Easy Recipe for STARBUCKS Lemon Loaf | Copycat Recipe

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Lemon loaf cake or lemon bread is one of my favorite quick breads to make. This Starbucks Lemon Loaf Copycat Recipe is so easy to bake, your family will want you to make it all the time!

No need to visit Starbucks!

The recipe makes two loaves, so you can enjoy one now, and freeze the other for later.  Just take it out of the freezer and once thawed, drizzle on some of that lovely lemon glaze!

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.

That sweet and tart citrus flavour in this Starbucks Lemon Loaf, 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.

lemon loaf pound cake slices close up with lemon glaze frosting

This post was originally published September 13, 2016 and updated on July 20, 2018, January 4, 2019 , and May 5, 2020.

You will need: 1 box lemon cake mix, 2 boxes of lemon pudding mix (not instant) eggs, oil, fresh lemons, powdered sugar, oil, sour cream and milk

lemon loaf cake with white glaze icing, sliced on a white plate with lemons on the side, wording on top Lemon Loaf Cake


I really love lemon pound cake and especially the lemon loaf slices that you can get at Starbucks.  But I don’t go to Starbucks very often, and I also prefer to make my own sweet treats, as I’m sure you do! 

So I thought I would figure out how to make my own version of this delicious lemon loaf.   

My hubby Mark loves lemon loaf cake with blueberries, and I’ve baked this loaf that way too.  All you need to do is add 1/4 cup fresh blueberries to the batter.

If this is your first time visiting me, I like to take classic recipes and adjust them so that they are not only easier to bake, but take less time too. 

I want you to have time to bake delicious treats like this lemon loaf cake and find time to do everything else you need to do!

lemon loaf cake with white glaze icing, sliced on a white plate with lemons on the side, wording on top Lemon Loaf Cake


  • 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.
  • Follow the instructions exactly as they are written.


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If you love to make CopyCat recipes, be sure to check out my other ‘copycat’ recipes like Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits or  Starbucks Banana Bread!

emon loaf cake with white glaze icing, sliced on a white plate with lemons on the side,


This lemon loaf is a lighter version of a loaf cake, not as dense as a pound cake

The fresh lemon flavours burst in your mouth, and the lemon glaze, with fresh lemon juice and zest makes the cake just perfect I think. 

Inviting some friends over for coffee?  Pull out this delicious aromatic lemon loaf and serve big fat slices to your guests. 

You can serve it as a dessert too during the week, or a special sweet treat on a Sunday afternoon.  No need to visit Starbucks at all.

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lemon loaf cake with white glaze icing, sliced on a white plate with lemons on the side,

Easy Recipe for Lemon Loaf Cake

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a richly flavored lemon loaf cake – almost like pound cake with a creamy vanilla frosting.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine North American
Servings 8
Calories 513 kcal


  • 1 pkg yellow cake mix - 18.25 oz
  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 2 loaf pans.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 513kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 501mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 50g

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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This easy Lemon Loaf Cake recipe will become your GO TO recipe.  Every time you need something for the church bake sale, your social club, or a gift for your girlfriend, this recipe will deliver!

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Judy Kahansky is an experienced writer and baker, creating delicious desserts (including pie!) for over 40 years. She loves to take classic and vintage recipes and update them to fit the busy lives of her readers. When not baking, Judy and her husband Mark are passionate golfers, travelers and dog lovers, spending as much time as they can with their sweet pup Millie.