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Cooking With Rania: Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf Cake

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Rania Harris, of Rania's Catering, is making her own version of a favorite at Starbucks -- the Lemon Loaf Cake!

Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf Cake

(Photo Credit: KDKA)


3 large eggs – left at room temperature for 30 minutes
1 cup full fat sour cream – left at room temperature for 30 minutes
Baking spray / parchment for lining the loaf pan
1 ½ cup cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
2 medium lemons
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup canola oil
1 tablespoon lemon extract
1 cup powdered sugar


Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper so the paper hangs off the two long sides and coat with baking spray.

Place 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in a medium bowl, and whisk to combine.

Finely grate the zest from 2 medium lemons (about 2 tablespoons). Squeeze the lemons until you have 4 tablespoons juice. Place 1 cup granulated sugar and the lemon zest in a large bowl. Use your fingers to rub the zest into the sugar until it's well-combined and fragrant. Add the eggs, sour cream, 2 ½ tablespoons of the lemon juice, ½ cup canola oil, and 1 tablespoon lemon extract, and whisk until the sugar is dissolved and no lumps from the sour cream remain.

Add the flour mixture and whisk until smooth, about 30 seconds. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula.

Bake until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes in the pan. Lift the cake from the pan using the parchment paper, place on a wire rack, and let cool completely, about 1 hour.

Whisk 1 cup powdered sugar and the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice together in a small bowl until smooth and creamy. Spread evenly over the top of the cake, letting some of it drip down the sides. Let sit until the icing is set, about 30 minutes.

Storage: The cake can be tightly wrapped in plastic wrap and kept at room temperature for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 3 months.


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