Starbucks’ Lemon Loaf Cake – the True Copycat Recipe

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I am so excited to share this recipe with you, you have no idea! Whenever I go to Starbucks, I just have to have their Lemon Loaf Cake. It has a very pronounced lemony flavor, super moist, fluffy yet dense, almost bread pudding-like consistency and a delicious white glaze.

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I have been trying to figure out what it’s made of for a looong time. I actually went online, searched for recipes and looked closely at their pictures to see if the texture resembles that of the Starbucks original Lemon Loaf Cake. I have tried at least 3 recipes that looked like they were going to be a close replica, all to just be disappointed in the end.

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One major flaw all  those recipes shared was that they were not moist inside. I figured that may be, the cake just needs to be soaked with something really. So I tried to soak the cake with lemon syrup. It only made the outside somewhat moist. I tried to use a special syringe to insert the syrup all the way into the middle, but that produced spots of moistness and still nothing like so sought after Starbucks Lemon Cake.
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Another thing that all those other cake had a problem achieving, was that very lemony flavor, without the sourness that comes with it. The addition of the lemon did not produce the correct flavor profile. I was really frustrated as there usually is not a recipe I am not able to reproduce, at least close to the original. I have seen a recipe that used Yellow Cake Mix and pudding all along but closed the page as soon as I saw that it used a store-bought Mix. I just don’t like using something that comes from a box if I am going to go through the trouble of making it at home. But, when all of those other recipes did not work, I decided that I had nothing to loose, so I was going to try it.
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I can not tell you how happy I am that I did! While I would rather use all natural ingredients that do not include a box of a store bought mix, I am able to get past that fact ONLY because this recipe produces an amazing, exact copy of the Starbucks Lemon Cake Loaf! The lemony-ness in this cake comes from the artificial lemon flavoring in the Lemon Pudding, but you can use plain Pudding and add 2-3 teaspoons of lemon emulsion & 2-3 drops of the lemon oil to achieve the same taste. I made my own version of what I think the glaze should look and taste like, but the rest of the recipe comes from Picky-Palate.com, this recipe is truly a God-sent.

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Without further ado, here it is –

Starbuck’s Lemon Loaf Cake – the True Copycat Recipe

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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: Two 9x5 loaves

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 5.1 ounce instant or cook and serve Lemon pudding mix (can be replaced with instant vanilla pudding & 2 tsp lemon emulsion)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 2-3 lemons)

Lemon Topping

  • ½ stick butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon emulsion/extract

Instructions

Make Lemon Loaf

  1. Turn oven to 350F. Line 2 loaf pans with foil & spray with non stick 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 butter, powdered sugar, lemon juice & lemon emulsion until smooth and supple.
  2. Spread evenly on top of both cakes.
  3. Allow the glaze to harden up before slicing.
  4. 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).

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UPD: Changed the instructions a bit to prevent cake deflating. Please read the recipe carefully.

 

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  • Sharon

    2 what of powdered sugar….this looks great

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    • Cups 🙂 I already corrected the recipe. Thanks!

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      • Aly, Oklahoma

        This was a fantasticly done recipe! I made this today and it is beautiful and the taste it’s spot on!!

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  • inna

    I made this and the cake fell. I will try using a more shallow container next time, like the brownie pan. It tasted great otherwise.

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    • If you follow to the original source of the recipe, some other people commented on there and said that they had the same problem. The original author reccommends to bake it a little longer next time. Mine deflated just a little once out of the oven, but not to a point where I can say that it sunk. So try to bake it a little longer next time? Thanks for your feedback!

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      • Dawn

        This was delicious! Easy to follow. My husband craves the loaf at Starbucks and now I can do it!!!
        Seriously great recipe. Could I thin the icing by adding something?

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        • Yes, you can add more lemon juice to it, or milk/water. Just add about 1/2 teaspoon at a time, not to thin it too much.

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      • Robin

        Mine deflated while baking. I was very careful not to over beat the batter. The only thing I did differently was I lined the pans with parchment paper instead of foil.

