Lemon Glazed Poppy Seed Coffee Cake Recipe

Carrie Vasios

Unlike other poppy seed sweets, this one is simply bursting with poppy seeds. It gives the bread a nutty flavor and compellingly crunchy texture.

Recipe Details

Lemon Glazed Poppy Seed Coffee Cake Recipe

Active 20 mins
Total 60 mins
Serves 8 to 10 servings


  • 1/2 cup poppy seeds

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon zest from 1 lemon

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar

  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

  • 2 tablespoons juice from 1 lemon


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place oven rack in upper middle position. Butter loaf pan.

  2. In a small saucepan, combine poppy seeds and milk. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla until combined. Add flour mixture and beat until just combined. Beat in poppyseeds and milk. Stir in lemon zest.

  4. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake until a cake tester comes out clean, about 45 minutes. While cake is still warm, whisk together confectioners sugar and lemon juice. Pour over cake. Let cool 10 minutes in pan, then remove to a rack to finish cooling.

Special Equipment

8- by 4-inch loaf pan

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
250 Calories
13g Fat
30g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 250
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 206mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 177mg 14%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 121mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)