May 16, 2014

Starbucks Lemon Loaf


I love lemon desserts, but I have to admit, I had never had Starbucks Lemon Loaf. So the first thing I did before I baked this cake was to go to Starbucks and get a slice of that famous lemon loaf of theirs! It was very good. And this recipe is better.

This lemon loaf is very moist, and has a wonderfully sweet lemon tang. It keeps beautifully. The day I made it, we enjoyed a few slices, then I put it in a cake keeper on the counter. We went out of town for a few days. When we got back, I remembered the lemon loaf, and thought it would probably be old and dry. Nope, it was as good as the day I made it, possibly even better.

Starbucks Lemon Loaf  Print Recipe

For the cake:
1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons lemon extract
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup canola oil
zest of one lemon

Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons whole milk (I was out of milk, so I used half and half)
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (I used 325 degrees). Grease and flour a 9 X 5 loaf pan (I used glass Pyrex).
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine.
3. In a mixer bowl, combine eggs, sugar, butter, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined. With the mixer running, slowly pour in the lemon extract and lemon juice (the lemon extract and lemon juice can curdle the eggs, so we want the mixer running to combine quickly).
4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until smooth. You can do this by hand. Stir the oil and zest into the batter until completely mixed.
5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until a toothpick comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached (about 45 min at 350 degrees; about 57 minutes at 325 degrees). Remove from oven onto a wire cooling rack. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes while you prepare the glaze (whisk glaze ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth and well-combined). Pour glaze over warm cake and let cool completely in pan. Store tightly covered. Keeps well for several days.

Cooks notes: On some of the recipe sites, there were mentions of the loaf falling. Mine did not. I don't know what might make it fall. Just be warned that it may have a bit of a reputation to fall. The original recipe said to bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. I baked mine at 325 degrees for 56 minutes in a glass pan. I thought a little lower temp might prevent the loaf from rising too quickly and then falling. Who knows. But mine was fine.



This recipe has been everywhere. As far as I can tell, the original recipe comes from Recipecircus.com.

Starbucks Lemon Loaf may have been taken to some of these fun parties!



Subscribe to Yesterfood by email:
http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=YesterfoodCreatingConnectionsThroughTimeWithFood




73 comments:

  1. This looks so good! I'm going to try it as soon as I have the chance!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Lemon is my new chocolate right now….hehe! No really…….I am making a lot of recipes using lemon these days and loving it! So refreshing and delightful….

    ReplyDelete
  3. That looks so moist and yummy! I'm a huge fan of all things lemon but I admit I have never tried Starbucks either. Could probably make the entire recipe for the cost of one slice of theirs! Thanks Joy!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Pinned ya! I love lemon anything. Hope you have a great weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Joy, This recipe sounds so moist and delicious! =)
    I love Lemon cakes!
    Pinned!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Joy, this makes my mouth water. Love lemony dishes. Have a good weekend.

    Linda

    ReplyDelete
  7. Wow! That looks fabulous! The tenderness and lemony taste really come through in the photos! I've never tried the Starbucks brand - however, a few years ago I made Williams-Sonoma's packaged lemon-sesame seed loaf for Easter. Everyone liked it, but that wouldn't taste anything like this fresh recipe!

    ReplyDelete
  8. My husband loves anything with lemon. I'll have to make this for him. Have a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Pinned for my cheat this week. I am the only one in the house who likes lemon desserts. You will find me eating the whole thing watching a good movie :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Looks yummy!! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words about my post on my mom!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

    ReplyDelete
  11. Oh yum that looks good! I love lemon!
    -Jennie
    http://www.thediaryofarealhousewife.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  12. Stopping by from the link up! No WAY! I was just munching on this walking through target wishing I could copy cat the recipe!! I cant wait to make this!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Yours looks better then Starbucks! I bet it tastes amazing! Can't wait to try it!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I have yet to try a slice at starbucks--but yours looks delicious! I have finally solved the cake falling problem. I live in at high altitude above 5000 feet so this could possibly be my problem but I now make 3 mini loaves in a pampered chef mini loaf stoneware pan. For whatever reason it works. So I have a loaf to taste and a couple to share. Perfect for us.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cindy, I'm so glad you mentioned the altitude situation- now that I think of it, that's what a few of the readers of some of the other recipe sites identified as a possible cause of cake falling. I'm glad you reminded me of it- thank you! :)

      Delete
  15. I am a big fan of lemon treats, I bet this is amazing. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    ReplyDelete
  16. This looks so good! I've never tried the Starbucks version but how can that mass produced loaf compare with a homemade one full of natural ingredients?!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Joy, thanks for sharing with us at MM tonight! Lemons are my favorite! Pinned!