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    • Christine

      Mine both fell like I have never seen!!!!! Yikes …. Cooked 50 minutes … will have to cook longer next time !!!! Plus used a 3.4 oz pudding and it was not a lemoney as I would have liked … Will add more lemon next time too!!!! But was SUPER moist!!! Definite re-try!!!!!

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      • When you do try again, please read my updated instructions to prevent deflating. I have revised the recipe and instructions a little bit to help with deflating. I looked at the original gal’s post and she shows a large box of the instant pudding, but says that she uses the little one, so I attempted using the large box and it came out fine. Also I read the instructions on the cake mix and it says not to mix it for more than 30 seconds, and I think this is the main culprit for everyone whose cake deflated.
        So try using the large cake box mix and do not overbeat, or do not beat (on low speed) for more than 30 seconds. Hope this helps.

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        • Oh and add lemon emulsion if you want more lemony flavor. Adding more lemon juice will not give you the lemony-ness you’re looking for as most of it will evaporate when baking.

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          • JoeBoch348

            I’m trying this but subbing with orange…If I make the lemon cake I won’t have any excuse to go to Starbucks and watch the ladies 😉

          • You win for the most original reason for changing the recipe!)))

          • Chris

            What is lemon emulsion? I found Martha Stewarts, but it has dijon mustard in it. Doesn’t sound too yummy on a cake. Need help, thanks!! Chris

          • Hi Chris,
            Lemon emulsion is what gives the lemon cake its ‘lemoniness’. The same could be achieved with lemon oil (sold in little tiny bottles). Under the last picture of this post there are four pictures of items that I used for this recipe. One of them is this lemon emulsion. If you click on the link it will take you to Amazon where you can get a better look at the bottle, and even order it if you would like 🙂 hope this helps.

    • Cake Momma

      Mine fell too, but if I cooked it longer, it would have been burnt. My family asked me to scrape the top as it was. The inside consistency was like a wet sponge – not cake like at all. The icing tasted nothing like it was supposed to – too lemony, and it was runny. This was a huge disappointment to me. I followed the directions exactly. This was the first baking disaster I’ve had from hundreds of online recipes.

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  • Claudia

    I really like lemon/blueberry bread – this looks like a simple-to-make base for that!

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  • Donna

    I posted a comment earlier, but it didn’t show up, so I’m trying again. I tried the recipe this morning and it turned out perfectly except for the glaze. I used 1/2 of 1 stick of butter. It says to beat until it is smooth. It never got smooth. It was very powdery, as though there was no butter or not enough. I continued following the recipe and the glaze separated, and never “set” like it should have. The flavor was wonderful but the appearance was not good. Any thoughts of what could have gone wrong? I definitely want to make it again but want it to look better.

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    • Hi Donna!
      I am glad that you liked the taste of this cake! As far as the glaze, I think your butter might’ve not been soft enough yet… Room temperature butter is soft enough when pushing with your finger on it, allows your finger to go to the bottom without resistance, is this how soft your butter was? Did you use as much lemon juice as the recipe calls for? Did you use the powdered sugar or may be you confused it with granulated sugar? If you give me a little more info, I might be able to help find the cause of the mishap 🙂

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    • Brittany

      I’ve made this cake 4-5 times and my husband just gobbles it up. I do have one problem though. Using the exact same ingredients for the icing two times at my house and twice at my moms, the icing is grainy and runny at my house and thick and perfect at my moms… Could it be the bowl I’m mixing it in? The mixer? The weather? It’s driving me crazy!!! Help!

