Starbucks Copycat Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

If you've ever tried Starbucks Lemon Pound Cake, then you'll be thrilled to know that you can now make this at home. This copycat recipe is so close to the real deal! And we've made it so easy with a lemon cake mix.

We love lemon desserts. And this Starbucks Copycat Lemon Pound Cake ranks right at the top.

It’s super moist and bursting with lemon flavor with every bite. Then top it off with a delicious lemon glaze and it’s absolutely Heavenly!

We like using fresh lemon juice for the best lemon flavor. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

This recipe makes two loaves, so you can eat one now and then eat one 10 minutes later after you finish the first loaf. 🙂 Or you can be a good neighbor and share with someone who could use a little sunshine in their lives!

Whatever you do with both loaves, you will be so glad you have this recipe. It’s pretty much amazing!

what does sour cream do in baking?

Sour cream is usually thought of as a potato topping. But it is great in so many recipes. Even in baking.

Because of the creamy texture with sour cream, it can be added to baked goods for a moist result.

And you can always substitute light sour cream for an even healthier option when a recipe calls for regular sour cream.

Sour cream can be easily add to cakes and cookies for an even moister outcome. One of our favorite sugar cookie recipes has sour cream in the ingredients. They are the softest and yummiest cookies that have been in our family for years.

If you have a recipe that tends to be on the dry side, just add in a little sour cream for a moist result. Especially if you are at a higher elevation.

how to make Starbucks Copycat Lemon Pound Cake

You’ll need 2 9 x 5 inch loaf pans because this amazing recipes makes 2 loaves.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour 2 loaf pans.
  3. Combine the lemon cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, vegetable oil, eggs, water, and lemon juice on medium speed.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pans.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Let the loaf cool in the pan for about 30 minutes.
  7. Then remove from pan to cool completely.
  8. For the glaze mix together the powdered sugar and lemon juice and drizzle over each loaf.
  9. Slice and serve.

helpful items used in making Starbucks Copycat Lemon Pound Cake

  1. Hand Mixer – This hand mixer is our favorite. We love the pulse button.
  2. Loaf Pans – This loaf pan is so nice and non stick.
  3. Wood Cutting Board – We use wood cutting boards for slicing as well as serving.

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Serves: 16

Starbucks Copycat Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

Starbucks famous Lemon Pound Cake can be made right at home with this easy and delicious recipe!

15 minPrep Time

50 minCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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  • 1 (15.25 ounce) package lemon cake mix (I used Duncan Hines brand)
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) box instant lemon pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • Lemon Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3-4 Tablespoons lemon juice (add more or less, depending on how thick or thin you like your glaze)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour 2 9 x 5 inch loaf pans.
  3. Combine all cake ingredients in a large bowl and beat on medium speed with an electric mixer for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Pour half of the batter into each of the prepared pans.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let cool in loaf pan for about 30 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool completely.
  6. Mix together glaze ingredients and drizzle over the top of the cake.
  7. Cut into pieces and serve.


We like to use fresh lemon juice in this recipe. But bottled lemon juice works great too.


seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free



4719 cal


233 g


586 g


52 g
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