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Classic Glazed Lemon Loaf
Classic Glazed Lemon Loaf
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
This Classic Glazed Lemon Loaf tastes just like the legendary Starbucks lemon pound loaf. It is soft and moist bursting with tangy lemon flavour, and glazed with a sweet, delicious frosting.
  • 1 ½ cups / 180g all-purpose / cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Zest of 1 medium lemon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup / 115g butter room temperature
  • 1 cup / 200g white sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ cup / 125ml buttermilk SEE NOTE 1
  • 1 Tablespoon / 15 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons sifted confectioners’ / powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ cup / 180g confectioners’ / powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp / 30ml milk or boiling water
  • 1 tbsp / 15ml lemon juice or lemon extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C Grease and line a 9x5-inch / 23 x 13 cm loaf pan.
  2. In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder, lemon zest, and salt and set aside.
  3. In another bowl, beat the butter and sugar until creamy and add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in the vanilla extract and lemon juice and beat well.
  4. In this bowl, add the flour and buttermilk alternately. That is add in ½ the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Pour in half the buttermilk and mix until just combined. Repeat with the other half of the flour mixture ending with the last half of the buttermilk. Mix until just incorporated. Do not overmix.
  5. Pour the batter into a greased and lined loaf pan and bake at 320°F /160°C for about 35 to 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Remember that this is only a guide as oven temperatures vary, so it might bake a little faster or slower depending on your oven.
  6. After it has baked, remove it from the oven and leave in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and brush with a lemon juice and powdered sugar syrup. Allow to cool completely before adding the glaze.
  1. Combine the lemon juice and sifted powdered sugar and mix well
  1. To make the glaze, add 2 Tablespoons milk or boiling water and 1 teaspoon lemon juice or lemon extract to 1 ½ cups powdered sugar. SEE NOTE 2

Recipe Notes
  1. If you do not have yoghurt then make your own by adding 1 teaspoon / 5 ml lemon juice mixed into 1/2 cup ( 125ml) milk
    Set aside for 5 minutes before using in the recipe. 
  2. If you prefer the glaze thicker, then add ¼ cup more powdered sugar at a time andmix to your preferred consistency. If you prefer the glaze thinner, then add a teaspoon at a time of the milk or water and mix to your desired consistency.