April 12, 2014

Lemon Pound Cake-Close but not quite

But, less than half the calories. Interested? Read on.

So, I love Starbucks. I have a Starbucks budget and I can promise you that I will spend every dime every month. I don’t drink or smoke. I don’t go out to bars. I don’t have an expensive or extensive collection of purses or shoes. I go to Starbucks. It’s my vice.

I also love their lemon loaf. It’s so very good. It’s especially good dunked in some coffee. However, that nice slab of lemon pound cake has 500 calories per serving. And, you can bet I’m not slicing that thing in half to share with anyone.

I’ve pinned a lot of Lemon Loaf copy cat recipes, but this time I decided to finally give one a try as the site said this was IT! It tasted the same.

It doesn’t.


But, it does taste pretty good and at more than 1/2 the calories per serving, it’s a good alternative.  It’s also not too difficult to make and not too expensive, either.  I think the original probably has butter in it instead of oil, so that might be a good substitution.  You’ll also notice that I left off the glaze from the top.  I don’t like it and this is my cake, so I can go glazeless if I want to.

Starbuck’s Lemon Loaf Cake

Lemon Pound Cake
Author: Let the Baking Being
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 12
  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 5.1oz box of instant lemon pudding
  • .5 c of olive oil (but, next time I’d try butter)
  • 4 eggs
  • .5 c milk
  • 1 c greek yogurt
  • .33 c of lemon juice
  • For Glaze (which I ommitted because I don’t love it)
  • .25 cup of butter
  • 2 c powdered sugar
  • .25c lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  1. For Cake
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare two loaf pans. I used Pam for baking and had no sticking problems
  3. Mix dry ingredients together
  4. Mix wet ingredients together
  5. Put dry ingredients in bowl of mixer. Add 1 cup of wet mixture at a time until just blended. Do not over blend! I over blended and my cake was flat.
  6. Divide evenly into two loaf pans and bake for 45-55 minutes. Mine took 45.

Adapated from Let The Baking Begin

Twelve servings would be pretty generous.  I think 16 would still give you a nice big slab of pound cake. Sixteen servings=208 calories per slice, so again, while this isn’t quite the delicious Lemon Loaf they serve at Starbucks, for half the calories, it’s pretty darn good.

Also, want to get the most juice out of your lemons?  Fork them. Seriously.  Cut your lemons in half, hold over your bowl, stick a fork into the pulp and twist.  It will yield much more juice than just squeezing.

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