Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf Recipe

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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.


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Lemon Loaf:

  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest from 3 lemons
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups all purpose 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


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare a 9×5 loaf pan by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. Use a stand mixer to 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 mixture 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!

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