Mini Lemon Loafs

Well, after 13 hours of traveling, I am exhausted but I am home! So, this is going to be a really short post.

It took me lots of trial and error to get this recipe right…but I GOT IT and it’s delicious. SO YUMMY. Light and fluffy cake with a hint of vanilla and lemon. It makes the perfect light dessert or snack :) AND, they are mini loafs! So cute. I found my mini loaf pan at Walmart so you should be able to find one in your neck of the woods.

TGIF, friends! Have a great weekend!

Mini Lemon Loafs
yield: 8 mini
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1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large lemon, zested {5 teaspoons, approximately}
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, sifted {which ends up being about 1 3/4 cup sifted flour}
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons milk

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray mini pans with non stick cooking spray and set aside.

In large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in eggs, vanilla, lemon zest and sour cream. Scrape sides and mix again. With mixer on low speed, incorporate all dry ingredients until just combined, then stir in milk. Scrape sides and mix a few more times by hand. Spoon batter equally into prepared pans. Bake 15-20 minutes or until edges are golden brown and are baked thoroughly- use the toothpick method to see if they are done. Mine were done at 18 minutes.

While lemon loaves are baking, mix ingredients together for glaze and microwave on high for 2 minutes, stirring every 20 seconds or so to dissolve sugar into lemon juice. The glaze is done once the sugar has dissolved.

Once loaves come out of the oven, cool at least 15 minutes before removing from pans. Spoon glaze over loaves and continue to cool completely. Store in air tight containers until ready to serve.

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26 Responses to “Mini Lemon Loafs”

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    thatshowiroll — June 10, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I love anything with lemon juice and zest. This looks super soft and delicious!


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    Marilyn Brennan — June 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Love your pics and blogging as much as your pictures…


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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — June 10, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    These are so adorable! I have really been into lemon lately :) I also think these could be great as little party favors!


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    Connie — June 10, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    How precious. Enjoy your blog and recipes so much. Thank you. I hope you have a peaceful weekend.


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    Barbara Bakes — June 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    It must feel so nice to sleep in your own bed. So glad I got a chance to meet you on your trip. The bread looks fabulous!


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    birdie to be — June 10, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I love lemon flavored dessert! Yummy!


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    Lark (SparkyLarky) — June 10, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Looks like a winner to me! Can’t wait to bake some up!


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    Debbie B. — June 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    These are adorable! Sounds refreshing.


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    Emily — June 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    These remind me of little loafs my grandmother used to make. They look absolutely lovely!


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    Katrina — June 11, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    So cute. Lemon loafs are one of my fav quick recipes.


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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 12, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I love your photo! Mini loaves are so cute, much more fun than a full loaf:-)


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    Sue — June 13, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Love the mini loaves to spread more of the lemon love! YUM!


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    Andrea L — June 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I cannot wait to make these. I LOVE lemon bread and these are too cute. Love how you wrapped each one. The mini loafs are great for sharing too.


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    Brittnee — June 13, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Just made them but baked them in cupcake liners. So delicious! The glaze is yummy!


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    stacy — June 14, 2011 at 1:03 am

    This recipe looks delicious. I also like your presentation. What paper did you use to wrap the loaves? I like to mail goodies to my family and they would love this!


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    tequesta mom — June 14, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Hi Lauren. How many loaf pans does this call for ?
    I can’t wait to make these but don’t want to mess it up .
    Thank you !


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    tequesta mom — June 15, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Lauren, you know as soon as I send a question I’ll be darned if I don’t find the answer and feel stupid for asking ! I just noticed 8 mini at the top of this post. The recipe I found on PW doesn’t show that. I love lemon and now I can make these in the morning. I’m going to take some to our new neighbors as a welcome !
    Love your website. I grew up in SW Portland . Thank You
    Dee (tequestamom)


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    LuvsRecipes — June 16, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Hi, what size are the mini-loaf pans used here, please? This is a great idea for making some little cakes for a sick friend. I need specifics as I am not a good enough baker to figure out pan sizes or compensate otherwise in the oven. I learned, to my frustration, that mini loaf pans come in different sizes, some almost ridiculously small. Too small for me. I’ve been looking for a size used in many recipes by a cookbook author and can’t find them. Walmart is rather a trek, but depending on size you found, might be worth the effort for me to get there. :-)


    • Lauren — June 16th, 2011 @ 11:30 pm

      There were no measurements on my loaf pan that I used. It’s a pan, similar to a mini muffin tin, but with 8 mini loafs in it. The brand is wilton. Hope that helps!


      • LuvsRecipes — June 17th, 2011 @ 11:21 pm

        Yes, thanks, it does. It’s always helpful to get particulars such as pan sizes, microwave wattages, slow-cooker sizes, etc. Wide variety. I found the pan you described on Walmart site (tho not on Wilton site). I realize not everyone cares, but for those who do, the overall product dimensions are given as 16.06 x 10.12 x 1.57. No indication of the size of each loaf cavity. I estimated each loaf would be about 4×2.5 or so. A tad small for my current purposes. Someone else posed my question, “What are the individual mini loaf sizes in this pan?” on the product page and another person offered this response: “I do 3D modeling, if I put the overall dimensions into a modeler and scale the picture to match it, I can querie for unknown dimensions. Each loaf is roughly 3.5″ long x 2.25″ wide x 1″ deep. (I am looking for some smaller than this that my wife wants to replace.) –By jettray – Wichita, KS”

        I am curious, though. This kind of pan with eight loaf cavities (versus individual small loaf pans) offers a certain convenience for getting pans into oven. I do like that, but wonder about removing eight loaves. LOL. How did you get them out without breaking them? These are bigger than cupcakes, so upending the pan seems risky. Yours look lovely.

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    Patsy — June 18, 2011 at 3:01 pm



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    Russell at Chasing Delicious — July 28, 2011 at 4:09 am

    These loafs look incredible! I love all things lemon so I am going to have to try these. Thanks for sharing. Gorgeous shots too.


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    Laurie — March 14, 2012 at 1:40 am

    I just made these tonight and these are amazing! I used yogurt instead of sour cream since it was what I had on hand, and had to zest three lemons to get to 5 teaspoons, and baked it for almost 20 minutes. And perfect results! Texture is lovely, there’s that wonderful zing of lemon flavor in a cakey loaf with a hint of vanilla sweetness. Really perfect. Thank you for the terrific recipe. (And it was the first time I have ever zested a lemon!)


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    Tammy — June 10, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    This sounds so scrumptious….YUMMO! For the glaze is it regular sugar or powdered sugar? (It says granulated, but I just want to make sure) Thanks Lauren for all of your fun, delicious recipes. Keep em’ comin’


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    Tammy — June 10, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Never mind. Duh I just had to read thru all of the instructions and my answer was right there. Thanks anyway cutie patootie.



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