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Lemon loaf cake or lemon bread is one of my favorite quick breads to make.

This Starbucks Copycat Recipe For Lemon Loaf Cake is so easy to make, your family will want you to make it all the time!

I think a freshly baked loaf makes a wonderful gift.  I love to take a freshly baked ‘something’ when I’m invited out for dinner or just because.

This post was originally published September 13, 2016 and updated on July 20, 2018. 


That sweet and tart citrus flavour wrapped up in a dense loaf, when the crumbs all stick together on your fork, you know what I mean? Oh and make sure there is lots of creamy white glaze drizzled all over it.

If you love to make CopyCat recipes, be sure to check out my other ‘copycat’ recipes like Starbucks Copycat Banana Walnut Bread!

This is a quick breads recipe, which means when mixing the batter, to use a very light hand when combining the dry ingredients into the wet.

Just like muffins or other quick bread recipes, careful mixing will result in a dense, but very moist and tender Lemon Loaf  Cake.

recipe for lemon loaf cake

I found this copycat recipe for lemon loaf cake on, they are an amazing database of recipes and what I really love is how readers take the recipe and make their own adjustments, and then post the results for all of us!

If you love the Lemon Loaf Cake at your local Starbucks then you're in luck! This delicious easy to make recipe will satisfy your lemon cravings.Click To Tweet

That is of course what I try to do for you – take a classic recipe and make it easy to make so that you have time to bake delicious treats like this lemon loaf cake and find time to do everything else you need to do!

recipe for lemon loaf cake

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Recipe for Lemon Loaf Cake | Starbucks Copycat
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
a richly flavored lemon loaf cake - almost like pound cake with a creamy vanilla frosting.
Servings: 8
Calories: 449 kcal
Author: Judy
Cake1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 2 pkgs lemon pudding mix 4.3 ounce (pie filling) non-instant l
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs large
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed, or more to taste
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 2 loaf pans.
  2. Combine cake mix, pudding mix, oil, eggs, sour cream, milk, and 6 tablespoons lemon juice into bowl of stand mixer; beat for 2 minutes and pour into prepared loaf pans.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool in the pans for 20 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. Beat confectioners' sugar and 3 tablespoons lemon juice together in a bowl until smooth; spread thickly over the top of the loaves and let set before slicing, sprinkle with lemon zest.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe for Lemon Loaf Cake | Starbucks Copycat
Amount Per Serving
Calories 449 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 182mg 8%
Potassium 107mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 62g 21%
Sugars 38g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 6.4%
Vitamin C 8.2%
Calcium 6.1%
Iron 2.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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If you love the Lemon Loaf Cake at your local Starbucks then you're in luck! This delicious easy to make recipe will satisfy your lemon cravings.