So fresh, so juicy and light this lemon poppy seeds cake with lemon icing will charm you!

Poppy seeds give the cake a slight poppy taste and a different texture. The icing completes this perfection and with its pleasant sour taste prompts you to eat one more piece.

I divided the mixture in two and I baked two small cakes in different cake tins in the name of photography. I wanted to have different forms for photographs and one of the cakes is with icing and the other one is not. Which one is your favourite? I would say that I prefer the one with the icing in taste.

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake
Lemon Poppy Seed Cake


  • 200 g flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • zest of two lemons
  • ½ tsp Himalayan salt
  • 120 g butter at room temperature
  • 200 g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 120 ml dairy milk
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 3 tbsp poppy seeds


  • 120 g powdered sugar
  • 6 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Lemon poppy seeds cake with lemon icing
Lemon poppy seeds cake with lemon icing


  • Mix the flour, baking powder, poppy seeds, lemon zest and salt, and stir
Lemon cake dry mix
Lemon cake dry mix
  • Beat the soft butter with the sugar until you have fluffy cream. Then you add the eggs one by one as you stir after each egg.
Lemon cake mixture
Lemon cake mixture
  • In this mixture you add the milk, the vanilla extract and the dry ingredients and stir well.
  • Line the tin with baking paper. If you are using a round tin grease it and dust it with flour like shown below.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 170°C with fan for about 45 minutes. Test it with a toothpick in the middle.  If the toothpick is sticky put the cake back in the oven for a couple of minutes. You will know that it’s ready by the lovely crack on top.
Lemon poppy seeds cake with lemon icing
Lemon poppy seeds cake with lemon icing


  • Add the lemon juice to the powdered sugar and stir well. Pour on the already cool cake and spread some poppy seeds right away. If you spread the seeds later the lemon icing will congeal and they won’t stick to it. By your wish you may add lemon zest at serving.

I’d be happy to see your photos of one of these delicious cakes. Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram!