Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf

Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf


Are you a lemon fan and just tend to crave that taste all the time? You’re about to fall head over heels for this delicious Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf! 


Either you love the taste of lemon, or really love it in my book. And if you’re here reading this recipe, I’m going to venture out and say that it’s a safe bet that you LOVE lemon anything. But this recipe…it’s something special.

We all know that Starbucks has some delicious desserts, right? But those prices? Too much for anyone to be able to eat there consistently. When’s the last time you bought a piece of lemon loaf at your favorite coffee house? It hit’s the wallet hard. So we decided to make it at home and enjoy it whenever we want it for so much less than the high priced coffee house prices.  We have been told that this is even better than it’s name sake! 


Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf

Let me tell you this Starbucks lemon loaf is so very easy to make and all in the comfort of your own kitchen! 


This is why we’re so happy to be sharing this recipe with you. Not only does it taste JUST LIKE the Starbucks recipe, but it’s literally so affordable as well! You’re going to find yourself making this homemade recipe over and over again. It makes a great gift and freezes well too. You can make a whole bunch of these lemon loaves for the price of what you would pay for a few slices at Starbucks. 


Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf

Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf

What is a lemon loaf exactly? 

We just think of it as the same type of dessert or treat that banana bread is. Both are shaped like a loaf and have a delicious taste or flavor of something fruity. Lemon loaf has a nice ring to it but you could totally call it Lemon Bread if you want! 

Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf

How would you store leftover lemon loaf?

If you happen to have any leftover (we never do!), it’s a good idea to store it in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge. That way it stays as fresh and moist for as long as possible. 

What would you serve this lemon loaf with?

Honestly, you don’t have to serve it with anything. But we really enjoy it in the mornings with coffee and tea or as a light afternoon snack to hold us over until dinner. It’s also perfect for an after-dinner dessert as well.

We can’t wait to hear what you think about this lemon loaf! Not only does it have just the right amount of sweetness, but the texture of it almost feels like it’s just melting away in your mouth! So simple to make and so wonderful to eat! 


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Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf

Are you a lemon fan and just tend to crave that taste all the time? You're about to fall head over heels for this delicious Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf! 

5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 10 Servings
Author: Rob



  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup  granulated sugar

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp lemon extract

  • zest of 1 large lemon

  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice

  • cup heavy cream


  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice

  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.

  • Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium sized mixing bowl using a whisk.

  • In a larger bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Then mix in the vanilla, lemon extract, lemon zest, lemon juice, and heavy cream. 

  • Mix about half of the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Stir to combine and mix in the other half. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center.

  • Cool completely before adding the icing.

  • While the loaf is cooling combine the icing ingredients in a small mixing bowl and stir together until smooth. 

  • Transfer the cooled loaf to a cutting board or plate and drizzle the icing over the top. Slice and serve.


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  1. Holly Schut says:

    5 stars
    Looks delicious can’t wait to try.

    1. I hope you love it as much as we do!