Lighter Lemon Loaf Cake

Lighter lemon loaf cake is such a delicious and easy cake to make. It’s based on Starbucks lemon loaf cake so if you love that but want a version with less calories and fat then this is for you! 

Lighter lemon loaf cake is such a delicious and easy cake to make. It's based on Starbucks lemon loaf cake so if you love that but want a version with less calories and fat then this is for you! 

Lighter lemon loaf cake is my lighter version of the tasty lemon loaf cake that you find in Starbucks.

As I mentioned in the wholemeal chocolate cranberry cookies recipe last Thursday I see it every morning when I pop in for my Americano and I’d been wanting to make a lower calorie version of it for a while so that’s what I’ve done here.

I tried my version out on my colleagues at work who not only assured me that the taste and texture were identical to the original Starbucks one, but also wolfed down the whole loaf I left in our communal kitchen in one hour. I think that says it all!

Lighter lemon loaf cake is such a delicious and easy cake to make. It's based on Starbucks lemon loaf cake so if you love that but want a version with less calories and fat then this is for you! 

Now folks, my recipe is not in any way dissing the actual lemon loaf cake you get in Starbucks. I’m a huge fan of Starbucks, their cakes look amazing and I enjoy their coffee daily. I’m just conscious of the fat and calories that I consume, that’s all.

On the cake label in the Starbucks store, they advertise their lemon loaf cake as having 360 calories per slice.

What I’ve got for you here is still a really soft and moist tender lemon zest packed cake which I’ve then covered in a lemon juice and icing sugar topping. And all that comes in at only 154 calories per slice.

Lighter lemon loaf cake is such a delicious and easy cake to make. It's based on Starbucks lemon loaf cake so if you love that but want a version with less calories and fat then this is for you! 

This is a remarkably simple cake to make too.

I’m not one who has loads of time to faff about in the kitchen with all sorts of different cake batters and layers to be added as well as a pristine topping. Nope, I just want to make a cake, because I love cake, and then share it with people who I know will appreciate it. Like my work colleagues and you folks!

Two bowls of ingredients mixed together, a loaf tin for baking and a bowl of icing sugar mixed with lemon juice. I’ve even managed to minimise the washing up as well as the calories and fat here.

I accept your thanks. 😉

Lighter lemon loaf cake is such a delicious and easy cake to make. It's based on Starbucks lemon loaf cake so if you love that but want a version with less calories and fat then this is for you! 

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Lighter lemon loaf cake is such a delicious and easy cake to make. It's based on Starbucks lemon loaf cake so if you love that but want a version with less calories and fat then this is for you! 
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Lighter Lemon Loaf Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Lighter lemon loaf cake is such a delicious and easy cake to make. It's based on Starbucks lemon loaf cake but with with less calories and fat.
Course: Home Baking
Servings: 14 slices
Calories: 154 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
  • 300 g self raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100 g golden caster sugar
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 100 ml Greek yogurt
  • 50 ml sunflower oil
  • 125 ml lemon juice
  • ½ tbsp. vanilla extract
For the topping :-
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C and grease a 20cm x 12.5cm / 8” x 5” loaf tin.

  2. Sift all of the dry ingredients, the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, caster sugar and lemon zest.

  3. In a separate bowl, add the wet ingredients the eggs, yogurt, oil, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Mix together.

  4. Gradually pour the wet ingredients into the larger bowl with the dry ingredients. Fold all of the ingredients together either using a spatula.

  5. Pour cake mixture into loaf tin and bake for 20 - 25 minutes until risen and golden brown.

  6. Check the loaf has cooked by inserting a wooden skewer / cocktail stick into the centre which should come out clean if cooked then remove from the oven.

  7. Allow to cool slightly in the tin before removing and transferring to a wire baking rack.

  8. In a measuring jug make the icing by whisking together the icing sugar and lemon juice and pour on top of the loaf spreading out evenly.

  9. Store in an air tight container or slice into 14 slices and freeze.

Nutrition Facts
Lighter Lemon Loaf Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 154 Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.6g 7%
Saturated Fat 0.9g 5%
Monounsaturated Fat 1.8g
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 155.2mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0.7g 3%
Sugars 7.8g
Protein 3.7g 7%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 10%
Calcium 6%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Lighter lemon loaf cake is such a delicious and easy cake to make. It's based on Starbucks lemon loaf cake so if you love that but want a version with less calories and fat then this is for you! 

