The other day a recipe was going around Facebook for a copycat recipe for Starbucks’ lemon loaf.  The photograph was absolutely perfect – and this particular post was shared almost a half-a-million times!

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If those two things combined don’t make you want to whip up the recipe, then nothing will…. so I did.

It was nice; fluffy, tasty, good icing – totally edible – but not uber-lemony, and certainly not as moist as Starbucks’.

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My friend Lindsay added a comment to the bottom of the post directing me to try another variation of the Starbucks lemon loaf which was much more zesty…. so I did.  (yes, my pants are splitting at the seams).

I tried both, and can honestly tell you that the following recipe was hands down the winner.

Make that a hands up winner!

Starbucks lemon loaf (knock-off):

  • 1 cup butter (at room temperature)
  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • 4 extra large eggs
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flower
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ cup lemon juice
  • ¾ cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 3 ½ tbsp lemon juice

This Starbucks lemon loaf recipe is a variation on one from the Food Network, so if you want the original recipe, with the fresh lemons and buttermilk, please click here – but I promise, this version is spectacular!

Directions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 350° farenheit
  2. Grease and flour (and line with parchment paper if you wish) two 9″ loaf pans

  3.  Cream the butter and 2 cups of the sugar together in a large mixing bowl.  Mix until light and fluffy – about 5 minutes.

  4.  On medium speed, add the eggs, one at a time and then the lemon extract.  Mix thoroughly.

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  1.  In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside.

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  1.  In a third bowl, combine the ¼ cup lemon juice, milk and vanilla.  The milk will curdle slightly – don’t worry.

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  1.  Add the flour and milk mixture to the batter a small amount at a time – alternating between.  (Truthfully, I added all the flour at once and all the milk – but it might taste even better if done this way?)
  • Divide the batter evenly between loaf pans and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until a knife dipped into the centre comes out clean.

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    1. In a small saucepan, combine the ½ cup sugar with ½ cup lemon juice and cook over low heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  •  When the cakes are done, allow to cool for 10 minutes, then remove them from the pans and set on a cookie sheet.

  •  Spoon the lemon syrup over your Starbucks lemon loaf and allow it to cool completely.

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    For the icing:  Combine 2 cups icing sugar and 3 tbsp lemon juice and mix until smooth.

    Pour over the tops of the loaves and enjoy!

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    This Starbucks lemon loaf knock-off is only about 2/3 the height of the first version I tried, but it is 10 times more lemony and SOOOO moist!

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    Amazing Amy and I baked together today, so each of us was left with a loaf – and if I’m being honest, I NEEDED her to take the second one…  I don’t know that I could have stopped eating this.

    Starbucks lemon loaf knock-off, lemon loaf, moist lemon loaf, tangy lemon loaf

    As it was I ate two pieces before it had even completely cooled.  My salivary glands are shooting across the room just thinking about the lemony-ness of this.

    If you love lemon and and a bit of perk to your lemon loaf – try this recipe.  I promise you’ll be saying “Starbucks who?” afterwards.

    Thank you Linds and thank you Amy!

    Have a great one!

     

     

     

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