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This drizzled lemon loaf is on a white plate. Fairy daffadills are on top and lemons and lemon balm garnish the loaf.
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Drizzled Lemon Loaf

Sometimes called French Yogurt Cake or Sugar Loaf this sweet, lemony quick bread is one of the easiest things ever to bake! It is very difficult to mess up. Meyer Lemons are not always in season but I use them when I can get them. They have a wonderful sweet, floral flavor. If you can't get your hands on them any other lemons will do.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Brunch and Breakfast for Dinner!
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon loaf, yogurt cake, lemon yogurt cake, starbucks lemon loaf
Servings: 8
Calories: 396kcal
Author: Mirlandra Neuneker


For The Cake

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsps. finely grated lemon zest from 1-2 lemons Meyer Lemons preferable
  • ¾ cup whole-milk Greek yogurt I use cheap brand of Honey Greek Yogurt
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ tsp vanilla

For The Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • zest from one lemon


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Coat a standard loaf pan with nonstick vegetable oil spray. Dust with flour. Tap out excess.
  • Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Using your fingers rub 1 cups sugar with 1 Tbsp. finely grated lemon zest from a Meyer Lemon in a large bowl until sugar is moist. Dump unto flour mixture
  • To flour mixture add yogurt, vegetable oil, eggs, 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice and vanilla; stir to blend.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until top of cake is golden brown and a tester inserted into center comes out clean, 45 - 50 minutes. Let cake cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Invert unto rack. Let cool completely.
  • Whisk together ingredients for the glaze and drizzle over loaf.


Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 197mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg