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A close up of lemon loaf in front of lemons and a blue and white checkered cloth

Cake Mix Lemon Loaf (Starbucks Copycat)

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


This sweet, dense cake mix Lemon Loaf is very easy to make quick bread and tastes every bit as delicious as Starbuck's version.


Units Scale
  • 1 box Golden Butter or Yellow Cake mix
  • 1 5 oz box instant lemon pudding
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • juice of 3 lemons (~5-6 tbsp)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Juice of one lemon (~1 tbsp)
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream or milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray pans with nonstick spray-2 loaf pans or 4 mini loaf pans
  3. In a large bowl mix cake and pudding mixes.
  4. In another bowl mix eggs, oil, milk, lemon juice and sour cream until well blended.
  5. Add half of liquid mixture to dry ingredients and mix for 10 seconds.
  6. Add remaining liquid and stir until just blended-no more than 30 seconds.
  8. Add batter to pans and bake for 25 minutes for mini loaves and 35 minutes for regular loaves. Toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf should come out clean.
  9. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan before cooling on wire rack.
  10. To make icing blend powdered cugar, heavy cream and lemon juice on high speed until smooth.
  11. Ice loaves and allow to set before serving.

Keywords: starbucks lemon loaf