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      • Hi Brittany, happy to hear that you like the cake! I think the only thing that I can think of is difference in humidity. Next time add half of the lemon juice and continue adding more until it’s perfect consistency and stop adding when you see the first sign of it going runny. That should do it 🙂

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  • Magg

    Is the instant pudding a wet or a dry ingredient?
    How do I use it? Do I have to prepare it before? Thank you 🙂

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    • It is a powdered ingredient that you just add dry to the cake mix. Follow to the original poster’s blog and you will find a picture of it there 🙂 hope this helps 🙂

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  • Alena

    hello, i wanna try making this and was wondering if “lemon emulsion” is same as lemon extract?
    thank you

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    • It’s a little different, but can be substituted. Although, do not put the same amount of lemon extract as you would, lemon emulsion. Lemon extract is much more highly concentrated than lemon emulsion. Start with a couple of drops of lemon extract and just go by taste and smell.

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  • nicole

    I haven’t made this yet but will soon.. this looks so good. I just wanted to say that another way to get more lemon flavor is to add the zest from the lemon. I can’t wait to try. Thanks for the recipe!

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    • You are right, lemon zest is a way to add more flavor 🙂 let me know how you like it once you try it 😀 |
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Maggie

    I made this vegan by substituting soymilk, Ener-G egg replacer, Tofutti “Better Than Sour Cream,” and making sure that the cake and pudding mixes did not contain dairy or eggs. It turned out sooooooooooooo well. I brought it to my Dad for his birthday and he loved it!!!

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    • Wow, with this many changes, I am glad it still worked out well! Thanks so for your comment Megan!

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  • Is the yellow cake mix lemon flavoured, or just yellow in colour? Would a white cake mix work?

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    • I am not sure how they’re (white and yellow cake mixes) different in texture (once cooked) so I am not sure if white cake mix would produce the same thing. But I am sure it’s not going to be bad, since both are cake. Let me know if you do try it 🙂

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  • Tammy Moser

    I made this cake and went and bought a piece of lemon loaf cake from Starbucks and this recipe tastes delicious but nothing like Starbucks. Their cake is definitely a pound cake while this recipe is a layered cake recipe. Delicious lemon flavor, very moist, and light in texture.

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    • Hi Tammy, which Lemon Cake from Starbucks did you try? Some of the Starbucks’ stores changed their lemon cake from the sliced ‘pound cake’ type to the little square cakes, individually portioned. Their individually portioned ones are nothing like the ones they used to have (Loaf pan kind), and which this cake is a replica of.
      I actually went and bought the Starbucks lemon loaf as well, and to me they tasted pretty much the same, from texture, to moisture-ness, to the pore structure and even the glaze, but that doesn’t meant that we all have the same tastes 🙂 I hope you still liked the cake you made at home 🙂

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  • M Dease

    Sorry, but the crumb on this copy-cat recipe is nowhere near Starbuck’s Lemon Pound Cake. That is one of the things that make this cake so wonderful. Keep trying.

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    • How is the crumb of this Lemon Cake different from the original, in your opinion?

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    • Pat

      I agree. While flavorful and moist, this version is not near as dense as the original. Is that because of the m

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  • tracy

    I’m preparing to make this for my honey this afternoon. that cake is the only reason he stops at starbucks… and he never shares! lol. let u know how much he loves me after he has some.

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    • Thanks Tracy! I’ll be waiting for your feed back.

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  • Wendy

    DELISH! Reminds me of lemon zingers! Does that date me too much?

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    • Thank you Wendy!
      I am not sure what lemon zingers are, so may be?))))

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      • Sandra

        Oh my gosh! Lemon Zingers! Yum! You have to try those!! LOL

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  • Suzy

    Wow this is so good! My new favorite cake recipe! I made this in a round 9″ cake pan and baked it for about an hour. I followed the recipe except I didn’t use any real lemon juice, only lemon emulsion, and made a simple glaze with powdered sugar and lemon emulsion.

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    • Oh thanks Suzy! I’m glad you enjoyed the cake!

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  • melissa tilley

    I made this for my husband for a work meeting a few months ago. They continue to ask for it weekly.
    Did you change the recipe to make two loafs? I used this recipe to make one loaf…maybe that was a different recipe from a different site?
    Anyhow, wonderful recipe!!!!

