Keto Lemon Pound Cake (Starbucks copycat)

by hungryelephant

One of the things that I really enjoyed pre-keto is the lemon poppyseed loaf from Starbucks. There’s just something about it! It’s not overly tart, but it’s also sweet. It was always on my go-to purchases when I visited Starbs so I figured I’d need to make a keto lemon pound cake.

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I gotta say though, this tastes EXACTLY like one from Starbs and the best part is that it is totally keto friendly, low carb, sugar & gluten free and totally EASY to make.

Now, I know lemon cakes are overdone on keto, but I found the perfect way to give it that Starbucks lemon flavour – the trick is to use lemon extract, lemon zest AND lemon juice. Usually you can find lemon extract in the grocery store near the vanilla.

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The lemon extract is vital for this recipe. If you use just lemon juice, it will be incredibly tart and it won’t have the same taste as a traditional lemon loaf. I did make a lemon cake that is more tart – check that recipe out here.


Keto Starbucks Lemon Loaf
Yield: 14

Keto Starbucks Lemon Loaf

A homemade lemon loaf that tastes EXACTLY like one from Starbucks and the best part is that it is totally keto friendly, low carb, sugar & gluten free and totally EASY to make!



In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all the loaf ingredients.

Pour the mixture into a bread tin that is lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 350°F / 175°C for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

And that's it! Super easy!


This makes roughly 14 slices.

Nutritional Information per slice:

CALS: 139

FAT: 12.7

CARBS: 3.9

FIBRE: 1.8



Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139Total Fat: 12.7gCarbohydrates: 3.9gFiber: 2.1gProtein: 4.5g

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Trudy January 15, 2019 - 3:29 pm

Thank you. It looks yummy.

Kim February 21, 2019 - 4:19 pm

I tried this with swerve and it had a really weird aftertaste. Is there another sugar substitute you’d recommend?

Kayla Mcintyre October 27, 2019 - 3:50 am

After baking it where does it go? Does it sit out or see it go in the fridge? Ty

hungryelephant October 28, 2019 - 11:33 am

I wrapped mine in cling wrap and left it out on the counter. You can refrigerate it though if wanted.


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