If you are a fan of the Starbucks Lemon Loaf, you are going to love this Starbucks Lemon Loaf Copycat Recipe!
Lemon is one of those flavors that I tend to not think of as often as others. The funny thing about that is that every time I have any sort of lemon dessert or dish, I am reminded of how amazingly delicious they are, and I wonder why I don’t make them more often.
I’m hoping this year I won’t forget about my love of both lemon and lime, because we planted a tree of each! Citrus (almost) grows like a weed here in Phoenix. Growing up we had about seven mature grapefruit trees in our yard. Let me tell you, that is an overwhelming amount of grapefruit. And a lot of grapefruit to pick or clean up. As a child that was one of my duties, and let’s just stay it turned me off of citrus for quite a while. Thankfully I overcame my citrus aversion, and turned it into a love. Especially for lemons and limes.
My dad has multiple citrus trees in his yard, including lemons and limes. For years I’ve piggy backed off his citrus crops, but when we moved last year I decided that it was time, and I had the space, to plant a few citrus trees of my own. I think my lemon is a few years off from fruit, but my
margarita lime tree already has some little limes on it. Woohoo! Okay, let’s get back to the Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf, shall we?
For the lively lemon flavor in this pound cake, I use lemon juice, lemon zest and lemon extract. I find this combo to create a fantastic, but not overpowering, lemon flavor in this cake. I adore my Kitchen I.Q. Better Zester, it makes zesting very easy. I use it with all of my citrus recipes. I also use a handheld juicer/squeezer for my lemon juice, I find I can get so much more juice when I use it.
Starbucks Lemon Loaf Copycat Recipe
Copycat Starbucks Lemon Pound Cake
This delicious copycat of Starbucks Lemon Loaf or Lemon Pound cake is perfect for breakfast, brunch or an afternoon treat.
- 3 tbsp butter softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup sour cream or greek yogurt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp lemon extract
- 3 eggs room temperature
- Zest of 1-2 lemons
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp lemon extract
- Pinch of salt optional
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. In the bowl of a mixer, combine butter and sugar and beat well to combine (mixture will be fairly dry). Add in eggs and beat until well combined. Add sour cream, vanilla and lemon extracts, lemon zest and lemon juice and beat until well combined.
- 3. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- 4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix on low until just starting to combine, then add in oil, and continue mixing until well combined, but do not over mix.
- 5. Pour batter into a 9x5 loaf pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
6. Place in the oven and immediately reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F. Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. If loaf does not see done at 45 minutes but is browning, foil can be placed loosely over the top to allow more baking time without additional browning.
7. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- 8. Combine icing ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined. If a thicker icing is desired, add more powdered sugar, one tablespoon at a time. If a thinner icing is desired, add more milk, one teaspoon at a time.
9. Remove loaf from pan (it helps to run a knife around the edges first to make sure the loaf isn't sticking to the pan) and pour or spoon glaze over the top. Allow icing to set up for 20+ minutes, then slice and serve.
This Lemon Loaf Cake is not one that typically rises into a high dome. As you can tell from the photos, it's a bit more of a flat cake, so don't be alarmed if you do not be alarmed if your loaf doesn't rise high up and dome on the top.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did! And if you love lemon recipes, pucker up, I have a few more I think you should try!