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    • Hi Melissa,
      Thank you!
      I didn’t change the recipe, but if you used this recipe then you would either have to have a bigger pan to fit it, or you indeed did use another recipe 🙂

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  • Carrie

    I followed the cake recipe instructions and did not change anything except for adding lemon zest. Like others, this cake did not rise in the middle like a “loaf” typically would. However, I think that since it’s made with a cake mix as the base, the end result tends to resemble what a cake mix cake looks like, a little flat. Flavor was yummy though. The texture of the cake was moist and porous. The Starbucks cake is more dense, like a pound cake. I think this recipe would be a great cake to make in round pans and then add a lemon or raspberry filling to it, then frost it.

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    • Hi Carrie,
      Thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback. I think the main benefit of this recipe is the moistness that you get, which I have not been able to replicate with other recipes. As to this recipe being good in a cake, you’re right, I actually made a which you can check out following the link.

      Once again thanks and hope you’re having a great day!

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      • Debbie

        I made this cake to test out a few weeks ago (before making it again for tomorrows Christmas party!!)
        I followed the recipe exactly I had no problems and no sinking in the middle. family devoured it so I will be making it again later today for tomorrow! One thing I have to say is never been to starbucks, don’t care if this is the same as theirs or not because we all love it! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    • Agree with you. It is a lemon cake and although it does have great lemon flavor it is nothing like Starbucks pound cake.

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  • Nana

    Can you make this in a cupcake pan or a normal cake pan?

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    • Yes you can use either to bake this cake.

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  • Ada

    I’m not a baker, but I tried making this recipe last night. It was delicious, I would even say better than Starbucks, at least my husband thinks so. I followed all instructions and I didn’t have any deflating issues and I didn’t use the lemon emulsion/extract for the frosting and it still tasted amazing, I did add a bit more lemon juice to make up for the extract. Thank you very much for sharing, this will definetly be a repeat!

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    • I’m glad that at least some people are getting the same results as I have :)) I tried to be as thorough as possible in the instructions, but unfortunately some still don’t get the desired results.
      Thanks for your feedback!
      By the way, adding lemon juice in place of the extract does not do the same thing. Lemon juice ads acidity without the flavor, which disappears once baked. If you do not have the lemon emulsion it’s better to use a tad more of the lemon zest.

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  • Tammy

    I love lemon and came across your recipe. And i must say it’s the nicest moistest i’ve had in a long time, very good. The only thing i did different was use a lemon cake mix. So Thank you for sharing! I will definately be baking these again.

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    • Thanks Tammy for your feedback! Enjoy!

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  • Natalia

    Hi Marina,
    Just found your version of Lemon Cake and cannot wait to try it! 🙂 What a fabulous job you did with cake as well as with pictures. Thanks a lot for sharing it. I am wondering what is the weight of the yellow cake mix? And should I still use pudding mix if I am going to bake with Lemon Drizzle Cake Mix from Home Cook? Thanks in advance for your reply.

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    • Thanks so much Natalia! It says that it’s 18.25 oz package. I am not sure if your brand and type of cake mix will work the same, but do let me know how it goes when you use it :

      Good luck to you!

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  • Marinka B.

    Hi Marina. I’ve searched for a true copycat recipe for a long time.. and finally found it here!! thank you so much. My husband said it tasted better than starbucks!!! I was skeptical at first cause I only had a lemon cake mix and a small pudding box. but it turned out very moist and flavorful! thank you so much, will def do again!!! blessings to you!

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    • Music to my ears Marinka, music to my ears 🙂 God bless you 🙂

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  • Dee

    Made this yesterday but used lemon cake by accident. This cake was unbelievable moist and delicious. I’ll try it with the yellow cake mix next time so I can compare.

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    • Thanks Dee! Actually using lemon cake gets you a step ahead as you probably don’t even need to use the lemon emulsion that way, because it has the lemon flavor already. Thanks for your feedback, so glad you liked it!

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  • Sheila B

    Could I use a bundt pan instead of two loaf pans? Baking time difference?

