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Note: This post first appeared on February 28, 2012. The recipe has been edited slightly (to make the recipe easier to understand if you were having issues before) and the photography got a facelift! Enjoy!

This Starbucks copycat lemon pound cake recipe will bring you a feeling of Spring in your kitchen! The lemon flavor bursts in every bite. It's so fresh and fragrant!

Oh my goodness. The last week has been a whirlwind. We finally moved to our new house, unpacked everything, and are settling in quite nicely. The first few days after moving in were completely and utterly chaotic. I honestly feel that that is the understatement of the year. I applaud those who move a lot. I’m sure you become a pro at it at some point and don’t think anything of moving anymore but holy cow — that is something I cannot do. This is our dream home and I hope we don’t ever have to move from it. We (I) have so much stuff for just the two of us but the amount of space in our new house is just dreamy and a clean slate.

I can’t wait to take you on a tour! I’m thinking once things are more put together, I’ll have to do a room tour or something either on Instagram Live or Facebook Live. I’ll, of course, post photos on the blog, too. :) I’m slightly behind on posting photos of getting the keys and the final look of the house but I’ll get there! I’m playing major catchup. I’m kind of dreading going back to work to a bulging inbox.

This Starbucks copycat lemon pound cake recipe will bring you a feeling of Spring in your kitchen! The lemon flavor bursts in every bite. It's so fresh and fragrant!

This lemon pound cake is totally a Spring must-make. Lemons give you that extra spring-feel and the fresh flavor is just bursting in this pound cake.

You might say that this lemon pound cake looks familiar. And it is because it’s the Starbucks copycat.

Every time I go to Starbucks, I get sucked into buying a lemon pound cake. They strategically placed the darn pastry counter right next to the cash register, so when the line is out the door, you’re standing by the pastries for a good 5-10 minutes. Who, in their right mind, after standing next to sugary goodness would pass on them?

I sure don’t. I almost always get the lemon pound cake. I love how moist it is and how the lemony glaze rounds out the overall lemon pound cake flavor.

This Starbucks copycat lemon pound cake recipe will bring you a feeling of Spring in your kitchen! The lemon flavor bursts in every bite. It's so fresh and fragrant!

The lemon pound cake itself has a subtle lemon flavor but you really don’t get the citrus punch until the glaze hits your tongue. It’s tart and sweet at the same time and rounds out the cake part. It makes it the perfect sweetness and goes great with coffee or tea :)

This Starbucks copycat lemon pound cake recipe will bring you a feeling of Spring in your kitchen! The lemon flavor bursts in every bite. It's so fresh and fragrant!

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Lemon Pound Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 5 mins
 
Lemon Pound Cake recipe inspired by my favorite Starbuck's treat!
Servings: 12
Ingredients
For the cake:
  • 15 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • Zest of 2 lemons
For the glaze:
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • Juice of 2 lemons, use the lemons you used for the zest
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Beat milk, eggs, and the extracts in a bowl and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, sift together flour, sugar, and baking powder and add the lemon zest. Stir to combine.
  4. Add the softened butter to the flour mixture and mix on low until just combined, about 30 seconds.
  5. Then slowly add in the milk mixture, beating on medium speed until batter is combined. Turn the mixer speed on high and beat for an additional 20-30 seconds.
  6. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of the cake.
  7. Allow cake to cool for 15 minutes then un-mold.
  8. While cake is cooling, make the glaze. Combine powdered sugar and juice of 1 lemon, at first then slowly add the juice of the other lemon. Everyone likes their glaze consistency different so if you like it thicker, add less lemon juice, if you like it runnier, add more lemon juice.
  9. Once cake is cooled, take a fork and pierce all over the top of the cake. Unmold and set on a wire rack with parchment or wax paper underneath. Pour the glaze evenly over the top and let it cool for 10-15 more minutes before slicing.
  10. Store in an airtight container for 1 week.
Recipe Notes

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Posted on April 09, 2017

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  1. 02/28/2012 at 8:46 am

    This is the perfect way to kickoff pre-spring! That’s such a thing, right? :)

  2. 02/28/2012 at 9:02 am

    i LOVE lemon pound cake! yours looks so incredibly amazing. i’m now hungry and i just ate breakfast. i had no idea so much butter was involved with pound cake (i’ve never made it before!) but that’s probably why i love it so much….!

  3. 02/28/2012 at 9:23 am

    Out of all the things at Sbux, this is what always tempts me. I’m a sucker for a good pound cake. Absolute sucker. In fact, it’s my dad’s bday today and I was just thinking about making him a pound cake for dessert. Of the chocolate variety though :)

  4. 02/28/2012 at 9:51 am

    I love lemon cakes and that lemon glaze just looks like the perfect topping. So delicious!

  5. 02/28/2012 at 10:36 am

    I’m such a fan of lemon poundcake and you have my heart with the almond extract…perfect combination!!

  6. 02/28/2012 at 11:34 am

    I love lemon everything… this cake has my mouth watering!

    : ))
    Jen

  7. 02/28/2012 at 12:29 pm

    I love your copycat recipes! And I loovvee this pound cake recipe :)

  8. 02/28/2012 at 5:00 pm

    I love all things lemon so this is right up my alley! I made a lemon cake a while ago and now you have me craving this one too!

  9. 02/28/2012 at 6:15 pm

    Amazing! Looks so soft!

  10. 02/28/2012 at 9:46 pm

    I love lemon cake. It is so refreshing. Just perfect with a hot cup of “Chai”. This cake looks wonderful!
    Love the photographs!!!

