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Starbucks copycat lemon loaf

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Starbucks copycat lemon loaf

This Starbucks Copycat Lemon Loaf is to die for!  Not only is this a close second to the real deal, it’s just delicious!  This is a simple recipe to make, and you can make it ahead and keep it in the refrigerator, and it will be ready when you need it. 

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It’s really a tender cake batter, and the sweet Lemon flavor is sure to please the Lemon lover at your table.  Make sure to put this one in your favorites, it’s a keeper!


  • 1 Stick of Butter – softened
  • 1 1/2 cups of Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla
  • 2 cups of Flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Soda
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Baking Powder
  • 1 Fresh Lemon – Juiced
  • 1 Tablespoon of Goodman’s Lemon Flavoring
  • 1/2 cup of Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 cup of Whole Milk
  • 1 teaspoon of Lemon Zest


  • 2 cups of Powdered Sugar
  • 1 – 2 Tablespoons of Milk
  • 1 teaspoon of Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Vanilla

In a large bowl, add the softened Butter, Sugar, Vanilla, and Eggs, and mix with a large spoon or whisk until blended smooth. In a separate bowl, add the Flour, Salt, Soda, and Baking Powder, and sift all together until fluffy. 

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In a large measuring cup with a spout, add the Juiced Lemon, Goodman’s Lemon Flavoring, Lemon Zest, Heavy Cream, and Milk, and stir well to blend. 

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Add about 1/3 of the Flour Mixture to the Bowl with the Sugar and Eggs and add about 1/3 of the Milk/Lemon mixture to the bowl, and stir just until blended, and continue until all of the flour and milk/lemon mixtures have been added. 

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Do not over-mix, mix just until blended – over-mixing will cause the loaf to fall during baking. 

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Grease and Flour a Loaf Pan and pour the batter into the Loaf pan.  Place the Loaf Pan into the Oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, and then turn down the heat to 325 degrees for another 30 to 40 minutes, checking the Loaf with a toothpick to test for doneness.  When a toothpick comes out clean, remove the loaf from the oven to a wire rack to cool.  Leave in the pan for about 3 minutes, before removing the Loaf to the wire rack to completely cool.

When Loaf is cool, make the Icing: 

In a bowl, add the Powdered Sugar, Milk, Lemon Juice and Vanilla, and stir well until the Icing is thick, smooth, and creamy.  If Icing is not thick, add a little more powdered Sugar, and stir to blend.  Icing needs to be thick to resemble Starbucks Icing.  Ice the Loaf with the Icing, all across the top, and down the sides.  Place Loaf in the refrigerator until time to serve.  When ready to serve, cut Loaf in 1-inch slices, serve, and enjoy!

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