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    • It can definitely be baked in a round pan instead of load pans. Unfortunately I don’t know what the time difference is, just bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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      • Sheila B

        This cake recipe turned out AWESOME! I made some errors and left out a few things but all to my benefit. I used lemon cake mix by accident…win! I bought the wrong size pudding so I added some vanilla pudding mix with the lemon…worked! I didn’t use extract or emulsion just fresh lemon juice…another win! I baked in Bundt pan for 40 minutes…turned out perfect! Thanks for the recipe!

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        • That’s wonderful to hear Sheila!

          I think when using lemon cake instead of regular yellow you really don’t even need to use the emulsion because the lemon cake already has lemon flavoring in it.
          So you added the large vanilla pudding?

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  • Brenda

    Made this last evening and following your instructions as written it was good. But today after setting overnight it was even better! Thank You for a delicious recipe I am sure we will make at get togethers. Both my daughter and granddaughter and I love lemon recipes and this is at the top!

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  • I LOVE this recipe, but I substitute the yellow cake mix for a LEMON cake mix and DOUBLE the lemon juice in the cake recipe to almost 12 tablespoons and use lemon extract for the emulsion. It is PERFECT!

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    • Those are some great tips Katie, thank you!

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  • Just made this last night. Nothing like SB… If you are expecting SB you will be dissatisfied with the cake texture and flavor. The icing is too much like buttercream not icing.. It is a great lemon cake but nothing like SB pound cake.

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  • Hi, I wanted to thank you for the Starbucks Lemon Bread recipe. I followed your exact directions and it turned out fantastic. I made it in 2 mini glass bread pans and one large. I gave my daughter a mini loaf to take in to work with her and she said her boss loved it too. I rose up perfect and I did what you said about only beating it for a few seconds. Everyone that wasn’t wild about anything that wasn’t Chocolate loved this. Thanks for a great recipe! Kim

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  • Jacqi

    The cake turned out wonderfully, although it didn’t rise well…. but it still tasted great. I did have to redo the frosting, because it came out grainy and runny. I spread it on the cakes, and while hopelessly waiting for it to firm up, I read the comments here, including a few who had the same problem. So, I scraped off the glaze, and made more, using a tad more butter and much less lemon juice. (2 tbsp). Turned out perfect! Thanks so much for the recipe. My husband and I love it!

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  • diane jones

    Marina ~~ This recipe is perfect ! I made it this morning after searching high and low all week for a recipe I thought worthy of the real real Starbucks lemon pound cake. It’s bad enough I spend $$ for coffee there several times a week but I will be darned if I will spend $2.40 on top of it for a piece of cake ! It is the moistness and the tartness of the lemon flavor you nailed . I followed the recipe down to the T, and it truly turned out as good or better than the original. THANK YOU for sharing this !

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    • So great to hear you enjoyed this cake! Thanks for your feedback!

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  • Christine G

    I am ANXIOUSLY awaiting my loaf to come out of the oven!!! 🙂 Like you, I have tried numerous copycat versions, but have always been disappointed with the “dryness” (“lack of moistness” just seems too weird to write!)… I was so excited to see your explanatory lead up to your sharing of this recipe that I had to run over to our neighbours to get eggs (I only had 3 in my fridge and I was NOT going to jinx it by deviating from the recipe at all!) at 9 PM! Thank goodness it’s summertime! 🙂 35 minutes til my timer goes… Thinking I’ll be having a decadent Starbucks-worthy moment on my deck for breakfast tomorrow! Thank you for posting!!!

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  • Jessica

    I have never had Starbucks Lemon Cake but I LOVE lemon cake and Starbucks, so I thought I’d give this a try. IT IS AMAZING! I can’t wait to share it with friends and family. Hoping to try Starbucks version in the near future. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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    • Hi Jessica,
      I’ve got good and bad news for you. Bad news first – since you’ve never tried the original Starbucks Lemon Loaf, you’re too late to try it at Starbucks now. Ever since they switched to their new french bakery, their stuff is not good, and the lemon cake that they have now while tries to replicate the old version, it doesn’t come even close. The attempted replica is not as moist and lacks the lemon flavor.
      Good news – this lemon cake is like the OLD version! So while you can’t try it at starbucks, you can still make it at home, and from what it sounds like – you love it as much as I do 😀 Double score! 😀 Thanks for using my recipe!

