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Strawberry Lemonade Loaf

A moist and sweet loaf cake loaded with fresh strawberries and lots of lemon flavor. Let this Strawberry Lemonade Loaf grace all your summer dessert tables!

Strawberry Lemonade Loaf Cake Recipe

This post was originally published in 2013. The photos and recipe have been slightly updated. Enjoy!

Today is a really really REALLY special day. It kind of blows my mind, actually.

This day, 13 years ago, I became Andrew’s mom.

My little (not so little anymore!) Andrew came into this world just before I turned 20. We have grown together for all these years and I just don’t know who I would be without him. This kid is amazing.

When he was a baby we were attached at the hip. Literally. Because I’m pretty sure I didn’t put him down for 6 months… not that he would have let me.

Attachment parenting before it was cool. I was ahead of the curve.

Strawberry Lemonade Quick Bread

He was a cowboy for Halloween when he was 2, costume complete with an eyeliner handlebar mustache. He wanted to dress up like a cowboy everyday for 3 weeks after that. I think he thought that being a cowboy meant lots of free candy. We’re not cut from the same cloth or anything.

I cried huge hysterical tears when I took him to kindergarten. I was THAT mom. Andrew was unfazed. He just wanted to know if there were toy trains in his classroom.

Easy Strawberry Lemonade Cake

In first grade Andrew had a REALLY MEAN teacher. She was the worst. I went to bat for my little guy. He never ever forgot it.

Once, a few years later on Columbus Day, he gave his teacher an earful about why Christopher Columbus is a fraud and should never be celebrated. Smart boy.

He is independent and mostly self-assured. I can always count on Andrew to be solid and do the right thing.

He’s a speaker-upper (naturally), a thinker, a leader.

I am so so so proud of my sweet guy. Thirteen is a BIG birthday!

Let’s celebrate.

Strawberry Lemonade Quick Bread Recipe

And hey! In addition to this being my oldest boy’s birthday it is also Leftovers Club Day!! Once a month a group of food bloggers swaps all the delicious leftovers from a baking post. This month I shipped off this Strawberry Lemonade Loaf. I think it’s my favorite sweet quick bread I’ve ever made. Chad was pretty peeved when he realized I was sending a whole loaf to my Leftovers Club partner in NYC.

So I made it again.

It is super moist and slightly tart– sticky sweet without being too syrupy and dotted with fresh strawberries. Oh man. We all need some of this in our lives.

Strawberry Lemonade Cake

Strawberry Lemonade Loaf
Yield: 2 loaves

Strawberry Lemonade Loaf

Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes

Strawberry Lemonade Loaf Cake is bright and sweet and has the texture of pound cake. One of my favorite ways to use up fresh strawberries!


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • zest + juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350. Butter two 8 X 4 1/2 loaf pans. Set aside.
  2. Add the sugar and lemon zest to a large bowl and rub them together with your fingers until the sugar is moist and fragrant.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar together until it's nice and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Then add the lemon juice.
  5. Pour in the buttermilk and mix until just combined. Stir in the lemon extract.
  6. Fold the strawberries into the batter with a rubber spatula.
  7. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  8. Stir until everything is evenly incorporated-- the dough will be pretty thick.
  9. Divide the dough between the two prepared pans and bake for 30 minutes.
  10. Let the loaves cool for at least 5-10 minutes before turning them out.
  11. Eat warm or cooled or cold or however you want-- but really JUST EAT!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 229mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 5g
Adapted from my Whole Wheat Strawberry Muffin Recipe


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Hey, Andrew. Happy Birthday. Mom loves you. You’re completely awesome.

Andrew 4-13


Wednesday 2nd of May 2018

Made this loaf yesterday and it was great! I used vanilla extract because I didn't have lemon extract and I added some chia seeds for extra texture. Really great and I like how it isn't too sweet. I decided not to make a glaze but it would be a great option for those wanting a little extra sweetness.


Monday 16th of April 2018

This looks really good,and I'm going to make it according to my husband soon.LOL I was wondering if that is just a simple powder sugar glaze or frosting on top ?

Heather Tullos

Tuesday 17th of April 2018

just a simple powdered sugar glaze!


Wednesday 27th of December 2017

What is the recipe for the glaze on top in the picture?

Lorraine Killins

Sunday 30th of October 2016

I would like this recipe for strawberry lemon loaf

Heather Tullos

Sunday 30th of October 2016

Hope you enjoy it Lorraine!


Thursday 3rd of October 2013

Made the loaves today (10/3/13) as per the recipe. Because I love a lemony taste, I used the juice & zest of 2 lemons. The lemon flavor is so faint, even using 2 lemons, I would call it the smallest hint of lemon in the finished loaves. Sorry, but I won't be making this again. Giving it 2 stars because it is a nice loaf cake with strawberries inside.


Thursday 3rd of October 2013

Thanks for the feedback Charles! Did you rub the zest into the sugar? That for me really amplifies the flavor more than the juice. I really love lemon and for me this was the perfect combo of lemon with the strawberries. I'm sorry you were disappointed! You might like the Lemon Cookie Cupcakes or the Meyer Lemon Oatmeal Cookies. Links are listed below:

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