Starbucks Copycat Glazed Lemon Loaf

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
If you have ever had the pleasure to have a moist slice of Starbucks Lemon Loaf then you know how good it is.

We are huge lemon fans here in our home, but this (with no pun intended) "takes the cake" to the next level of yum it's so full of lemon flavor, moist, dense, and rich. !

I often make sesame cookies lemon-flavored, a favorite pudding lemon ladyfinger dessert, and a holiday isn't complete without a lemon pie with mile-high meringue. Now our latest favorite is this wonderful lemony cake.

This batter is made with freshly grated lemon zest and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

The cake stays moist for days, and that lemon glaze is delightful addition!

This easy cake is a favorite with coffee or tea and I love to make several around the holidays to give away as gifts in pretty wrapped bakery paper.

It's always appreciated by everyone who gets a loaf. One taste and they fall in love!

It's so darn quick and easy to make with simple pantry ingredients.

Honestly, if you are a first-time baker, this is the one foolproof easy all made from scratch recipe, you need to try.

For all the lemon lovers out there, this will be your next favorite recipe for lemon cake.

Scroll down to my recipe card at the end to see how quick and easy this is and print it off.

Get your whisk ready to make the best lemon loaf ever!

This is a lemon loaf cake baked with a thick drizzle of white frosting and fresh lemon slices on top. The cake is long and on a plastic pretty decorative tray to serve it on.

this is a slice of delicious copycat starbucks lemon loaf. It shows the texture and how the cake is bake in this slice

A Burst of Citrusy Flavors

I honestly couldn't wait just the smell of this baking made my mouth water for some of this lemon loaf.

Then waiting for this cool was agonizing, you'll see if you love lemon, the smell is intoxicating.

Warning:You won't stop eating the delicious cake after once slice no way!(so it's the perfect treat after I reach my dieting goal weight (because I can't stop eating this cake).

this is a loaf cake with sliced of lemon on top and grated lemon peel on top of the white frosting. It sits on a plastic rectangular tray and on a ledge of a window sill. The window is covered in raindrops.

Starbucks and Our Adapted Recipe

You will find many copycat recipes online, most with a cake mix and pudding.

This cake is so much better than store-bought mixes with no preservatives to worry about!

This cake is unique in every way with all the best homemade taste.

I find that the Starbucks version seems a bit oily to me, this one is bursting with a fresh flavor and such a great texture.

The ingredients are pretty common staples in the pantry which makes it so easy to prepare in a pinch for that quick dessert.

Plus, if you are indeed a Starbucks fan, just think of all the money you'll save by making it in your own kitchen!

This is all the ingredients in a OXO black handled mixing bowl for lemon copycat Starbucks loaf cake. There is a stick of butter, lemon, measuring cup, real lemons, flour, lemon juicer in the photo.


  • You can also make this cake in kind of pan, even a small bundt pan heavily greased.
  • It's important to separate the dry ingredients from the wet and evenly combine ingredients.
  • Don’t leave out the lemon zest, that is what gives it the wonderful lemony flavor!
  • When you make the lemon glaze for this pound cake don’t add too much liquid, it should be a medium thickness.
  • Either line your pan with parchment paper or heavily grease with butter and flour
  • I prefer using butter-flavored shortening for tenderness but both butter or shortening is fine
  • Use only fresh lemons and remove the seeds from one-half the lemon to equal 1/3 of a cup fresh juice
  • I use the toothpick method and check the middle to see if it comes out clean when done
  • Let the cake cool around 4 minutes before trying to invert onto a wire rack
  • After the cake is completely cooled make a medium thickness glaze and pour over the top, I also like to grate a little zest on top just for color
  • This cake stays fresh in airtight containers for 5 days, don't refrigerate the cake it drys it out.
  • This cake freezes well, thaw in the refrigerator before serving then make the glaze.

This is a lemon loaf cake baked in a Revol loaf pan and is in the oven with it on baking. This cake is heavy and dense like a pound cake with a crack down the center which is a characteristic of heavier cakes.

Heavier Cakes Crack

Most cakes crack down the center because the batter is so dense.

The exterior of the cake cooks first, which can cause the batter to rise up and crack in the center.

How to prevent a crack: If you really can't stand cracks, bake the cake in a tube pan, rather than a loaf pan.

This cake usually does crack, however, once you turn it over, no one will ever see it the glaze will be on the flat surface which is perfect!

This is an all from scratch copycat lemon loaf cake batter in an OXO plastic mixing bowl.

Thick Almost Like Cookie Dough Batter

This batter is very thick, and that's the way it's supposed to be.

Not like cake batter at all, more like cookie dough or pound cake batter.

This is a greased Revol loaf pan

Greasing the Pan

Butter and flour your baking utensil pr line it with parchment paper for no additional calories and nonsticking!

Although I have never had an issue of this cake sticking, sometimes with high sugar content it will stick.

I love my french porcelain bakeware, nothing ever sticks to it and the butter greased pan gives the crust on your cake a delicious taste.