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  • Christine Z

    Pretty good!! Not sure it’s like Starbucks (theirs seems more like a pound cake, a denser crumb) but yummy all the same. I used Duncan Hines lemon cake mix. Find the overall product a bit sweet & rich for my liking but I’m getting rave reviews from everyone else. Baked one loaf pan and one 6″ round pan and it didn’t drop which was surprising as I mixed for about a minute or so and we live in a high altitude area.

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    • Thanks for your review Christine!
      Their current Lemon cake is like a pound cake, but this recipe shot to replicate the old (original) version of the Lemon Cake that’s why the difference 🙂

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  • Looks so pretty, I love lemon also. Have never had a Starbucks but I just made a lemon cake and posted on my blog thewednesdaybaker.blogspot.com and was very happy with the texture and the flavor. My cake isn’t yellow in color but the flavor is wonderful. Its a keeper so maybe next time I will add a little food coloring.. Nice post Andi

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    • Sounds like you’ve got an awesome recipe! Thanks Andi!

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  • Jessica

    Just made this and it is amazing. I followed the recipe to a T and it didn’t deflate or fall one bit! For more lemony flavor I added lemon zest to the batter and the icing and it’s LEMONY! Love that it made 2 loafs as well! Thank you!!!!! Wish I could post a pic for ya’ll 🙂

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    • Thanks Jessica!
      You’re welcome to share it on my Facebook page or you can post it on Instagram and tag me in the post. I would love to see it!

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  • Dawn

    This was sooooo good. I followed exactly as you said. No deflation and mm mm good!!!
    My husband snuck the other loaf for lunch today! I was like Noooooo!!!! That one is mine!
    Great job!!!

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    • You just gotta be smart and hide it first next time)))) Thanks for your feedback Dawn!

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  • Tiffany

    OMG!! Delish! I loved Starbucks lemon loaf cake too and crave it constantly! This recipe is so close in my opinion. The icing is much better and has better consistency with real butter. Thank you for sharing this. It’s my new dessert to take for the holidays!

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    • Thanks Tiffany! you sound as excited about this recipe as I was when I found it 🙂 I love the fact that even though Starbucks doesn’t sell it (in this version) any more, I can still make it at home 🙂

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  • Lacey

    Hello! How long did you bake this in the brownie pan? Thank you!

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  • brea

    tried this for thanksgiving and it was easy and tasted amazing!!

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  • Jo

    Can this be frozen and iced at a later time? Thanks! Sounds yummy.

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    • I don’t see why not 🙂 just make sure to thaw it completely before icing it 🙂

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  • Mae

    Wish I could post a picture of the finished product, it looked great! Followed the recipe religiously and my girls’ classmates commented mine was better than S! Thank you so so much for this recipe…

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    • Hi Mae,
      that’s what I like to hear!))) and I would love to see the picture of your cake! Are you on Instagram or Facebook? Just add a picture to the Facebook wall, or add one to Instagram and tag me in it 😀

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  • Ivana

    Dear Marina,

    What do you do if you do not have a yellow cake mix but you have to do it from scratch???
    Thank you in advance

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  • MarjorIe Gonzalez

    I really think this recipe needs to revised or pulled, wished I would have listened to wot her commenters. With that said, followed the recipe exactly much to my dismay, it burnt on the outside and sunk in the middle. I even bought a theremotmeter to measure the inside of my oven. Same results as many people have complained about. I’ve used cake mixes for other recipes and have never had this problem. By the way, this is an expensive recipe

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    • Hi Marjorle, I’m sorry your lemon loaf did not come out right. Unfortunately I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the recipe as I have made it myself following this same recipe many times and it has always come out right, but you really don’t have to take my word for it as there’s enough people saying the same thing in the comments here.

