Copycat of Starbucks® Lemon Bread

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.

Original recipe makes 2 loaves


1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 (4.3 ounce) package non-instant lemon pudding mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
8 ounces sour cream
1/2 cup milk
6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, or more to taste

  • 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.


Calories: 477 kcal
Carbohydrates: 70.8 g
Cholesterol: 81 mg
Fat: 20 g
Fiber: 0.5 g
Protein: 5 g
Sodium: 372 mg