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Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf Recipe

If you love the Starbucks Lemon Loaf, then you will love this copycat recipe inspired by it!  This moist and lemony loaf is topped with a sweet and tangy lemon icing.  So delicious.

This is the kind of lemon loaf that dreams are made of!  If you love lemon, then you’ll love this tangy, lemony and super scrumptious lemon loaf.

a front view of half of a lemon loaf topped with white icing

Inspired by Starbucks

Have you ever had the lemon loaf at Starbucks? You know the one in the counter that just calls your name when you’re ordering your morning coffee?  The one with the lovely yellow cake and thick white icing?  Yes that one.  Well, I’m sharing a recipe that is inspired by that delicious loaf, and I think it’s a pretty great copycat!

a side view of a lemon loaf cut into slices. it's topped with white icing. on the side are slices of fresh lemon

So lemony!

If you’re going to make a lemon cake or lemon loaf then I really think it should taste like lemon.  Not subtle lemon, actual delicious tangy lemon. This recipe uses the zest from 3 medium sized lemons and fresh lemon juice which gives this cake all the lemon flavour it needs…no added extract, just fresh lemon.

a side view of a lemon loaf cut into slices. it's topped with white icing. on the side are slices of fresh lemon

Trust me, add the icing.

Add it. The icing is the perfect sweet lemony topping this loaf deserves.  I know most loaves are made without icing added, but this isn’t that kind of loaf.  The icing is a must.

a front view of a lemon loaf cut into slices. it's topped with white icing. on the side are slices of fresh lemon

A delicious crumb and texture.

One of the most mouthwatering things about this loaf is the perfectly delicious crumb and texture of the cake…it’s not dry, it’s not dense, it’s light and fluffy and moist.  I mean, just look at it…so good.  I hope you love this loaf as much as we do!

a front view of half of a lemon loaf topped with white icing

Starbucks Lemon Loaf Recipe Tips:

  • Pan Size:  I used a 9 x 5″ loaf pan for this loaf.  There is a little more batter in this recipe than most loaves.
  • Line your loaf pan with parchment paper before adding the batter.
  • To make the icing, add 1 tbsp of lemon juice at a time to the powdered sugar. Keep adding the lemon juice until you get the consistency that you want. If you want it thicker, add less lemon juice.
  • Storage: Keep your lemon loaf in an air-tight container on the counter for 4-5 days (if it lasts that long!).
  • If you can, let it rest.  Allow the loaf to rest for at least 1 hour before eating it.  This allows the flavours to deepen.
  • This loaf freezes well.
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Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf Recipe


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x

Description

If you love the Starbucks Lemon Loaf, then you will love this copycat recipe inspired by it!  This moist and lemony loaf is topped with a sweet and tangy lemon icing.  So delicious.


Ingredients

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Lemon Loaf:

  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • zest from 3 lemons
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk

Lemon Icing:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9×5 loaf pan by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. Using a mixer beat together the oil and sugar.
  4. Add in the eggs, 1 at a time.
  5. Then mix in the vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice.
  6. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  7. Add 1/2 of the flour mix to the lemon batter mixture.
  8. Then add 1/2 of the buttermilk.
  9. Add the remaining flour mix.
  10. Mix in the remaining buttermilk.
  11. Pour the batter into your prepared baking pan.
  12. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  13. When the loaf is done baking, let it cool completely before adding the icing.
  14. To make the icing, add 1 tbsp of lemon juice at a time to the powdered sugar. Keep adding the lemon juice until you get the consistency that you want.
  15. Once the loaf has cooled completely, pour the icing over the loaf.
  16. Allow the loaf to rest for at least 1 hour before eating it.  This allows the flavours to deepen.
  17. Slice and enjoy!
  • Category: Loaf
  • Method: Baking

Keywords: lemon loaf, copycat Starbucks lemon loaf

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