Starbucks Lemon Pound Loaf (Bread Machine Recipe)

I am in love with Starbucks’ Lemon Pound Cake, and for good reason, it is the best I have ever had….until I made my own that is. After many adjustments to the recipe, I found the perfect combination for a rich, lemony, buttery pound cake in less than 2 hours.


Note: This recipe can be used with any bread machine. Please add the ingredients in the order they are written.

1/2 c. vegetable oil

3 tbsp. softened butter

3 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. lemon extract

1/3 c. lemon juice

1/2 tsp. salt

1 c. sugar

1 1/2 c. flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder









Add ingredients in the order listed, and select the setting for quick breads on your machine. While the loaf is baking, prepare the glaze.

Ingredients for glaze: 1 c. powdered sugar, 2 tbsp. milk, 1/2 tsp. lemon extract

Combine the ingredients and set aside. Once the loaf is finished, immediately add the glaze for a thin layer of sweetness, or wait until the loaf is cooled for a thicker, richer taste. Enjoy!





52 thoughts on “Starbucks Lemon Pound Loaf (Bread Machine Recipe)

  1. I am addicted to Starbucks Lemon Pound Loaf. To save my wallet from a heart attack, I tried your version and I love it! It’s more buttery and creamy. I dare say it is better than Starbucks!

    • I like both recipes, though this recipe is more satisfying with the moist richness the extra butter adds.

  2. How long is your bread machine’s quick bread cycle? My bread was only half baked when I got it out of my bread machine! Thanks.

  3. Thanks for this! FYI. My loaf was also not finished baking after the full rapid cycle. It fell apart when I attempted to turn it out of the machine. The bread (cake, really), however, is incredibly tasty and we will definitely make this again in the regular oven. I just thought I would make sure I noted that it didn’t get done in my machine. :)

    • Interesting. Not sure how to remedy that, but try it in the oven. I messed up my first two attempts before getting mine to work, and no crumb was spared!

    • I do! Though I have just moved, and haven’t unpacked my bread machine yet. More will be coming soon.

    • This recipe is for a 2 lb setting, though it has been used by others for a 1.5lb setting with excellent results.

  4. So yummy!!!!!!! I can’t stop making it. P.S. This works well with both 1.5 and 2 pound loaves, there is just has a slight difference in density.

  5. I have made this twice!!! Is delicious!!! The only thing is that mine doesn’t come out completely, it sticks in the oven pan. Thank you very much for this excellent recipe!

  6. I made this on the 2 lb setting in my bread machine. I don’t keep lemon extract on hand so I zested 1 lemon and put 3/4 of the zest in the cake ingredients and the remainder in the glaze. I wanted to mention that my bread machine automatically sets the crust to medium and I didn’t change it which led my loaf to be overdone and slightly dry. I poked holes in it with a wooden spoon handle and poured 1/2 the glaze over while the cake was warm. I “frosted” the loaf with the rest of the glaze once the cake had cooled. The flavor of this loaf is really, REALLY good. My husband has already requested it again!! I’m making a Key Lime version of it today. I’m looking forward to more of your bread machine recipes!!

    • Oh my! I’m going to try the glaze trick you did next time I make this loaf. I have a lot more coming up real soon.

  7. I’m still learning everything about my machine, but this was easy enough for me. You must do more, please.

  8. Just put everything in and it’s just starting! I’m so excited- Hope it turns out! Thanks for sharing!

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