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A piece of lemon cake on a plate

Copycat Starbucks Lemon Pound Cake

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
This delicious copycat of Starbucks Lemon Loaf or Lemon Pound cake is perfect for breakfast, brunch or an afternoon treat. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10 slices


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 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 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. 


Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 4.3IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 7.5mg | Iron: 6.7mg
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