Copycat Starbucks® Lemon Bread


For the Bread:

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 (4.3 ounce) package non-instant lemon pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, or more to taste


  1. Preheat and Prepare:
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 2 loaf pans.
  2. Mix the Batter:
    In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine cake mix, pudding mix, oil, eggs, sour cream, milk, and 6 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Beat for 2 minutes until well combined and smooth.
  3. Bake the Bread:
    Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans. Bake in the preheated oven for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. Cool:
    Allow the loaves to cool in the pans for 20 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Prepare the Icing:
    In a bowl, whisk together confectioners’ sugar and 3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice until smooth.
  6. Ice the Loaves:
    Spoon the icing evenly over the cooled loaves. Allow it to set for about 30 minutes before slicing.
  7. Serve:
    Once the icing has set, slice the bread into thick, delicious slices.


  • Add lemon zest to the batter for an extra burst of citrus flavor.
  • Adjust the amount of lemon juice in the icing to suit your preferred level of tartness.

Indulge in the delightful flavors of this Copycat Starbucks® Lemon Bread, a perfect replica of the beloved treat from the coffeehouse giant. The moist and lemony bread, complemented by a tangy lemon icing, creates a heavenly combination. Whether enjoyed with a cup of coffee or as a sweet snack, this recipe brings the Starbucks® experience to your home kitchen.