Easy Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

October 05, 2020

Easy Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake is a classic cake, packed with zesty lemon flavours and poppy seed crunch.

soft and moist lemon poppy seed cake

The Best ever Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Finally... I baked this classic Lemon Poppy Seed cake!

This has been on my list for a very long time.

I procrastinated as I wasn't sure that I CAN take that much dosage of poppy seed, not that I was afraid that I might go loopy but just in case.

Lemon poppy seed cake

How do you bake a good lemon poppy seed cake from scratch?

This is the easiest and tastiest cake that I have ever baked.
Typing about this cake has make me wanting to bake another.

So how to bake this zesty lemon cake?

I have put together 2 videos:
a) a quick video showing the necessary steps, just above the recipe card below.
b) a long version video with step by steps and ingredients, so that you are able to bake along with me.

Baking lemon poppy seed cake

1) sieve dry ingredients eg, flour, corn flour and baking powder
2) Soak poppy seeds in warm milk
3) some lemon rind
4) Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and poppy seeds
5) Add dry ingredients
6) Bake step by step baking lemon poppy seeds cake
This lemon poppy seed loaf cake is unbelievably easy to bake.

I was expecting, like most cake, where you creamed sugar and butter, then add eggs, flour etc!
But this lemon poppy seed cake is a breeze.

Everything into the mixing bowl, start my Kenwood mixer.
5 minutes later, a smooth, pale and creamy cake batter is done. 

A slice of lemon poppy seed cakeJust bake lemon loaf cake
Pour batter into loaf pan, into oven and wait....
Delicious lemon poppy seed cake

How long do I have to bake lemon poppy seed cake for?

The only thing that you have to watch out for is during the baking stage.
See my notes below in the Recipe card.

With the cake in the oven, rising...
The heavenly sweet, lemony aroma that wafting through the kitchen, was killing me slowly!

Sweet, zesty lemon poppy seed cake

How to prepare lemon icing or lemon frosting?

Lemon icing was as awesome, not to overly sweet.
Even though I am a sweet tooth person, but I cannot take anything that is too sweet.

A point to note though, do not be too generous with lemon juice in the mix, the mixture will be runny!

How long should I soak poppy seeds?

As indicated in the recipe below, it is best to soak in warm milk for 15 minutes.

Easy to bake Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake recipe.

How to store my baked lemon poppy seeds cake?

Best store in an airtight container.
You may keep them longer if it is place in the refrigerator.

How long can I keep this lemon poppy seed cake for?

Best consume within 3 days

All was good...
Lemon poppy seed loaf cake slices were soft and moist, the icing served its purpose well, to complimented the lemony flavour of the cake and to hide the ugly crater too :D plus .

Only crumbs were left in the cake box by the third day :D.

Based on Delicious magazine, with very minor change here and there, this recipe is a keeper.

A classic sweet and zesty Lemon poppyseed cake

Some of my favourite fruity and citrus Cakes to bake :D

Video on "How to Bake Lemon Poppy Seed Cake"

Easy Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake recipe. Easy Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake is a classic cake, packed with zesty lemon flavours and poppy seed crunch. Drizzle or drench in lemon icing. Serve with a cuppa and share with friends.


  1. I love this classic! Looks fabulous with the glaze.

  2. I tried this recipe today and the cake came out amazing. I used a loaf tin and did a cream cheese icing which was a good combination. The baking time was a bit longer than the suggested time but it's worth always checking irrespective of what a recipe suggests. I also added 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. My family only had compliments.

    1. Wow, that's awesome Melissa, thank you for trying. Love the cream cheese icing :D

  3. Hi when you mention warm milk does this mean the milk is at room temperature. Should I use full cream milk or fresh milk.

    Thank You.

    1. Hi Sunshan,
      I use full cream milk. I zapped the milk (from fridge) in microwave for 30 second.
      The milk needs to be warmed slightly above room temperature but not too hot (boiling point)

  4. One of my favorite coffee shop style treats. This looks like an amazing specimen!

  5. This looks like the perfect loaf of bread! I love lemon!

  6. The perfect go to with some tea. I'm going to try this recipe. Thank you

  7. So simple and yummy. I love that there’s no weird or hard to find ingredients in these so I can make them all the time!


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