Lime Loaf Cake [BWJ]

Lemon Loaf CakeI will admit it, I like Starbucks. There are plenty of people who have issues with the large coffee chain and promote the grassroot roaster, the little guy, the corner coffee shop and so on. I think that is terrific. But something I have learned about myself is that I really like consistency. I like going somewhere and knowing what is good, knowing what to request. Don’t get me wrong, I am always willing to try new things, to ask for new dishes at restaurants or to throw together a new recipe. All once I have had my morning coffee.

Lemon Loaf CakeSo many times I have shown up early for a morning meeting to have those moments to savor what I most appreciate at Starbucks: Grande Cafe Americano and a slice of Lemon Loaf. For me the bitter coffee paired with the sweet tart “breakfast” cake is more delicious than I can express with words. Although I can make myself a delicious cup of French pressed coffee each morning or visit my local(!) Starbucks, the thing that is ever so sad is that the Lemon Loaf has not been recreated here in Peru. Sure, we have delicious desserts and drinks you couldn’t even dream up using ingredients you have never heard of. But, no Lemon Loaf.

Lemon Loaf CakeAll that to say I certainly had high hopes for the Lemon Loaf Cake this week. I set aside some lemons that were sent to us from the jungle so I could use them instead of the standard lime that I typically use for tart desserts. But when I finally had the chance to look carefully at the recipe, I was dismayed to see there was only zest and no actual juice going into the Loaf. No juice?!? What is worse is the jungle lemons are not “pretty” and their zest would not have been welcome in my cake. Back to the standard limes I went.

Lemon Loaf CakeWhile this was “okay,” it was not GREAT and it was certainly not Starbucks’ Lemon Loaf (not that it ever claimed to be, I was just really hopeful!). Speaking of Starbucks Lemon Loaf – does someone have *THAT* recipe?! I am glad to have done this to see that I did get a nice fresh flavor from zest alone – although I do think the flavor was best on the second day. I served this with a delightful {Microwave} Lime Curd made from all those leftover limes I had zested.

Lemon Loaf Cake was hosted by Truc of Treats and Michelle of The Beauty of Life for Tuesdays With Dorie.

Gretchen Noelle

My love of food was cultivated early on by my family but has come alive while living in Peru. During the 12 years of living in Lima, Peru, I have also enjoyed numerous trips to other areas of the country. Here on Provecho Peru you will find Peruvian recipes in English, American favorites prepared overseas, news about Peruvian Cuisine and interesting tidbits about life in Peru.

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25 Responses

  1. I agree should have been more lemony!! But your photographs are gorgeous!!! I love the slices!!

  2. For me it came out very lemony and the smell was amazing too!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Ah, the missing part of the recipe is that after you use the zest in the cake you drizzle a glaze made from the juice of one lemon and 1/4 c sugar over the hot cake right out of the oven. Poke it all over with a toothpick first so the glaze seeps in.
    This is my husband’s favourite. i have been making it for a long time.

  4. jane says:

    Love the pictures and the idea of curd. I added the juice of a lemon, that gave it a nice lemon flavor.

  5. I think most of us agree this cake needed a glaze or something. Lime is a great alternative!

  6. Ferda says:

    Your cake looks great.. I like the subtle lemon zest flavor of it.. I found it too dense though, it definitely needs some cream, curd something to eat with, in my opinion..

  7. Teresa says:

    I loved it with lemon curd. Your lime curd looks just perfect – I bet it amped up the flavour beautifully.

  8. Taji says:

    Lovely!!! That curd looks so delicious 🙂

  9. Janet says:

    Great post! It was very interesting to hear about the opportunities of baking in a different country. Creative idea to serve it with lime curd.

  10. Cher says:

    Lime zest & lime curd sounds lovely.

    This was a nice loaf, but definitley not S’bucks lemon loaf 🙂

  11. Lynn says:

    Lime curd is one of my favorites. Always a good addition to anything citrus. I love your photos.

  12. A says:

    Pretty pictures! The lime curd does look great. My fave Sbux combo is a Hazelnut Americano with a Cranberry scone 🙂

  13. gaaarp says:

    Great pictures! And I love the idea of lime loaf. I developed an obsession with citrus curd last summer, and made lemon curd, lime, curd, lemon-lime curd, and lemon-lime curd ice cream!

  14. Julia says:

    Mine was pretty lemony but I added the juice of one lemon to the batter. I love your pictures!

  15. Carlene says:

    I love the idea of lemon curd. I did enjoy the loaf, but the curd would have been a great addition.

  16. YUM! Lime sounds so yummy. I read on another blog that the flavors were better the next day, so I better go pull my lemon curd outta the fridge and try some today!! 🙂

  17. Marilyn says:

    all those teeny limes look like a lot of work, and I’ve never heard of a microwave curd! the things I learn from all of the TWD’ers!

  18. Julie F says:

    Your lime loaf looks fantastic! The curd looks really yummy too!

  19. Thanks for stopping by my blog at It is so fun baking with the group! IF you get the Starbucks Lemon Loaf … will you let me know? When I took this lemon loaf to friends the comment was, “Oh I hope it is as good as Starbucks.” Sadly, it was not. ha! ha!

  20. Your slices do really look perfect…I hope Starbucks brings their lemon loaf cake to Peru soon.
    : )

  21. Erin E says:

    Lime curd sounds so good, I will have to try that! I hope that the lemon loaf comes down to you soon (or an equivalent recipe)!

  22. i know how you feel…there used to be a small coffee shop near my first job that had a glazed lemon loaf cake that i loved. ina garten had a couple of good lemon loaf cake recipes.

  23. I’m so happy to have discovered your gorgeous blog! Your lemon cake looks absolutely perfect.

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