Lemon poppyseed cake recipe

18 Aug

lemon poppyseed loaf cake

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

We have planted several citrus trees but they didn’t get the memo that they are actually meant to produce fruit. Instead they are barren, spindly looking things that need to have a long, hard look at themselves

This lemon poppyseed cake is always a hit, wherever it goes. I’ve made it many, many times and even non-cake eaters always want a slice.

I was inspired by the recipe in my beloved but now MIA cookbook Australian Women’s Weekly’s Quick Mix Cakes. Without this book I am bereft. I vaguely recall lending it to someone but I can’t recall who. If it was you, please boomerang it back J

I dust my cake with icing sugar but feel free to top with cream cheese icing – get the recipe here: https://thehungrymum.com/2015/05/14/donna-hay-carrot-cake-with-cream-cheese-frosting/ – or your favourite citrus-scented frosting.

Easy lemon poppyseed loaf cake recipe - The Hungry Mum.png 


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

 lemon poppyseed cake - The Hungry Mum


Preheat oven to 170C. Line a large loaf pan with non-stick 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.

Scrape into pan and gently smooth the surface with a palette knife.

Bake for 45 minutes/until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Cool in tin for 10 minutes, then remove from tin and cool cake completely on wire rack.

Dust with icing sugar before serving.

lemon poppyseed cake


12 Responses to “Lemon poppyseed cake recipe”

  1. cindy knoke August 18, 2016 at 1:31 pm #

    Okay, I would like some now!

  2. relaxingcooking August 19, 2016 at 11:15 pm #

    Making me hungry, looks delicious.

  3. mkcasey80 August 20, 2016 at 12:46 am #

    This looks so good! My son has a couple of friends over for dinner tomorrow. All of them love fruit flavors(they dislike chocolate) This is dessert!


  4. mkcasey80 August 20, 2016 at 12:48 am #

    Reblogged this on Marcey's Table and commented:
    This looks like a beautiful cake! The yellow of the crumb and dots of poppy seed. I especially love the crunchiness that the poppy seeds give to dishes. I am definitely making this for our weekend!


  5. youthfoodblog August 20, 2016 at 1:08 am #

    I have plenty of lemons at home. Very helpful recipe!

  6. Diamond Interiors August 20, 2016 at 9:53 am #

    As with all your recipes, this looks delicious! I have a huge and ever growing back log of your recipes to try out!! 🙂

  7. Miss Dinie August 21, 2016 at 2:02 am #

    Looks like a cake I could almost get away with eating for breakfast! Yummy!

  8. ChgoJohn August 23, 2016 at 4:27 am #

    I visited another site and commented how much I enjoy citrus-flavored baked goods. I should have known that you would offer us something with citrus. Your lemon poppy seed cake is one that I could easily see myself purchasing at a bakery. Problem is that its taste could never compare to yours.

  9. Shari August 23, 2016 at 6:27 am #

    Our citrus trees didn’t get that memo this year either! 🙂 That is one thing I buy almost every week is lemons. This is such a gorgeous looking cake. It looks so moist and flavorful. You have so many yummy treats on your site! Saving this recipe.

  10. Megan Earls September 6, 2016 at 7:06 am #

    This looks delicious!!

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