Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake

Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake

lemon and poppy seed sponge recipe

lemon and poppy seed cake recipe

This is a staple recipe for me, it is super quick and easy to make (as per!) and can be whatever shape you like! This recipe is the perfect amount for a 2lb loaf tin or as a sponge tray bake, but I’m sure it’ll work just as well in a small cake tin or even as cupcakes- the choice is yours!

lemon and poppy seed loaf recipe

lemon and poppy seed bake recipe


For the Sponge:

  • 40g Poppy Seeds
  • 185ml Milk
  • the Zest of 1 Lemon
  • 200g Butter, room temperature
  • 200g Caster Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 300g Self Raising Flour
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder

For the Lemon Icing:

  • 385g Icing Sugar
  • The Juice of 1.5 lemons
  • 20g Butter, melted
  • Zest of 1 Lemon


  1. Preheat the Oven 180°C/160°C fan
  2. Warm the milk in a microwave or over a double boiler, then add the poppy seeds and set aside for 15 minutes
  3. Add all the cake ingredients to a large mixing bowl, including the milk/poppy seed mixture and mix well until fully combinied
  4. Grease and line your tin of choice and then pop into the oven until lightly golden on top! A 2lb loaf tin should take around 40 minutes, my tray bake style took around 30 minutes- which should be the same for a cake tin, whilst cupcakes should take 15/20 although I’ve not tested them myself so keep an eye out!
  5. Let your cake cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out onto a cooling rack and allow it to cool fully
  6. To make the icing add the melted butter and lemon juice to the icing sugar and mix until fully combined, then pour onto the cooled sponge an sprinkle the lemon zest over the top!

& you’re done! I used to think baking with poppy seeds could be difficult but this recipe constantly proves me wrong!

Let me know if you give this recipe, or any others of mine, a go- I’d love to know what you think!

Tara xo


lemon and poppy seed bun recipe

  • Megan McMahon

    Ooh thanks for sharing this recipe lovely! Think I’d personally make them as cupcakes, perfect for sharing whilst watching the bake off aha 🙂
    Megan x meguana.co.uk

    • I know the bake off is sending my sweet tooth crazy! Glad you liked the recipe Megan!

  • Jessica Louise Scott

    I love lemon & poppyseed cakes but I’ve never made one. I’ll definitely be giving this recipe a go so thanks for sharing 🙂

    Jess – http://www.jessandjoshcook.com x

    • it’s so much easier than you’d think- definitely worth a shot!