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Starbucks copycat iced lemon loaf pound cake without buttermilk

Starbucks Copycat Iced Lemon Loaf

Kachina @ Sweet Mouth Joy
A moist and zesty lemon pound cake loaf topped with a tangy lemon icing - just like Starbucks!

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4.8 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Chill Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings


Lemon pound cake:

  • 170 g (¾ cups) unsalted butter (room temp.)
  • 200 g (1 cups) caster sugar
  • 3 eggs (large)
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil (or sunflower or canola oil)
  • 3 tablespoon milk (whole or semi-skimmed)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 lemon’s zest and juice (equals roughly 2 tablespoon juice)
  • 180 g (1 ½ cups) plain (all-purpose) flour (see notes for self-raising flour swap)
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

Lemon icing:

  • 150 g (1 ¼ cups) Icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • ½ lemon’s juice (roughly 1 tablespoon lemon juice)
  • 1-2 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) milk (optional depending on consistency)


Lemon pound cake:

  • Preheat oven: 180°C / 160°C (fan) / Gas Mark 4 / 350°F
  • Cream together the butter and sugar, either using a spatula, electric hand mixer or stand mixer.
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and stir in the oil and milk.
  • Stir in the salt, lemon zest and juice, then sieve in the plain flour and baking powder, folding in until just combined.
  • Pour the cake batter into a greased and lined 2lb loaf tin for 45-50 minutes and bake until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Allow the loaf to cool in the tin for 10mins before removing from the tin and transferring to cool on a wire rack.

Lemon icing:

  • Once the lemon loaf cake has cooled, sieve the icing sugar into a small bowl and add the lemon juice, stirring until smooth. If your icing is too thick to spread, add 1 teaspoon of milk at a time until spreadable consistency.
  • Slowly pour the icing over the loaf, spreading evenly across the top. Enjoy straight away or allow the icing to set first.


  • You can swap the plain (all-purpose) flour in this recipe for self-raising flour of the same quantity (180g) and exclude the baking powder.


Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 422IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is an estimate based on an online nutritional calculator, actual values may vary.

Keyword Lemon, Loaf, Pound Cake, Starbucks Copycat
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