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Starbuck’s Lemon Loaf Cake – the True Copycat Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr

Starbucks’ Lemon Loaf Cake is the True Copycat Recipe for the moist, fluffy yet dense, lemon bread loaf. This lemon cake recipe is topped with a delicious creamy powdered sugar lemon glaze.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon cake, lemon loaf cake
Servings: 20 slices
Calories: 254 kcal
Author: Picky Palate
Lemon Loaf Cake
Lemon Topping
Make Lemon Loaf
  1. Turn oven to 350°F. Line 2 loaf pans with foil & spray with nonstick spray, or butter and flour the pans. Set aside.

  2. Combine all the wet ingredients and whisk until well combined.
  3. Place all dry ingredients in a bowl, add about 1 cup of wet ingredients, beat with a mixer on low speed for about 15 seconds, then add the rest of the ingredients and beat on low speed for another 15-20 seconds. DO NOT over beat, or your cake will deflate.

  4. Divide batter evenly between two loaf pans.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 45-55 minutes, until golden in color or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and let rest in the pan for 5 minutes, before removing and allowing to cool on a cooling rack.
Make Icing
  1. Beat 1/2 stick butter, 2 cups powdered sugar, 4 tbsp lemon juice & 1 tsp lemon emulsion until smooth and supple.

  2. Spread evenly on top of both cakes.
  3. Allow the glaze to harden up before slicing.
Recipe Notes

This recipe can be used to make a cake, cupcakes or even small individual squares like I did using a brownie square pan (see link to picture below the post).

Nutrition Facts
Starbuck’s Lemon Loaf Cake – the True Copycat Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 254 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 249mg11%
Potassium 51mg1%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 130IU3%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.