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I heavily sprayed this pan with butter-flavored oil, if you have a metal or glass pan you're using, I recommend either greasing with butter and flour or used butter-flavored shortening.

I usually lightly flour the pan as well just to be certain nothing will stick and will be easy to release when I flip the cake.

Again, you can use a different shaped tube or bundt pan for this cake.

this is a loaf cake with sliced of lemon on top and grated lemon peel on top of the white frosting. It sits on a plastic rectangular tray and on a ledge of a window sill. The window is covered in raindrops.

Simple Suggestions

  • line your loaf pan with parchment paper for easier release
  • this loaf can be changed to another flavor with no problem try orange juice and orange zest
  • for best results do not use lemon concentrate it's just overpowering and not the same
  • always preheat the oven first before baking this cake

This is the batter in a loaf pan for Starbucks lemon loaf. It's a copycat recipe. There is also lemon cut in half with the grater in this photo?

Delicious Glaze

First of all, I will correct the word frosting, although it looks like it, this is just a glaze but a thick one.

The frosting is powdered sugar, lemon extract, and water!

It's so easy, just a few tablespoons with the extract, and make sure the consistency is smooth but can drip down the sides but not see-through.

Honestly, as I mentioned before, this looks pretty with the glaze but taste great without a thing.

My other suggestion is for those who don't want the additional sweetness is to just sprinkle this is powdered sugar or slice it, and top it with fresh fruits and a dollop of cream!

this is powdered sugar lemon getting ready to be made into frosting using a whisk and there is a lemon grater with real lemons in the photo

Ingredients You Will Need

  • flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • eggs
  • sugar
  • butter-flavored shortening or regular salted or butter softened
  • vanilla extract
  • lemon extract
  • fresh lemon juice
  • oil
  • zest of one lemon save some for garnishing if preferred
  • Glaze
  • powdered sugar
  • water
  • lemon extract

This is a bowl of lemon frosting for a lemon loaf cake using a whisk and real lemons grated with a grater

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this is a pin for later collage of how to make Lemon glazed Starbucks copycat loaf cake.

A Slice of Heaven

This cake is really the best homemade slice of heaven.

The flavors are bursting with fresh lemon and a quick dessert that goes great anytime.

If you never had it, you will love this cake.

Hope you enjoy it as much as our family does.

Starbucks Copycat Glazed Lemon Loaf

Yield: 8
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 45 Mtotal time: 55 M
This copycat recipe is famous over at Starbucks. Relax and sit back with your coffee at home and enjoy this delicious lemony moist lemon cake with a perfect lemon glaze right in your own home. It's not only delicious but super easy to make!


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter-flavored shortening or regular salted  butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or canola  oil
  • zest of one lemon save some for garnishing if preferred
  • Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract


How to cook Starbucks Copycat Glazed Lemon Loaf

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9" x 5" loaf pan, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, using an electric mixer beat together eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla extract, lemon extract, and lemon juice until blended evenly.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Add oil and lemon zest and mix evenly.
  5. Pour into your greased loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or use the toothpick method in the center to see if it comes out clean in the middle. Cool for at least 5 minutes, then turn it onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. For The Glaze
  7. Mix together the powdered sugar, milk, and lemon. Drizzle over the cake. Let dry. Sprinkle with some zest for garnishing.
  8. Keep stored in an airtight container for  5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months;.
  9. I don’t recommend storing it in the fridge because it’ll dry out.
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this is a pin for later copycat recipe for Starbucks glazed lemon loaf. Its on a window sill with raindrops and lemon slices on top of a frosted lemon cake all homemade from scratch

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this is a slice of delicious copycat starbucks lemon loaf. It shows the texture and how the cake is bake in this slice


  1. This is perfect!! I love these at starbucks but now I can enjoy it all the time!

  2. This recipe turned out so well, it tastes just like the starbucks one! Thank you, can't wait to make again!!

  3. I love lemon loaf! This recipe looks amazing!

  4. This sounds divine! Always loved the one from Starbucks, I'll have to give this a try!

  5. This cake looks so moist and delicious! I love lemon flavoured everything too! Can't wait to try this!

  6. Oh yum! I'm such a fan of the lemon loaf at Starbucks, but I've never thought to make a copycat version. This is delicious!

  7. Gorgeous styling, Claudia! I'd sure love a BIG slice as I didn't have any dessert after dinner! xo

  8. Sounds amazing, Claudia, and all the ingredients of this yummy lemony loaf are in my pantry. On my to do list! Thank you for sharing!

  9. I do believe that this is a slice of heaven! I love lemon.

  10. The lemon loaf looks indeed heavenly with the lemon glaze!

  11. This is a beautiful presentation for your Glazed Lemon Loaf. I would sure love to have a slice right now, it looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. What a lovely presentation, I can’t wait to try this, we love lemon!!

    I made one a couple months ago that was good, but the glaze instructions made for a runny topping, nothing as pretty as this! Also, I love your glass dish you show it in, its oh so lovely!

  13. Wow! This loaf was a huge hit with our family!!

  14. Honestly one of my favorites to pick up from the coffee shop but really love that I can make it at home! Looks amazing!


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