Copycat of Starbucks® Lemon Bread Recipe -
Copycat of Starbucks(R) Lemon Bread Recipe
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Copycat of Starbucks® Lemon Bread

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"A Starbucks® favorite that you can copycat in your own kitchen. Recipe shared with me by a friend. Delicious with a cup of fresh-brewed coffee."

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Original recipe makes 2 loaves Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    50 mins

    1 hr 55 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 2 loaf pans.
  2. Combine cake mix, pudding mix, oil, eggs, sour cream, milk, and 6 tablespoons lemon juice into bowl of stand mixer; beat for 2 minutes and pour into prepared loaf pans.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool in the pans for 20 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. Whisk confectioners' sugar and 3 tablespoons lemon juice together in a bowl until smooth; spoon evenly over the loaves and let set before slicing, about 30 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 07, 2014

This is my recipe. For more lemon flavor, make the following adjustment: Use two 2.9 ounce boxes of cook-and-serve lemon pudding mix (unprepared), and swap a 16.5 ounce lemon cake mix for the yellow cake mix. It is soooo good.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 20, 2014

Not sure why but mine didn't turn out moist. It was very dry and not like Starbucks at all. Perhaps adding lemon pudding mix, apple sauce or switching to real butter instead of oil might help. Will not make again

Oct 07, 2014

This satisfied my Starbucks lemon bread craving, and my wife can't stop slicing off additional little thin slices. I am making more tonight!

Feb 01, 2015

I used lemon flavored cake as suggested and boy was it extremely lemony. If you really love lemon, then use the lemon cake mix, otherwise stick to the yellow cake mix. I also baked it in a Bundt pan for about 43 minutes and it was very moist and delicious. Huge hit with my friends who really love intense lemon flavor. I'm not sure what other reviews are talking about when they said it was not moist or off putting. Not sure if an ingredient was left out or not. This is an outstanding copycat of Starbucks lemon bread and I will definitely make it again.

Mar 14, 2014

This recipe was amazing and gone in seconds!Just like the real thing and super moist!

Apr 17, 2015

All I can say is- unbelievable! I did use the lemon cake mix and definitely recommend it. I also added a bit more lemon in frosting. I had lots of compliments on this recipe.

Mar 17, 2015

This is Very good-- I half the recipe using 1 9oz jiffy yellow cake mix and 1 box of cook and serve pudding-- I baked 45 min- let rest about 10 min and shook out of bread pan - cooled and glazed it with a mixture of about 1 cup confectionary sugar,1T. soft butter and 1T. lemon juice - and then grated fresh lemon on top- its pretty and yummy-I will be making again ..easy recipe

Jan 13, 2015

Followed recipe exactly but baked in a bundt pan for 40ish minutes. Turned out moist and delicious. Brought it to work for a morning meeting and cake was devoured. Definitely making again soon.


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  • Calories
  • 477 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 70.8 g
  • 23%
  • Cholesterol
  • 72 mg
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 20 g
  • 31%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 5 g
  • 10%
  • Sodium
  • 372 mg
  • 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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