Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake

Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake is a fantastic recipe for spring and summer. In this post, I have three different versions of the lemon poppyseed cake. I’ll show you a vegan lemon poppy seed cake, a sugar and gluten free lemon poppyseed cake, and a regular lemon poppy seed cake recipe (featured in the recipe card) that I have tested and think are all worth your time. This cake is great for dessert or brunch. If you’re a coffee drinker, these two are a match.

For other light desserts or brunch options check out: Apple Cinnamon Dessert Frittata, strawberry sweet bread, Apple Pie Chia Seed Pudding, Lemon Almond Protein Pancakes.

Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Cake Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

¾ cup granulated sugar

¾ almond milk

¼ vegetable oil

Juice of ½ lemon or 1 small lemon (about 2 tbsp)

Zest of 1 lemon or 2 small lemons

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 ½ tbsp poppy seeds

powdered sugar

Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Ingredients:

2 cups rice flour (food processed)

1 ½ baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

1/4 cup truvia sugar

1 cup non-sweetened almond milk

¼ vegetable oil

Juice of ½ lemon or 1 small lemon (about 2 tbsp)

Zest of 1 lemon or 2 small lemons

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 ½ tbsp poppy seeds

2 eggs

Swerve confectioner’s sugar

“Do you have to soak poppy seeds before baking?” And other poppy seed questions, answered:

  1. Do you have to soak poppy seeds before baking? The answer is no. Your cake is moist enough and the poppy seeds are small enough that there is no need to soak the seeds. That’s one less step.
  2. Where do I buy poppy seeds for baking? Your local grocer should have them in the spices aisle. They’ll come in a spice jar. You only need to get one for this recipe.
  3. Are poppy seeds good for you? The answer is yes! Poppy contain fiber, manganese, copper, zinc, thiamine, iron, and more. When you add in poppy seeds, you also add in several minerals that help your body with bone density (manganese), skin, and heart health.
  4. Will poppy seeds make me fail a drug test? The answer is also yes! Poppy seeds come from the opium poppy. Opium makes morphine. Unwashed poppy seeds are especially dangerous becuase they will contain some opium. What you buy from grocery store will be washed, but even washed poppy seeds can contain trace amounts of opium. However, baking poppy seeds in a cake will reduce those traces even further because the heat breaks down and destroys the trace opiate substance. The amount of opiates in washed poppy seeds will not effect your body whatsoever like morphine. But if you are planning to take a drug test, it’s probably wise to steer clear of poppy seeds.

How to make Lemon Poppy Seed Cake from scratch:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease and flour your loaf pan. Don’t skip this step! Really make sure the pan is coated. Even with a non-stick pan, (this mix is sticky) it’s super important to grease and coat with flour. There is nothing worse than when you go to dump out the cake and a part of it sticks to the pan, tearing the cake in half.
  • Whisk together sugar and lemon zest. Or if you are using Truvia, combine it with lemon zest.
  • Add almond milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, poppy seeds, and lemon juice to a medium bowl. Add eggs also if you are doing the non-vegan version. Whisk to combine.
  • In a different bowl, mix flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and add it to the first bowl. Stir well to avoid crumbs.
  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan and tap it firmly on the counter to release any air bubbles.
  • Bake it for 30-45 minutes or until a toothpick pushed into the centre comes out clean.

TIP: When baking your lemon poppy seed cake, it’s best to get it to the perfect temp but varying ovens and altitudes may effect cook time. If you’re not sure your cake is done, in this case, it’s better to overcook than undercook. When you insert your toothpick, it must come out completely clean or you will end up with an undercooked cake no one wants to eat. If the top of your cake starts to brown too much, it’s okay to cover it lightly with foil so that it doesn’t brown past what you want. Also remember that you’ll cover the top with powdered sugar. So don’t worry if it starts to brown. It will still turn out great!

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Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake is a fantastic recipe for dessert or brunch.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast cake, cake, gluten free, lemon, poppy seed, pound cake

Equipment

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10
Calories 221kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup ganulated sugar
  • 2 eggs (omit for vegan recipe)
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (or regular milk)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tblsp lemon juice
  • lemon zest (two small lemons)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 tbsp poppy seeds

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease and flour your loaf pan.
  • Whisk together sugar and lemon zest in a medium to large bowl. For the gluten free version use 1/4 cup Truvia.
  • Add almond milk (or regular milk), vegetable oil, vanilla extract, poppy seeds, and lemon juice in a medium to large bowl. Add eggas also if you are doing the non-vegan version.
  • In a different bowl, mix flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder, and add it to the first bowl. Stir well.
  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan and tap it firmly on the counter to release any air bubbles.
  • Bake for 30-45 minutes or until a toothpick pushed into the center comes out clean.
  • Let rest for five minutes. Then turn your pan upside down and gently tap the sides to release the cake. Allow to cool on a rack.
  • Add desired amount of powdered sugar to the top of the cake. Cut in slices to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 271mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 42IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 2mg
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For other light desserts or brunch options check out: Apple Cinnamon Dessert Frittata, strawberry sweet bread, Apple Pie Chia Seed Pudding, Lemon Almond Protein Pancakes.

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