5 from 1 vote

Lemon Poppy Seed Drizzle Cake

You won't need a reason to whip up this zingy,  classic recipe for an amazing lemon cake with crunchy sugar topping and moist texture.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Baking
Keyword cake, dessert, lemon
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 273 kcal
Author Erren


  • ​1⁄2 cup softened butter
  • ​1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • yellow food coloring for color optional
  • 3⁄4 cups all- purpose flour
  • ​1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • Finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1⁄4 cup poppy seeds

For the glaze:

  • The juice of 1 1/2 lemons
  • ​1⁄2 cup granulated sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF/180ºC
  2. Prepare a loaf pan by greasing it with butter.
  3. in a large mixing bowl, Beat together the softened butter and sugar until pale and creamy, then the eggs, one at a time, slowly mixing through. Add the food coloring (if using) and mix until smooth.

  4. In a bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking powder.  Sift the flour mixture into the butter mixture, then add the finely grated lemon zest and poppy seeds and mix until combined.

  5. Fill the pan evenly with the batter.
  6. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 30 mins, or until golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean.

  7. Leave to cool 5 minutes in the pan.
  8. While the cake is cooling in the pan, mix together the juice of of 1 1/2 lemons and ½ cup of sugar to make the drizzle.
  9. While the cake is still warm, transfer to a wire wrack and prick the warm cake all over with a skewer and then pour over the drizzle – the juice will sink in to the cake and the sugar will form a lovely, crisp topping.
  10. Leave to cool 5 minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire wrack.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Poppy Seed Drizzle Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 273 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 264mg 11%
Potassium 100mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Sugars 25g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 8.3%
Calcium 7.8%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.