    ReplyDelete
  18. This looks and sounds wonderful. Adding it to my list of recipes to try soon. Thanks for sharing it.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I've never been good at bread making, but this is so tempting! I'm going to try your chocolate cake recipe tomorrow, so wish me luck! Thanks so much for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday! :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. Joy this looks incredible of course!!

    ReplyDelete
  21. I love lemon desserts also! I look forward to trying it!

    ReplyDelete
  22. This looks great! Stopping by from the Pinterest Linky!

    ReplyDelete
  23. I'm also loving anything and everything lemon Joy!! How funny, I also made a lemon pound cake loaf this week too!! Your lemon loaf does look yummy!!
    Julie@Sweet and Spicy Monkey

    ReplyDelete
  24. Oh thank you so much for this! When I get a coffee at Starbucks - a slice of their lemon loaf is always my dessert of choice - love me anything lemon'y. I just love you for this! Now I won't have to be paying $2.75 for a slice.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Hi Joy! Oh my that looks delicious! I'm going to pin it because I'm definitely going to make this. It's my boss' favorite dessert so I can score major brownie points if I make an extra one for him. ;) Ha,ha!

    ReplyDelete
  26. I'll have to make this. I'm know to buy a slice of lemon loaf at Starbucks. I have to ration the slice so that I don't eat it all.

    ReplyDelete
  27. I love the lemon loaf at Starbucks. I'm excited to try yours. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  28. We are nuts for anything lemon. I will have to try this loaf!! Thanks so much for sharing with us, at Simple Supper Tuesday.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Ohhhh you was pinned!!! Can't wait to try this one out; Gracias!

    ReplyDelete
  30. I've really been stuck on all things lemon lately. I've been curious to try a few of these Starbucks inspired recipes, and this one looks like I get the best of both worlds! Chrystal @ YUM eating

    ReplyDelete
  31. This looks soooo yummy too! So pretty too....pinning this as well:) Have a good night.

    ReplyDelete
  32. This looks delicious! I would love for you share it on my Tasty Tuesday recipe link up here! Everything gets pinned and I would love to have you!

    ReplyDelete
  33. This looks amazing! I foun you via LouLou Girls !

    ReplyDelete
  34. Wow does this look amazing! I love all things lemon too. I found you over at Wake Up Wednesdays. I host Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday and would love it if you linked up this recipe. I’m sure our party goers would love it as much as I do. Here is the link http://bit.ly/1oNxekf. Have a wonderful day!!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Hubby loves lemon, I have to try this for him :) Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  36. This lemon loaf looks amazingly moist and delicious! Thanks for linking it up to my Creative Ways Link Party!
    Blessings,
    Nici

    ReplyDelete
  37. Hi Joy, This looks so yummy! I love a good Lemon Loaf. Theresa @DearCreatives

    ReplyDelete
  38. Hi, found you via Cook It Craft It Share It! I love lemon cake from Starbucks and so thrilled to have your recipe. Pinning and sharing now. I'll follow your social media, too. Great to meet you.

    ReplyDelete
  39. A slice of this lemon bread & a good cup of java....I'm in heaven :) Almost as wonderful as snuggling my kids!

    ReplyDelete
  40. I love the Lemon loaf at Starbucks. A friend and I meet there and this was all they we ever got although they never have it anymore. I can't wait to try this recipe to get my fix! I found you on the Put A Bird On It link up :)

    ReplyDelete
  41. Oh my! My children would love this Lemon Loaf! Thanks so much for partying with us at Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party!

    Pinning and making!

    ~ Ashley

    ReplyDelete
  42. Wow this looks absolutely amazing! I LOVE lemon....thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  43. I WANT TO TRY THIS! Yep, I'm hollering it looks so yummy!
    Blessings,
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

    ReplyDelete
  44. I am really hungry right now and this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog hop!

    ReplyDelete
  45. I love lemon-y cakes and I particularly love cakes that get better with keeping! Your Lemon Loaf looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Pinned :-)

    ReplyDelete
  46. Starbucks lemon loaf is definitely my guilty pleasure - but I limit it to once a month or so. I can't wait to try this - it may become more of a habit :)

    ReplyDelete
  47. This looks SO good! I am going to try it for Memorial Day! I invite you to please come over and link it up with my Try a New Recipe Tuesday. I'd love to have you join us. :-) http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2014/05/try-new-recipe-tuesday-may-20.html

    ReplyDelete
  48. I just love a good Lemon Loaf and this looks so moist and delicious. Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend Joy, and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Be safe and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    ReplyDelete
  49. This looks SO yummy, Joy! Starbucks lemon pound cake is one of my all time favorites!

