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Lemon Poppyseed Drizzle Cakes

Surprise! Today we are inviting you ALL to a virtual baby shower honouring Kelly from Life Made Sweeter and Hilary from My Own Blog Review. To celebrate, we are sharing 12 recipes and crafts that are ready to “pop”. Make sure to “pop” over and check out everyone’s posts. Congratulations Kelly and Hilary!

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I just wanted to keep the recipe as easy and simple as I possibly could without compromising on the taste. I’m a big fan of lemon and poppyseed cake. These cakes are light, buttery and I just love the sweetness from the sticky icing just drizzled over each cake. I like way the poppyseed’s give a delicious crunch in each mouthful and the gorgeous tangy lemon flavour that bursts in each bite.

little lemon poppyseed cakes


Lemon Poppyseed Drizzle Cakes

Soft and fluffy cakes filled with lemon and poppyseeds, and decorated with a delicious lemon icing!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Author What Jessica Baked Next


  • 125 g butter (salted or unsalted) softened
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • Zest from two lemons
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 g self-raising flour
  • 1 tablespoon poppyseed's
  • 4 tablespoons icing sugar
  • Lemon juice enough to reach your preferred consistency


  • Preheat your oven to 200°C / 180°C Fan / 400°F / Gas Mark 6. Line a 6-hole muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
  • Take the sugar and lemon zest and rub the two ingredients together using your fingers. Cream the butter and lemon sugar together until light and fluffy. Then add the eggs and mix to incorporate fully. Add the flour and poppyseed's and mix.
  • Evenly distribute the mixture equally between the cupcake liners. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the cakes are lightly golden and a cake tester comes out completely clean. Cool in the tin for a few minutes, then transport to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.
  • Finish the cakes by making the icing. Mix the icing sugar and enough lemon juice to make a thick glaze. At this point remove the cupcakes from the liners. Then drizzle over the icing and leave the icing to set before serving. Decorate with extra lemon zest and poppyseed's if desired.

lemon poppyseed muffins

lemon poppyseed cakes collage

shower collage copy

 Click the links for the other delicious treats!

Key Lime Pie Popsicles – Spoonful of Flavor
Cheddar Bacon Crescent Poppers – A Little Claireification
Sweet Indulgence Popcorn mix – It Bakes Me Happy
‘Popular’ Tiramisu Blondies – Frugal Foodie Mama
Lollipop Centerpiece – The Mandatory Mooch
Buttered Popcorn Creme Brulee – Baking a Moment
Orange Poppy Seed Scones – Cookie Monster Cooking
Lemon Poppyseed Baked Donuts – Blahnik Baker
Candy Popcorn Pops – Little Miss Celebration
Lemon Drizzle Iced Poppyseed Cakes – What Jessica Baked Next
Lemon Cheesecake Pops – What’s Cooking Love?

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48 thoughts on “Lemon Poppyseed Drizzle Cakes

  1. These cakes look amazing… except I’m going to go ahead and call them muffins… that way I can feel okay eating them for breakfast, hahaha. Eating a cake for breakfast, no way. But muffins, that I can do 🙂

  2. Wow, Jess, I couldn’t agree more! Lemon and poppy seeds, this combination’s always a winner! And that lemony drizzle… Mmmmmm…
    BTW, congrats to both mothers-to-be; they couldn’t have had a better mistress of ceremonies <3
    Enjoy your week the fullest 😉

  3. Possibly my favorite muffin flavor ever! I’ve never baked lemon poppyseed muffin myself…. I’m inspired by your beautiful recipe and willing to trying this recipe out next weekend!

  4. Hi Jessica! These lemon and poppy seed cakes look wonderful and I absolutely love everything lemon! These are a great addition to the shower – thanks for sharing and pinning! Hope you have a wonderful week!

  5. These cakes look fantastic Jessica! I love lemon and poppyseed and the icing sounds incredible! Love how moist and light these look too 🙂
    Thank you so much for taking part in this amazing surprise for Hilary and I – I am so touched that all you fantastic ladies took the time out to share so many wonderful recipes and wish we could all celebrate together. Hope you have a great week Jessica *big big hugs*

  6. I have a jar of poppy seed that I rarely use. For some reason or another I never remember that I have them. But, when I saw your recipe it was like a light turned on. I have to try these soon 😀

  7. Congratulations to both Kelly and Hilary! And what a really fun way to celebrate – love it! Also love the gorgeously inviting, springy yellow color of these pretty cakes! Such a refreshing flavor, too – perfect for this time of year! 😀

  8. The gorgeous golden color is making me drool. I can just taste how moist they are. Going to make a batch on Sunday so I can have a yummy snack for work next week.

  9. I’m such a huge fan of the citrus / poppy seed combo – these cakes sound so so good! And especially since they look just so moist! I’ll take one for dessert right now!

  10. Oh my–that texture looks perfect, and lemon poppyseed is definitely top contender in my book when it comes to muffins!

  11. What a fabulous idea!! Great for inspiring recipe ideas. Fabulous lemon Poppy seeds cakes by the way, perfect 🙂

  12. This is so sweet!! And these look delicious!! YUM 🙂 I love lemon poppy seed! 🙂

  13. Lemon poppyseed anything is always a favorite of mine! Of course, I always have to remember to check my teeth after ha! These look so bright, fresh and delicious – the perfect spring treat!

  14. Would it work If I put some mixture in the cake case then some lemon curd followed by a second layer of mixture? I am trying to copy a cake I have had at Starbucks and your recipe is the closest thing I can find to it.

    Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Anna,

      Your idea sounds delicious! I’ve never attempted to layer lemon curd and bake it actually into a cake, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. If you give it a try definitely report back to me with your result, I would love to try this idea myself! 🙂

      1. I have tried this with your recipe and it works very well!! You should definitely try x

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