The Best Lemon Bread Recipe (Better-Than-Starbucks)

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Summer wouldn’t be the same without old Fashioned lemon bread.
Whether you pair it with your tea, as a dessert, or as breakfast, homemade lemon loaf doesn’t disappoint.

This is the best ever lemon loaf you can make and bonus, it’s super easy and simple!

Why This Is The Best Lemon Bread Recipe

This recipe makes an amazingly moist and flavourful lemon sweet bread.
Indeed, every bite is filled with lemon flavor since I use lemon juice and lemon zest.

As per usual, I make sure to keep this recipe super simple and easy to follow. You can be confident about this lemon cake mix, it’s a winner and a recipe you’ll want to save!

Ingredients You’ll Need To Make This Lemon Cake Bread


You can use all-purpose white flour for this recipe. I haven’t tried the recipe with whole-wheat flour, but I would stick to white flour for this lemon bread mix.

Softened Butter

It takes between 30 to 60 minutes to soften butter to room temperature depending on its size.
If you only have cold butter and don’t want to wait, here’s a quick tip.
Cut the butter into small pieces and grate them and pound it flat with a rolling pin.


White granulated sugar is preferable for this recipe!

Milk 2%

You can 100% replace cow milk with vegetal milk like almond or oat milk. This change will have no impact on the recipe 😊


Duh! Right?! We use the juice and zest of two whole lemons to make the best lemon bread. This will ensure your bread is as flavourful as possible.


Making sure to hold your cake together and moist.

Baking Powder

This will give your lemon breakfast bread an airy texture.

A Pinch of Salt!

Don’t skip this ingredient! Why? Because a pitch of salt will enhance the flavor of the other ingredients. Additionally, salt balances the sweetness in your lemon loaf mix.

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Equipment You’ll Need To Make This Lemon Loaf Recipe

Mixing Bowls (2)

Loaf Pan


Measuring Cups

Tips and Tricks for Making This Homemade Lemon Bread

✦✧ Make sure you grease your loaf pan generously before pouring your lemon loaf mix.

✦✧Don’t skip on the lemon zest, this is the secret to its wonderful lemon flavor!

✦✧ Fresh lemon juice will always be the best for this recipe. Don’t bother with the store-bought pre-made juice for this lemon cake bread.

✦✧ You can keep this lemon loaf at room temperature for up to 4 days, but it’s usually gone by that time! 🙃

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Increase the Flavor of Lemon?

Adding lemon zest truly makes a difference in this lemon cake recipe.
Additionally, you want to make sure to add a pinch of salt to the recipe as it has the power to enhance the flavors of the other ingredients.

How Do I Store Leftovers?

Wrap your lemon bread leftover in plastic and store them in the fridge, they’ll last for up to 7 days.

Can I Freeze This Lemon Cake Bread?

Yes! You can freeze this lemon bread in a plastic container for up to 1 month.

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The Best Lemon Bread Recipe (Better-Than-Starbucks)

Moist, tasty, and easy to make. This is the best Lemon Bread recipe ever! A Starbucks copycat so accurate you won't go back!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Servings 10 slices


  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk 2%
  • 2 lemon (juice and zest)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Pre-heat the oven at 108° C (350° F)
  • In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt
  • In a separate mixing bowl, whip the butter with sugar for 2-3 minutes using an electric whip.
  • Add the eggs, milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice to the butter/sugar and keep whipping.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and mix well until you have an even cake mix.
  • Oil your loaf pan and pour the lemon cake mix.
  • Bake in the oven for 50 minutes to an hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Take out the oven and let it rest to room temperature on a grill before serving.
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The lemon cake will last 4 days at room temperature. 
You can store it in the fridge, wrapped in plastic and it will last 7 days and 1 month in the freezer.
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