    ReplyDelete
  50. I love anything lemon will for sure be trying this! Thanks for sharing at Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Hope to see you back next week!

    ReplyDelete
  51. Drum roll please.......We will be featuring your lemon pound cake at our next party! It looks incredible. Pinned. Hugs! Lou Lou Girls

    ReplyDelete
  52. This looks absolutely awesome, Joy! Can't WAIT to try it soon!!

    ReplyDelete
  53. One of my utmost favorite treats is the Starbucks Lemon loaf. It is rare for me to stop by a Starbucks or a Barnes & Noble without stopping for some of the lemon cake. Your recipe looks amazing, so I'm definitely looking forward to trying it.

    Thanks so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday! We love having you! :)

    ReplyDelete
  54. Congrats!!! Your DELICIOUS Lemon Loaf is being featured this week on MUNCHING MONDAYS! Please share the great news :-) xo Nic

    ReplyDelete
  55. I love lemony treats, but I find Starbucks version a little dense. If you say this is better, I will have to try this out! Thanks for sharing with Turn it Up Tuesday!

    ReplyDelete
  56. Pinning!! I love lemon treats and this has me drooling, Joy!

    Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Project Inspire{d}!!

    ReplyDelete
  57. This will be baking in the oven as soon as our current breakfast bread is gone! Pinning :)

    ReplyDelete
  58. Looks delicious, I love lemon! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

    ReplyDelete
  59. I love lemon loaf and this copycat recipe looks so beautiful. Putting this on my list of to do's!
    Blessings...Shari

    ReplyDelete
  60. I love anything lemon also. Can't wait to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    ReplyDelete
  61. Oh wow this looks delicious - I just love lemon desserts - can't wait to try it! Thanks for linking up at The Creative Exchange linky party!

    ReplyDelete
  62. Hi Joy, just hopping back to let you know that I will be featuring you at SYC this week.
    hugs,
    Jann

    ReplyDelete
  63. G'day! This looks absolutely delicious Joy! WISH I could try some now with my coffee!
    Cheers! Joanne

    ReplyDelete
  64. Lemon cakes are so fun and cheerful. Your loaf cake looks absolutely divine! It would disappear in a hurry at our house!

    ReplyDelete
  65. Looks yummy thanks for the recipe! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  66. YUM. My husband will love this. Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes. Pinning.

    ReplyDelete
  67. Mine is in the oven now and one loaf fell. I rotated the sheet pan they were on, wonder if that caused it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Isn’t that disappointing? :( I’m glad one turned out. I always worry that moving a cake around to turn it will cause one to fall! I don’t know if that really causes it or not, but I still worry. :)

      Like I noted in the post, “On some of the recipe sites, there were mentions of the loaf falling. Mine did not. I don't know what might make it fall. Just be warned that it may have a bit of a reputation to fall. The original recipe said to bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. I baked mine at 325 degrees for 56 minutes in a glass pan. I thought a little lower temp might prevent the loaf from rising too quickly and then falling. Who knows? But mine was fine.”

      Another reader said she thought a high altitude might cause it. No one seems to know for sure. Other than the loaf falling, I hope you’re having a good week! :)

      Delete
  68. I made this today, and it is scrumptious! It rose beautifully in my 9 x 5 foil-lined metal pan. I will definitely make this again. Thank you so much!

    Jocelyn

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, Jocelyn, I’m so glad you tried it and that it turned out well for you! I’m about ready for another loaf of this myself. Thank you for taking the time to come by and let me know- you’re awesome. :)

      Delete
  69. I made this 2 days ago, and I have another one in the oven now! My family loved it! I love the lemon loaf at Starbucks, but it is a bit pricey. I baked the first one exactly as the recipe said in a non-stick loaf pan. The sides got darker than I would have liked. I normally bake pumpkin and banana bread in the same pan, and I always bake it at 325. I am baking the one at 325 today. Love this recipe, and thank you for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  70. Sounds like a scrumptious loaf! I just might have to make it with lime. :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing this on Five Friday Finds! I'm looking forward to what you share this week. :)

    ReplyDelete

I would love to hear from you- thank you for taking the time to leave a comment! :)