Copycat Starbuck's Lemon Loaf recipe
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This Copycat Starbuck's Lemon Loaf is so moist and full of lemon flavor and a simple glaze on top makes this absolutely scrumptious!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Starbuck's Lemon Loaf
Servings: 6
Calories: 585kcal
Author: Brandie @ The Country Cook


For the cake:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the lemon glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with floured no-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, add the eggs, sugar, sour cream, oil and whisk vigorously until smooth and combined. Finally, add the lemon zest, lemon extract, and stir well to combine.
  • Then, stir in flour, baking powder, salt, and stir until just combined. It’s okay if it’s a bit lumpy. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake for about 50 to 52 minutes.
  • Optional: In the last 10 minutes of baking, tent pan with foil (loosely drape a sheet of foil over pan) to prevent excessive browning on the top and sides of bread before center cooks through.
  • Allow loaf to cool in pan on top of a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before turning out onto cooling rack to finish cooling before glazing.
  • For the glaze, in a medium bowl, combine the powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth and combined. You may need to play with the sugar and lemon juice amounts a bit for desired consistency and flavor (I prefer mine to be thick.)
  • Evenly spread or drizzle glaze over bread before slicing and serving.



Cake will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Don’t store it in the fridge because it’ll dry out.


Calories: 585kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 258mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 54g | Vitamin A: 360IU | Vitamin C: 4.9mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 2mg