Lemon poppyseed cake recipe

31 May


After a recent raid on my mother-in-law’s lemon trees I knew a citrus cake would be in order. These lemons are unlike anything I’ve ever bought: juice, plump and plenty of gorgeous flesh just begging to be grated into a sweet treat.

This lemon poppyseed cake, courtesy of my Bible-esque Australian Women’s Weekly’s Quick Mix Cakes, is always a hit, wherever it goes. I’ve made it many times and even non-cake eaters always want a slice.  

I have tweaked the original recipe slightly.



185g diced butter at room temperature

Grated rind of one large or two smaller lemons

3 eggs

2 cups self-raising flour

¾ cup of milk

20g poppy seeds

¾ cup caster sugar


Preheat oven to 170C. Line a large loaf pan with baking paper.

Place all ingredients, except the seeds, into the bowl of an electric mixer and blend on low speed until all combined. Increase speed until mixture is smooth. Stir in seeds with a spoon.

Bake for 45-ish minutes/until a skewer comes out clean.

Cool in tin for 10 minutes, then cool on wire rack.

Dust with icing sugar before serving.


14 Responses to “Lemon poppyseed cake recipe”

  1. MarksSparringPartner May 31, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    I’m sure with the help of my four year old even I might be able to have a go at this one. Nice.

  2. sybaritica June 3, 2012 at 1:22 am #

    I love eating this but I’ve never tried making it. Thanks for the nice easy recipe !

    • thehungrymum June 3, 2012 at 2:33 am #

      Give it a go, you won’t believe how quick & easy it is! Thanks for stopping by:)

  3. girlinafoodfrenzy June 3, 2012 at 6:29 am #

    I love raiding other folk’s fruit trees! Presumably with permission of course but there’s always something yummy at the end of that foraging:)

  4. thecompletecookbook June 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    This is just my type of recipe – going to dash down the passage to see if I have any poppy seeds in the cupboard.:-) Mandy

    • thehungrymum June 15, 2012 at 4:21 am #

      Everyone loves poppyseeds! Hope you found some!

  5. The Hungry Mum May 11, 2016 at 5:38 am #

    Reblogged this on the hungry mum.

  6. Gloria May 11, 2016 at 5:52 am #

    Loved your lemon poppy seed cake. cant wait to try! very simple and easy.

    • The Hungry Mum May 11, 2016 at 6:51 am #

      Most of my recipes are simple and easy – life is just too short for tricky recipes:)

      • Gloria May 11, 2016 at 7:25 am #

        Love all your recipes and this will surely try and let you know:)

  7. thehungrymum July 10, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    Thanks for the ping back:)


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    […] I saw this recipe (originally a cake but you all know I like to make individual portions) over at The Hungry Mum.  When I try a new recipe, I always make it as stated.  The flavour of these muffins are spot on […]

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