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  • Mary

    This is a wonderful recipe. The only problem I have is that I cannot find the 5.1 oz. lemon pudding mix–only the 3.4 oz. Thank you for all your effort developing this recipe. 🙂

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    • Buy two packages and measure out 1 and 1/2 of the other packet. Oh and this particular recipe wasn’t originally developed by me, but I sure am glad I found it 🙂

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  • Sandra

    Can you use a lemon cake mix to make it more lemony? Also has anyone tried subbing greek yogurt for sour cream? thanks!

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    • Yes you can use the lemon mix and it will probably do the same as what the lemon emulsion does in the cake.
      With greek yogurt the texture might be a bit different but I think you can use it instead of sour cream.

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  • chocolate cupcake recipe

    Bake a cake for your boy at camp, at institution or simply ship it to anybody who will recognize it as a gracious gesture from you. Leave it in the pan you bake it in, like this apple-bran magnificence, so it’ll travel good and can hold until it is eaten. Wrap it securely and make certain the handle is obvious.

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  • Chie Satonaka

    I made this for a work treat, and it turned out great. Everyone raved about it and insisted on having the recipe. This is a keeper and I’m definitely making it again.

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  • Tracy Stough

    WOW! I made this last night and we are down to only one loaf left! (and it is only 8:00 AM)! Loved this recipe. I will add more powdered sugar next time to glaze/frosting, as it was a little runnier than I wanted. Also, will use a different brand of butter as my organic stick did not blend as well as I’d like. Altogether, awesome!!!

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  • Linda

    I used box lemon cake mix along with the lemon pudding and added a couple of teaspoons of lemon extract to the wet ingredients….it was amazing!

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  • Ruthanne

    Thank you for this recipe! Was a total success – made for a work function, and everyone raved about it. Resulting in me giving out this recipe to many people now 🙂 The only difference was I used a Duncan Hines Lemon Cake mix. BTW…My icing didn’t turn out, turned out like a thicker syrup sauce than what was pictured (I did something wrong, I’m sure), but to save the day, I used a Betty Crocker fluffy and creamy pre-made icing I had on hand, and combined the icing syrup sauce…and it worked, making the loaf look beautiful again! I think the combo of the syrup sauce and premade icing placed on top made it even better!

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  • Jenny

    I was actually just looking for a good lemon glaze to go with my family’s 7-up cake recipe. Was wondering if you had tried a 7-up cake. The only difference I’ve been able to find between our 7-up cake & starbucks’ lemon cake is in the density. The 7-up cake is very dense. I only mention it because you had originally said you would prefer something that didn’t call for a box mix.

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    • Hi Jenny!
      I have never heard or made the 7-up cake. Would you be so kind as to share you recipe? I would really appreciate that! It would be nice to make a cake that did not involve a boxed mix lol.

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  • Laura

    I made today for Mother’s Day and my family raved about it! My 71 year old father-in-law said (and I quote), “Damn that is BETTER than Starbucks!” 🙂 It was almost crazy how much they went on and on about it! I did use a lemon cake mix, vanilla pudding and 1 tsp lemon extract and followed everything else exact on the cake. Thank you so much for the recipe! A keeper!

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  • jsfatl

    I doubled the recipe and used Organic cake mix and Organic vanilla pudding and lemon “flavoring” (oil-based, no alcohol). The cake is EXCELLENT! The icing is good, but more like light frosting. Mine never hardened. Still delicious!

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  • Linda

    Can’t wait to try this.my boyfriend is a truck driver and loves their lemon pound cake.so I will see if I can make this for him.Thanks for sharing

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  • Deb

    This is a delicious bread. I used a white cake mix and vanilla pudding adding lemon flavoring as directed. It was wonderful! However, I would only make half of the glaze/frosting. We had quite a bit left over. Would be good slathered additionally on each piece. YUM.

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  • katie

    Do you think I could use this recipe for cupcakes? How long would you bake them for?

