Citrus Almond Loaf Cake

Citrus Almond Loaf Cake: This loaf cake is packed with tangy lemon and lime flavor and topped with a citrus almond glaze. 

Citrus Almond Loaf Cake | A Latte Food Citrus Almond Loaf Cake | A Latte Food Back when I wore Lip Smackers necklaces and glitter butterfly clips in my hair, I didn’t believe citrus-flavored anything could be considered a sweet. It was too tangy, devoid of chocolate, and didn’t compare to strawberry cake with strawberry frosting, which was pretty much my favorite dessert for a solid two years (I went through strong phases as a child).

Whenever I finally did discover that citrus was more than the flavor of cough drops, my tastebuds turned a corner. Chocolate everything was–and still is–life, but citrus began to climb the charts. And once I tasted Starbucks’ lemon loaf cake, I was done for. That is, until they crushed my spirits by adding a calorie count to everything.

Thanks, Starbucks, but I really preferred to eat my lemon loaf and drink my frappuccino in blissful ignorance. Now I just feel immense guilt.

Citrus Almond Loaf Cake | A Latte Food Citrus Almond Loaf Cake | A Latte Food That’s what’s great about baking. You can guesstimate on the calories and call it a day with a few slices of whatever it is you made.

I mean, sure, if you really want to know the calorie count you could easily factor it into a calorie tracker, but it’s so time consuming and often depressing. Why do that to yourself when you could just be eating this?

You know, sometimes it’s better to just say no.

(To the calorie count–not to the bread. Always say yes to the bread. Always.)

Citrus Almond Loaf Cake | A Latte Food A little tip from me to you, don’t just absentmindedly squeeze lemon and lime juice into the batter trusting your eyeball method to do the trick.

Because you’ll end up with a loaf of bread that’s charred on the edges with an undercooked center.


So with this, trust me and take the time to measure.

Citrus Almond Loaf Cake | A Latte Food You’re going to love this.

Yields 10 slices

Citrus Almond Loaf Cake

15 minPrep Time

55 minCook Time

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  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp lime zest
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp lemon or lime juice (or a mix of both)
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 bread pan.
  2. Bread
  3. In a medium sized bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and both lemon zest and lime zest. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together canola oil, milk, eggs, lemon juice, lime juice, and almond extract. Whisk until well combined.
  5. Slowly stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Once the mixture has just been combined, pour the batter into prepared bread pan. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean (My oven took exactly 55 minutes).
  6. Allow to cool at least 10-20 minutes before removing from the pan and placing on a cooling rack.
  7. Glaze
  8. Mix lemon juice (or lime juice or a combination of both--whichever you prefer), almond extract, and powdered sugar together until well combined.
  9. With the bread on the cooling rack, pour glaze over the bread. Immediately, while the glaze is still wet, sprinkle the almonds on top. Allow glaze to set, about five minutes or so, before cutting.
  10. Enjoy!


Citrus Almond Loaf Cake | A Latte Food Check out my other citrus recipes I think you’ll love:

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

On a lemon shortbread crust, these lemon blueberry cheesecake bars are the perfect summertime dessert! So good you'll be coming back for

Blueberry Orange Crumb Muffins

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Lemon Glazed Soft-Baked Sugar Cookies

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Citrus Almond Loaf Cake | A Latte Food


  1. Chrissy says:
    I definitely just plugged one of my cakes into My Fitness Pal to track it and...ah hell. I was eating it by the 1/3 of the slice. Super depressing. Your way is better.
  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:
    I used to be the same way too, Michelle! But now I have a lot more appreciation for citrus flavors. This loaf cake sounds amazing! I love the citrus and almond flavors. It pretty much sounds like the best combination! Pinning this!
  3. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says:
    Lipsmacker necklaces?!?! Haha, yes! I had those too. Did you have the Dr. Pepper flavor? Because that was just about the coolest thing in the whole wide world. I just love citrus baked goods! This almond loaf cake looks just perfect!
  4. Danielle says:
    I'm totally laughing about the lip smacker necklaces, I mean those were a total necessity back then right?! I love citrus flavored anything, especially in cake form. This looks so delicious and I love the almonds too!
  5. Lynn B says:
    I'm so happy to find this recipe. I have a tree full of ripe calamondins (tiny sour oranges) which I grow for marmalade. I just made this recipe for a brunch using those instead of lime and lemon. It was a hit! Thanks so much.

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