A delightful buttery pound cake with a gentle lemon flavor, soft and moist and looks so pretty with the addition of poppy seeds sprinkled throughout.

This is truly a delightful cake. All you need to do once you have baked this cake is sit down with a slice and have a lovely cup of tea!

Lemon and Poppy Seed Loaf. This is truly a delightful cake. The flavors are gentle, the cake is soft and moist and of course looks so pretty with the addition of poppy seeds sprinkled throughout the cake

Once you've tried this recipe, I am sure you will make it time and time again.

Here at Lovefoodies, we LOVE cake! This lemon and poppy seed loaf cake is very similar to a pound cake. It's quite dense in crumb and soft in texture. It has a smooth, buttery texture and just the right amount of lemon to give a little sharpness and tang against the sweetness.

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If you enjoy lemon cakes we have a huge variety for you to bake so make sure you take a look!

One of the things I love about this recipe is that you can make it in round pans or little cupcakes, and you can also freeze without any loss of flavor or texture. That's so handy if you need to make ahead for a party or celebration.

So here's the recipe, and enjoy our lemon and poppy seed loaf cake!

Ingredients

3/4 cup or 175 g softened butter
2/3 Cup or 150 ml Milk
1  cup or 200 g regular sugar
2 large eggs (lightly beaten)
Grated Zest and Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp lemon extract
3 Tablespoons Poppy Seeds
1 3/4 cups or 225 g Plain / All purpose flour (sieved)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

1. Heat oven to 170c,  325F. Grease and line your baking tin. See here for how to line.
** Please note, if using a Bundt tin, be sure to grease it very well as it can be hard to get the cake out of such a shaped tin.

2. Get all your ingredients ready, i.e sieve the flour, and add the salt and baking powder to the flour etc.

Pound Cake Ingredients

3. Start with making the cake batter by creaming the butter and sugar until a pale light colour. Add the lemon extract.

Pound Cake Ingredients

4. Slowly add the beaten eggs to the mixer, on a low-speed setting, a bit at a time.

If the mixture starts to curdle or split, add a spoonful of your sieved flour, keep on adding the eggs, and a bit of flour if necessary until all the eggs are added.

Add the lemon juice, zest and poppy seeds.

5. Add the milk with half of the flour, keeping the mixer on a slow speed. Once combined, gently fold in the remaining flour until combined.

6. Transfer the cake mixture to the greased and lined loaf tin. Then place in the oven for 1 hr to 1 hr and 5 minutes, check after 55 minutes.

Lemon and Poppy Seed Loaf, batter in cake pan

*** Please do test if the cake is done by using a skewer and poke it in the middle to see that it comes out clean. Every oven is different and cook times may vary a little.

7. Have a cup of tea!

8. When the cake is done, take it out of the oven and leave in the cake tin until cool enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Lemon and Poppy Seed Loaf.
This is truly a delightful cake. The flavors are gentle, the cake is soft and moist and of course looks so pretty with the addition of poppy seeds sprinkled throughout the cake

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Lemon and Poppy Seed Loaf. This is truly a delightful cake. The flavors are gentle, the cake is soft and moist and of course looks so pretty with the addition of poppy seeds sprinkled throughout the cake

Lemon and Poppy Seed Loaf

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Lemon and Poppy Seed Loaf.
This is truly a delightful cake. The flavors are gentle, the cake is soft and moist and of course looks so pretty with the addition of poppy seeds sprinkled throughout the cake

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup or 175 g softened butter
  • 2/3 cup 150 ml Milk
  • 1 cup or 200 g regular sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Grated Zest and Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 3 Tablespoons Poppy Seeds
  • 1 3/4 cups or 225 g Plain / All purpose flour, sieved
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 170c, 325F. Grease and line your baking tin.
  2. Get all your ingredients ready, i.e sieve the flour, and add the salt and baking powder to the flour etc.
  3. Start with making the cake batter by creaming the butter and sugar until a pale light colour. Add the lemon extract.
  4. Slowly add the beaten eggs to the mixer, on a low speed setting, a bit at a time. If the mixture starts to curdle or split, add a spoonful of your sieved flour, keep on adding the eggs, and a bit of flour if necessary, until all the eggs are added. Add the lemon Juice, zest and poppy seeds.
  5. Add the milk with half of the flour, keeping the mixer on a slow speed. Once combined, gently fold in the remaining flour until combined.
  6. Transfer the cake mixture to the greased and lined loaf tin. Then place in the oven for 1 hr to 1 hr and 5 minutes, check after 55 minutes
  7. *** Please do test if the cake is done by using a skewer and poke it in the middle to see that it comes out clean. Every oven is different and cook times may vary a little.
  8. Have a cup of tea!
  9. When the cake is done, take it out of the oven and leave in the cake tin until cool enough to transfer to a cooling rack.
  10. Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 10
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 323Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 292mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 5g

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  1. Hi I baked the cake this afternoon .. And wow!! it turned out exactly as the post said, moist, light and delicious ! Asked my husband his opinion, and he has one no doubt, he commented it’s lovely..make sure you keep that recipie !! I definitely would be adding this to my all time favorite recipies.. Thank you for sharing.. Shireen – Johannesburg

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    Sharlene Naidoo

    says:

    I’m from South Africa, I tried this cake out for a family trip. It was a huge hit. It looked just like the picture. It had a beautiful moist and soft texture. I would highly recommend this recipe to anyone. Thank you for the recipe.