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    • Yes I think you can. Just bake it for about 15 min, then check with a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out clean then they’re done, if not just continue baking until it does

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      • Beverly

        I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but plan on making it this weekend. If baked in a bundt pan, how long? Also, is there something I can add to it for more density, like that of a pound cake?

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        • Hi Beverly, I am not sure how long you should bake it if you use the bundt pan, since I’ve never baked mine in it. But start checking with a toothpick when the kitchen fills with the smell of the baked cake. The toothpick inserted in the middle should come out clean.
          And sorry but I don’t know how to make this particular recipe more dense 🙁

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  • Gigi

    Hi! I am confused on how to use the instant lemon pudding. Should I put it in the dry ingredients mix as it comes, or prepare it in advance and then add it to the wet ingredients mix
    Thanks
    Gigi

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    • Hi,
      You just add it with the dry ingredients without doing anything to it 🙂

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    • Gigi

      Nevermind! I read in a previous comment that is used as a dry ingredient. Thankyou

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  • […] bread in the morning, and I tried a few different recipes then I stumbled upon this recipe by letthebakingbeginblog.  It is PERFECT!!  Needless to say, I won’t be searching for copycat Lemon Loaf […]

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  • Cassy

    For some reason I can’t rate this with 5 stars but it sure is worth 5 stars. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this copy cat. Thanks so much. I do have a question though, if doing individual servings, how long do you bake them for? Thanks again for an OUTSTANDING recipe to indulge my need for lemon. And I make this sugar free so it’s definitely a win-win for me!

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  • Melissa Nelson

    The flavor of this cake is excellent – but I followed the recipe to a tee and my cake still fell…I barely mixed it like the recipe said and tested it with a toothpick until it was clean before removing it and it still fell upon cooling…I won’t make this again

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  • Karen

    I LOVED IT! MINE DID NOT FALL, BUT I USED THE UPDATED RECIPE AND DID NOT BEAT FOR MORE THAN 30 SECONDS. MY 10 YEAR OLD NEPHEW AND I LOVE STARBUCKS LEMON LOAF, AND WE BOTH ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS LOAF JUST AS MUCH. FINALLY A COPYCAT RECIPE THAT ACTUALLY COPIES THE ORIGINAL!

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  • Joanne

    I make this all the time and get raves!! Only change I make is I use Lemon cake mix and lemon pudding but skip all the flavorings…..so good!

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  • Joyce Wesson

    I’ve tried this recipe a couple of times and love the flavor and the texture. I am having a problem though, after I take the loaves out of the oven the middle sinks. What might be causing this? Any insights would be helpful.

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    • Joyce Wesson

      I think I know what the problem is, I mixed it by hand instead of using a mixer. It probably didn’t get enough air. I’ll check it out next time.

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  • Michelle

    This is an excellent recipe, I’ve used it countless times with different variations of flavours. The lemon and butterscotch are the most liked. I’ve also combined the flavours of coconut cream and banana puddings. Only one thing i would change though that gives it the consistency of a pound cake and that is to mix it more. I use a kitchen aide and let it go for about 4-5 mins.. This gives the cake a finer crumb and denser consistency and I don’t have an issue with it sinking. Getting rave reviews each and every time I make it 🙂 . Hope this helps .
    Thanx
    Michelle

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  • Martha stapler

    Just made. Loved it.

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  • Melodie

    I took this to Starbucks so friends who work there could compare the the Starbucks lemons pound cake to your recipe! You won hands down said it super moist, not acidity best of all it tasted like real lemons not artificial at all. They asked me to make more so they could enjoy it.
    My better-halfs parents raved about it and thought I made it from scratch. Same with my better-half, he loved it and was so happy I could a recipe that would use lemons from our tree!
    The only thing I changed was using lemon rind for the cake and Treatolgy lemon from wiltons instead of lemon emulsion.
    Now to take one of the others advice and use orange…

    Thanks for posting this recipe, Marina!

    Melodie

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