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Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf

By: Bella Bucchiotti
This lemon poppy seed loaf is a moist, tender, and absolutely delicious treat with the perfect amount of poppy seeds for a bit of crunch and a tangy sweet icing.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 12 Slices


  • 2 Cup flour
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 3/4 Cup unsalted butter
  • 2 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 Teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 Cup lemon juice
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 3/4 Cup butter milk
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoon poppy seeds


  • 1 Cup icing sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice , fresh
  • 2 Tablespoon milk , or more if needed


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan. 
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set these dry ingredients aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together using an electric mixer at medium-high speed. Beat until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time. Beat in the vanilla extract, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Beat the wet ingredients until incorporated.
  • Add one-third of the flour mixture and mix until almost combined, then add half the buttermilk and mix until just combined. Repeat with another third of the flour mixture and then the last half of the buttermilk, ending with the last third of the flour. Beat until just combined.
  • Add poppy seeds. 
  • Pour the batter into the pan. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  • When the cake is done, let cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Carefully transfer the cake to a cooling rack. Allow cake to cool completely.
  • For the icing, whisk the ingredients together until smooth. The icing should be thick and not too runny. Drizzle over cake.


Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 204mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 443IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 2mg
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