Now, some of you might be thinking “2 cake recipes in a row, where’s the quick healthy meals”? Well don’t worry I’ve got you covered on Thursday.

It’s just that there’s something about this time of year that makes me want to bake. Maybe its the onset of the colder, darker days and the need to fill my kitchen up with glorious smells and little treats to cheer us all up. Or maybe it’s just because its the run up to Christmas and it’s kind of the time of year when it’s OK to indulge a little? Still, I think that’s OK and anyway this lighter lemon loaf cake and the last cake recipe have both been “healthier” alternatives haven’t they?

So Folks on Thursday I’ve got a new one pan chicken and cannellini beans quick healthy family meal for you and your family. Not a cake. In fact the next cake recipe I’ve got planned is a glorious new Cheesecake recipe. One just in time for Christmas. That is if I can get it to set. Last weekend it collapsed all over the kitchen worktop. Having said that Lady Lynne still appeared with a spoon in hand…..so at least I got the taste right. 😆

Catch you Thursday 😉

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Lighter lemon loaf cake is such a delicious and easy cake to make. It's based on Starbucks lemon loaf cake so if you love that but want a version with less calories and fat then this is for you! 

Comments

  1. Oh WOW! Neil, my daughter and I LOVE Starbuck’s lemon slices – we usually cut one in half and enjoy a small half each – but – with this lightened up version of yours, we could enjoy a WHOLE slice!!! A WHOLE SLICE!!!! WOW! It’s such a simple recipe – I bought a ton of lemons to make limoncello with and now know what to do with ’em! Thanks so much for this one – cannot wait to try it out! Hope y’all have a wonderful week!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Ha ha yes that’s right Shashi, you and your daughter CAN now enjoy a whole slice of this lemon loaf cake each! I’ve got to admit I’ve no idea how the Starbucks one is so calorific, I mean there must be a ton of sugar and butter in it, right?

      Hope you get a chance to make this and hope you really enjoy it too!

  2. Such a perfect cake and awesome combination of ingredients, Neil. It will go perfectly with a cup of green tea. 😉

  3. I hear ya about baking during the winter, Neil! There’s just something about getting in the kitchen and baking up delicious treats that helps you forget about the dark, cold days outside. I’ve seen this lemon cake at Starbucks, but like you I’ve never actually tried a slice. I just get my cup of coffee and go about my merry way. But you’ve got my attention now! I love a good lemon cake, and this looks moist and delicious…perfect to nibble on with my morning cup of coffee! I might have to give this one a try during the holidays. I love a good lemon dessert, and the use of Greek yogurt here is a fun twist! 🙂
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  4. I adore lemon cake–one of my favorite things. I kind of want to add blueberries to it, but I might have to wait for spring!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Blueberries in this lemon cake would be absolutely amazing Susie! I love that idea, never thought of it. I say GO FOR IT!

  5. Ben|Havocinthekitchen says:

    A delicious cake which doesn’t have all these calories and fats than a regular cake would? And just 150 calories per slice? Neil, is it Christmas yet (Cause it feels you’ve brought an amazing gift haha). And you know what’s also good about a healthier cake? You can eat more of it!:)

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      As it’s near enough Christmas Ben I say we should definitely eat more of this cake.

      I mean if two slices of this equals one slice of the actual Starbucks cake then who am I to deny anyone that pleasure?

  6. Neil, this does sound like a delicious cake! I love the ingredient list! I’ve never baked a cake with Greek yogurt.If it tastes like Starbucks’, I’m all in.

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Jeff. I practically bake all my cakes using yogurt in the ingredients. It seems to help to keep the cake moist in the absence of butter. Its only something I started doing over the last 4 years though. Previously I was a big user of butter but now I tend to only use that in making my bread and rolls.

  7. Oh, I love baking with lemons and and a slice of this lemon loaf would be absolutely perfect with coffee. The lighter version of the recipe is a welcome alternative to all the high calorie and sugary treats which tempt us during this part of the year. I absolutely love it!
    Thanks for the great recipe Neil.

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Ashika, I love baking with lemons too. Such a great ingredient that adds flavour to a dish with only a very small amount needed don’t you think? 🙂

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