor combine 3 large eggs, 1 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons softened butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon lemon extract, and 1/3 cup lemon juice. Blend until well mixed.
  3. Add 1.5 cups flour to the ingredients and mix until just combined. Add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and mix until just combined. Add 1/2 cup vegetable oil and mix until combined.
  4. Immediately pour batter into prepared loaf pan and place in preheated oven.
  5. Bake for 45-55 minutes until toothpick or cake tester inserted 1/2 way from the edge comes out clean. The top will bounce back when lightly pressed and won't jiggle!
  6. Allow the cake to cool in the pan and then remove from pan. Leave on parchment and prepare the glaze by mixing 1 cup powdered sugar with 2 tablespoons whole milk and 1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract. Add more sugar if you prefer a thicker, sweeter icing. Glaze the cake, slice and enjoy!
Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 15 mins.
Cook time: 45 mins.
Total time: 60 mins.

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Meyer Lemon Cheesecake Bars by Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Lime, Coconut, Bananas, and Zesty by Grumpy's HoneyBunch


  1. Love Starbucks lemon loaf! Can't wait to try this. It will be perfect for my office potluck on Tuesday.

    1. Beckie, I hope you like it!! and it is a success at the potluck! Thanks for stopping by ~Marion

  2. For the glaze do you use 1/2 tsp of lemon juice or extract?

    1. Hi Brennan, I use the lemon extract in the glaze. Sorry for that booboo, and thanks so very much for catching it!! I fixed that ;). I appreciate you stopping by! Have a great week ~Marion

  3. I made this delicious loaf cake and yes, it is so close to Starbucks it's hard to believe. My daughter was delighted because this is her favorite Starbucks guilty pleasure. I found I didn't need to bake it quite as long as the directions state...about 40 minutes in my oven it came out perfect.

    1. So glad you liked it Renee! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know!

  4. Hey just wanted to share my experience with tgis recipe. it was easy to make and soooo yummy. i used mini loaf pans instead of a regular one so i could give as gifts and it made 3 mini loafs. also my glaze ended up a pretty drizzle effect :)

    1. Thank you for stopping by and letting me know! I'm so happy it worked out and what a great idea to give as gifts!! I love that!! I so appreciate you taking the time to comment! Thanks again!! ~Marion

  5. I am SUCH a big lemon fan, especially in the spring and summer! I can't wait to give this a try. It would be perfect with a cup of coffee and some fresh berries in the morning.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Maggie! I hope you like it :)

  6. Hi, would it work to use this recipe for mini bundt cakes? Would I keep the same oven temperature just change the amount of time in the oven?

    1. Hi Isabelle! Yes, you would leave the oven temp the same and watch them carefully. I would recommend checking them at 20 minutes and keep an eye on them. They will be done when the top bounces back when lightly pressed. This cake will be lovely in a mini bundt form! I hope you love it and please let me know how it turns out. Thanks so much for the great question! ~Marion

    2. Hi Marion, Thanks for the quick response! Instead of taking them out at 20 minutes @ 350 f I took them out at 15 minutes. I've done your recipe dozens of times and the mini bundts were definitely as good as the typical loaf!


    3. Great! I'm so glad they turned out! Thanks for letting me know, Isabelle! I'm so glad you like the recipe - it is one of our faves. My mom is always asking for it and now that she lives just 3 miles away instead of a 3 hour plane ride away, I make it a lot more haha


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