  11. 02/29/2012 at 1:33 am

    This lemon cakes looks better than the ones at Starbucks! The pictures are beautiful too.

  12. 02/29/2012 at 7:10 am

    I love lemon pound cake. Your pics are gorgeous and make me want to reach through the screen and take a bite!

  13. 02/29/2012 at 8:10 am

    Oh, geez, don’t even get me started on that Starbuck’s lemon pound cake. I think it is quite possibly the best thing they have. Your version looks just like it and THAT is deliciously dangerous!

  14. 02/29/2012 at 11:04 am

    Lemon desserts are hands-down my absolute favorite. I think if I made this, I’d eat the whole thing by myself!

    I love all your copycat recipes. Jaden (@SteamyKitchen) said at FBF in Nashville that someone needs to come up with a blog that takes restaurant recipes and makes them at home. Like, each post would have the the restaurant food photo on the left and the at-home version photo on the right. Make it the same, make it healthier, cheaper, whatever. I thought it was a great idea!

    ps If you tag your recipes ‘copycat Starbucks poundcake’ or ‘copycat Chick-fil-A nuggets’ you’ll get a lot of google hits from people searching with those terms. Tags are key! :)

    • 02/29/2012 at 11:12 am

      Aw thanks :) I think if I had the time to do a copycat restaurant blog, I’d totally do it, but I just don’t have that time! That’s probably why my copycats are so sporadic lol..and thank you for the tip on the tags ;) I just went and added some! hehe <3

  15. 02/29/2012 at 11:38 am

    Hi, Julie.

    Thanks so much for this tasty and easy recipe. Just in time for my improvised owl cake.
    http://happyhangaround.com/2012/02/29/leap-day-a-tradition-and-an-owl/

    Enjoy!

  16. 03/01/2012 at 4:39 am

    That looks amazing. So much better than the cake at Starbucks. No contest.

  17. 03/05/2012 at 11:08 am

    Wow. Delish! I couldn’t agree more…how can we pass up the tempting treats staring us in the face?! impossible. At least homemade doesn’t have all the icky preservatives and things in it.

  18. 03/07/2012 at 10:46 am

    This looks absolutely delicious. Love the addition of almond extract and that glaze really is the “icing on the cake” !

  19. Bridget
    03/26/2012 at 8:47 pm

    This looks so yummy! I need to try it!

    Oh, and it’s not ‘It’s so fuzzy!’, it is “It’s so fluffy!’

  20. Sarah
    08/11/2012 at 11:12 am

    OOh this looks so good!

    Can you tell me approximately how many tablespoons of zest are added (and maybe how much juice is added too..?) The lemons I get where I live are quite small (about the size of walnuts) and I don’t want to mess up the recipe.

    Please and thank you :).

    P.s. love your blog btw <3

    • 08/11/2012 at 3:06 pm

      I would say approx. 2 tbsp of zest and 2 tbsp. of lemon juice..glad you’re enjoying the blog! :)

  21. Sarah
    08/11/2012 at 11:13 am

    OOh this looks so good!

    Can you tell me approximately how many tablespoons of zest are added (and maybe how much juice is added too..?) The lemons I get where I live are quite small (about the size of walnuts) and I don’t want to mess up the recipe.

    Please and thank you :).

    P.s. love your blog btw <3

  22. Marina
    09/09/2012 at 5:43 pm

    Hello. I was wondering if I could use a hand mixer with this cake? I dont have a stand mixer. Thank you.

  23. Marina
    09/09/2012 at 6:46 pm

    Okay, Thank you!!

  24. 03/01/2014 at 8:24 am

    Julie, I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe. It looks great!

  25. Sommer @aspicyperspective
    04/10/2017 at 9:29 am

    I need a few slices of this fabulous cake soon! Perfect for Spring parties too!

  26. Naomi
    04/10/2017 at 10:12 am

    So bright and flavorful for spring!

  27. Heather Christo
    04/10/2017 at 10:50 am

    The cake looks wonderful! So glad that you are loving your new house Julie!

  28. Maria
    04/10/2017 at 12:30 pm

    I love all things lemon!

  29. Kevin @ Closet Cooking
    04/11/2017 at 9:43 am

    What an amazing looking cake!

  30. Sommer @aspicyperspective
    04/14/2017 at 10:40 am

    This looks fabulous! I think I could eat the whole cake by myself!

  31. Corry Oosterhouse
    04/20/2017 at 3:49 pm

    Yum!!! Another great recipe, Liz!! Now that I am over this “bug” that’s been going around, I am in the mood for baking!! (Had it off and on for a month!) I love, love lemon pound cake!! I am so happy you’ve moved into your new house–can’t wait to see pictures of the house and the back yard where you hope to have your own garden!
    Time to go pin the recipe!!❤️😊❤️

  32. Corry Oosterhouse
    04/20/2017 at 3:52 pm

    Oops, I thought I was commenting on Liz’s page! Please delete the reference to her new house! Thanks!

    • Julie
      04/20/2017 at 7:09 pm

      What’s funny is, I did move into a new house, lol – maybe Liz did too!

      • CorryOosterhouse
        04/21/2017 at 7:00 am

        I guess I had a Senior Moment thinking I was answering Liz!!😆 Yes, Liz and her family are moving into a new house too!!LOL!! She is very exited about it of course and especially because she’ll be able to have a garden! My husband and I have had an organic garden for over 50 years, so we can give her a few tips!! Wishing you much happiness in your new home!!❤️

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