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Lemon Bread Recipe (Starbucks Copycat)

By learning to make this easy Lemon Bread at home, you can enjoy a Starbucks copycat classic without the steep take-out prices. Fresh lemon juice and zest take a simple quick bread recipe to the next level, drizzled with a sweet glaze and packed with flavor.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 346 kcal


Lemon Loaf

  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour or gluten-free 1-to-1 blend
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
  • ¾ cup butter melted
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup milk regular or oat
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs large
  • 1 egg yolk


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. milk regular or oat
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice


  1. Add flour, baking soda, salt and lemon zest to a large bowl. Whisk until all ingredients are evenly dispersed.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together butter, sugar, honey, milk, lemon juice, and vanilla. Once the butter has cooled, mix in eggs and the egg yolk until fully incorporated.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Fold the mixture with a spatula until all of the ingredients are well combined, being careful not to overmix.
  4. Pour the batter into a 9x5-inch loaf pan that has been lined with a piece of parchment paper and then sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick, when inserted into the center, comes out clean.
  5. Once the loaf has completely cooled, whisk together the glaze ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Pour the glaze over the loaf and then spread to completely coat it. Let the loaf rest for a few hours so the glaze can harden. (You can speed this up by popping it in the refrigerator.) Slice and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Store: Lemon bread can be stored at room temperature, wrapped in plastic wrap or in an airtight container, for up to 2-3 days. It can also be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days, but it may dry out slightly.
  • To Freeze: Wrap the lemon bread in at least 2 layers of plastic cling wrap and store inside a freezer-safe Ziploc bag, to freeze it for up to 3 months.
  • To Reheat: It is recommended to let the loaf come to room temperature before attempting to warm it. Slices may be gently warmed in the microwave in 20-second bursts, at 50% power. Overheating may dry out the bread or cause the icing to melt away.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Bread Recipe (Starbucks Copycat)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 346 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 89mg30%
Sodium 383mg17%
Potassium 34mg1%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 500IU10%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.