    1. Hi Carol, Thank you for your kind words. Yes, of course you could make a pie with the banana pudding recipe. It is easy enough to do, if you wanted to make a pastry pie crust, you can follow this recipe here, https://lovefoodies.com/tropical-coconut-pie.html or if you wanted to make a graham cracker crust (which would be a no bake one), follow the instructions here for the BASE only, so you have the correct quantities https://lovefoodies.com/creamy-cocoberry-pie.html . I hope that helps!

  3. I’ve just made this with my 3 year old son and it turned out beautifully! Delicate flavour and lovely textures. Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. I made this cake and mine is very heavy, not toasty brown on the outside and definitely not that yellow. I followed the directions exactly like posted. Do you have any answers?

    1. Hi Darlene, thanks for writing in and I’m sorry your cake didn’t turn out as expected. I can think of a few things which might be the cause (there may be others which I don’t know of). First, it could be that your oven might need recalibrating, in other words, the temperature may not be accurate. Or, when you come to beat the butter and sugar, it really needs to be beaten for a while until it goes almost a white color and fluffy. It is that part of the recipe which gives the cake a lighter texture and more spongy as opposed to dense. and finally, the yellow appearance could just be down to the eggs. The eggs I use here in Holland are organic and the yolks I have to say are very deep yellow in color, which does make the cake a darker color than usual, so I don;t suspect you have done anything wrong on the color side!
      I hope this helps, and perhaps when you are able, to give the cake another try. It is a very tried and tested recipe which I’ve honestly been making for many years,so I can say hand on heart it really should work!

  5. I was all set to make a lemon poppy seed from another site and realised from the comments that it was a sponge cake, and I didn’t want a sponge. So a quick scout around on Pinterest brought me here. And I am SO glad it did! I served it up after supper last night – to my experienced baker sister and her very fussy husband. SHE cut herself a thick piece and HE thin … but went back for another piece later!! (And so did I, although my first piece wasn’t so thin!)

    I’ve only started baking in the last year, so discovering lots of new tastes and sensations. Poppy Seeds are one of those! ! I shall most definitely be baking this one again.

    Very best wishes,

    Penny

    1. Hi Penny,
      That is wonderful news and I’m so happy to hear about your baking! It is a wonderful thing to be able to learn and discover new tastes and sensations. that is what Lovefoodies is all about!
      I’d like to share with you some more of our pound cake recipes, if you take a look, I am sure there will be some ‘new’ ones that you might not have thought about, and I say give them a go if the flavour is to your liking! I’m always creating new and exciting combinations, so we’d be happy for you to check back often to see what we have on offer for you to try!
      Here’s a small selection of the pound cakes, the texture and moistness is the same as the poppy seed one, just some different flavours for you to try! https://lovefoodies.com/?s=pound+cake

      Thanks very much for your feed back and keep up the baking!

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    Ada Roberts Briem

    says:

    Omg I have just taken this cake out of the oven and it looks fab. It actually is. I cheated a little because a small piece of one corner fell off and of course I had to eat it. Fantastic. To add even a little more taste, as in your Coconut pound cake, I squeezed the juice from the other half of the lemon and put it in a small saucepan adding around 3 tablespoons white sugar to it and melted on very low heat till dissolved. I then poked holes in the cake and poured that combination over it. Can hardly wait to enjoy a piece a little bigger than the corner that fell off. lol. Thank you for the recipe, I found it very simple and to make as I am not a super baker.

    1. Hi Ada, I’m so happy you love the cake! and I’m also glad you trusted me on the cooking temperature. It really does make a huge difference with the ‘softness’ of the cake. I also do the lemon drizzle trick with my plain lemon or orange loaf cake, but for this one, I only wanted a gentle lemon taste, but I’m glad you took the initiative and used up the other half a lemon! Well done you! I think you get today’s award for happy baker!
      Thanks for your feedback :)

    1. Hi Ada,
      300F is the correct temperature. The reason is to cook the cake slowly to retain maximum moistness and soft texture. (pound cakes are notorious for being too heavy and often over baked or dry) If you increase the temperature, I have always found my cakes tend to over cook on the outside and also about 1 inch from the outer, leaving the inside of the cake not so good. This will ensure a much even cooking throughout the cake.
      It works, so please do trust me! All of my pound cake recipes are baked at a lower temperature to ensure maximum deliciousness!

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        Ada Roberts Briem

        says:

        Thank you so much for your reply and yes, that makes perfect sense. I really appreciate your help . Will give it a go really soon.

      2. Hi Monali, I have never made this recipe without egg. I suggest if you are used to making egg free cakes, then you could try whatever substitute you usually use. I’m afraid I can’t guarantee the cake will come out as the recipe because it hasn’t been tried. Thanks!