Starbucks Lemon Loaf

Starbucks Lemon Loaf Recipe - it tastes like the real thing!I was going to wait a week or so to post the next recipe for my Fresh Flavor of the Month series. However…I just can’t wait.

This copy cat Starbucks lemon loaf recipe is so good…so fresh…so pretty.

Like most of the recipes I share, it’s easy and quick. The only things you might not have on hand are the lemon and lemon extract.

Starbucks Lemon LoafLike my recipe for Berry Orange Coffee Cakes, the best part about preparing this was the fresh lemon scent when I was grating the zest. The only tweaks I made to the original recipe were the addition of fresh lemon juice to the glaze and the instructions to scrape the bottom of the mixing bowl.

Starbucks Lemon Loaf
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  1. 1 1/2 c. flour
  2. 1/2 t. baking powder
  3. 1/2 t. baking soda
  4. 1/2 t. salt
  5. 3 eggs at room temp.
  6. 1 c. sugar
  7. 2 T. butter softened
  8. 1 t. vanilla
  9. 2 t. lemon extract
  10. 1/3 c. fresh lemon juice
  11. 1/2 c. oil
  12. zest of one lemon
  1. 1 c. powdered sugar
  2. 2 T. milk
  3. 1/2 t. lemon extract
  4. juice of 1/4 lemon
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Prepare 9 x 5 loaf pan or 6 mini pans.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl combine eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla and lemon extracts, and lemon juice with a mixer.
  4. Scrape bottom to make sure all is combined.
  5. Pour dry ing. into wet ing. and blend until smooth, scraping sides and bottom of bowl.
  6. Add oil and lemon zest. Mix well.
  7. Pour into prepared loaf pan(s) and bake for 45 min. (9 x 5) or 25 min. (minis.) Insert toothpick to must come out clean.
  8. Remove from oven and let set 3 minutes.
  9. Prepare glaze...whisk to combine.
  10. Remove bread from pan(s) onto wire rack. Make sure and put a cookie sheet under the rack. Pour glaze over bread. Cool completely on rack.
Pan measurements
  1. mini = 2 1/2 in. x 4 in.
  2. small = 3 in. x 5 1/2 in.
  3. large = 9 in. x 5 in.
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I made mini loaves but I think the next time I will make one big loaf.

Starbucks Lemon Loaf

It cooked so evenly that I think getting it done in the middle won’t be a problem.

Starbucks Lemon Loaf

Just so you know…this photo shoot was SO much easier since I made a food photo drawer in my living room. I keep the foam core board behind my antique dresser so it’s right there when I need it.

What they say is true…live and learn!

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Thoughts from my friends...

  1. izn says

    Hello, these look yum and beautiful but before i get the lemon extract i would want to know if it tastes like bread or cake since i never tried these at starbucks. looking forward to your help, thanks!

  2. says

    I am going to make these tomorrow. They look absolutely delicious. I love how they still look light in color. Many other recipes look dark and overcooked but yours looks PERFECT so I am excited to try this out!!

  3. dee says

    Your quick bread choices are the very best and beautiful photography. When you say ‘mini’ loaves could you give the inside dimensions of your pans? Are you using metal or silicone pans?
    Thanks much.

  4. Amy says

    I just made three minis to take to my daughter at college, and they are beautiful. I am considering taking her two instead of three, as the lemon aroma is driving me to distraction. I only had one and a half lemons, and they were not large. When I needed a bit more juice, I added a dollop of bottled Key Lime juice — I suspect it won’t hurt them a bit.

    This recipe is easy and forgiving (I ALWAYS mess up at least one step in a recipe, without exception). Thanks!

  5. Shannon @Fox Hollow Cottage says

    I am dog tired.
    Flew 6 hours.
    Drove 2.
    Was just checking in real quick… but, this photos was so gorgeous, I had to come tell you how much I admire your photography. It’s a beautiful post, and looks good enough to lick the screen ;)

    Well done!!

  6. Andrea Schuneman says

    The picture alone makes me hungry and I love lemon. I have a lemon cake in my pantry right now. It’s so refreshing and the smell is wonderful. Can’t wait to try this, but need to get some lemon extract. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  7. says

    Ann, I am so copying this down. This is SweetCheeks very favorite thing at Starbucks…I think I will add poppy seeds to it as I think they have poppy seeds in it sometimes? Yum…thanks so much- GREAT pictures, by the way- xo Diana

  8. Sandy says

    Thank you, Ann, for another delicious looking now, but tasting later, lemon recipe. Added lemons to my grocery list.
    News update: I have been given the award “Best Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies’ Baker” by my daughter’s three children ages 2, 5, and 8. I may have to add a shingle to our front porch.

  9. says

    Nummy nummy nummy! When my daughter pulls up to Starbucks for coffee my little granddaughter wants the pumpkin loaf! I’ve got some lemons on my tree and just may have to make this!
    Have a great weekend,
    Shelia ;)

  10. Pondside says

    I love that lemon loaf – and I have a whole bag of lemons in the fridge, plus four lemons wrapped up and saved for their juice (I needed lots of zest for another recipe. I will definitely be making this – one for now and one for the freezer. Funny how I was wondering what to do with all those lemons, and then you posted!

  11. Clarissa says

    Dear Ann, Im writing from sao paulo, brazil. Just see how far your delicious recipes are getting… I did the lemon loaf. I just love this starbucks recipe. It turns out very good, but I was wondering if it could get moister. Maybe I took so long to take it of the oven. I ll try it again. Just let me know if you have any tips regarding to this. Wonderful site, photos and recipes. thanks for sharing. clarissa