This Copycat Recipe For Starbucks Lemon Loaf Is So Simple
Save your money—here's how to make Starbucks' delicious lemon loaf right at home.
Ryan Aliapoulios

No matter where you live, chances are there’s at least one Starbucks store near you (though your opinions on the massive coffee chain may vary). While the store started in Seattle, Washington in 1971, it has since expanded to become one of the largest corporations in the world. Though they’re known for having pretty good coffee, one of the best treats you can get at a Starbucks is a slice of their delicious lemon loaf. It’s perfectly moist, sweet and comes topped with a thin layer of frosting. Well after today, you’ll no longer have to go to the store to get it.

That’s right, today’s recipe is a copycat recipe of those delicious slices of lemon loaf that you get at that famous coffee chain. This recipe is incredibly easy to put together and tastes just as good as the coffee cake that you’re used to. From now on, you can save any gift cards you get exclusively on the coffee. So let’s get started.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt


  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 4-5 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

Here’s what you do:

1. To start, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease up a 9×5 inch cake loaf dish with non-stick cooking spray. After that, get a large bowl and beat together your eggs and sugar. Add in your Greek yogurt and your vegetable oil as well.

2. Once those ingredients are well-incorporated, whisk in your lemon juice and lemon zest as well and keep mixing. In another side bowl, mix up your flour, baking powder and salt. When they’re all combined, gradually mix the dry mix into your wet ingredients without over-mixing it.

3. After that, pour the batter into your cake tin and smooth the top off. Once the oven is hot enough, put the tin in there for 50 minutes. When enough time has passed, check it with a toothpick to ensure its cooked entirely through. If the top of your loaf gets too hot during the cooking process, put some aluminum foil over it during the last five to 10 minutes.

4. While your loaf is baking, whisk together two cups of powdered sugar and four tablespoons of lemon juice to create the icing for the top. Add in another one to three teaspoons of lemon juice until the mixture hits your desired consistency.

5. When your lemon loaf has cooled off enough, carefully take it out of the baking dish and pour your glaze over the top of it. Once the glaze has set, store it in the fridge in an air-tight container and cut a slice off when you’re ready to eat!

As you can see, this recipe couldn’t be much easier to make—and it tastes just as perfectly moist and citrusy as the Starbucks loaf does. In the summer, this cool and sweet cake also works perfectly as a dessert for any family get-togethers you might be planning. As always, have fun with the baking process and let us know how it goes!

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