This Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake just shrieks “hellooo spring!” Yes, it is time to start baking with all things lemon while still enjoying our soups and stews for the winter, while eagerly awaiting the day when those first little shoots of green come out in spring. Can you tell what kind of mood I’m in lately? It’s always reflected in my baking and recipes!

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake with Lemon Icing Glaze, perfect for your springtime baking!
Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake with Lemon Icing Glaze

Lemon Loaf With Poppy Seeds – It’s Pretty Much a Cake

I put this lemon poppy seed loaf cake under my dessert category as well here on the website, because let’s face it, it’s really a loaf cake. When we call things “loaves” we are really trying to convince ourselves that it’s a little bit healthier because we baked it in a loaf pan, hahah!! You know it’s true! While this lemon poppy seed loaf cake isn’t that bad, it is a treat, there is quite a bit of white sugar in it and that lemon icing glaze? Ohh yah baby. You don’t want to skip that! That lemon icing glaze is the most popular on my website!

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake with Lemon Icing Glaze with close up of top of loaf cake
Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake with Lemon Icing Glaze

Can I freeze lemon poppy seed loaf cake?

This recipe makes two loaves so yes you can totally freeze this loaf. Make sure to wrap it up in a couple layers of plastic wrap and then I always wrap it in tinfoil.  This is how my Grandma used to wrap up her baking. The plastic wrap will keep the moisture in and all of the freezer “smells” out of the baked goods, but the tinfoil is actually what is going to keep the freezer burn from happening. Make sure not to skimp out on either the plastic wrap or the aluminum foil, when you go to all this effort baking the loaves don’t ruin it by tossing it in the freezer unprotected! It will last for 4-6 weeks in the freezer.

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake with Lemon Icing Glaze with lemons on a white marble surface
Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake with Lemon Icing Glaze

Poppy Seed Lemon Loaf Baking Tips & Tricks

  • Don’t skip the Lemon Icing Glaze, it literally makes the cake. Er, the loaf.
  • Lemon loaf can brown rather quickly and bake up to be a dark cake. I suspect it’s people’s ovens OR the cake pans that they are using. If you notice in the video I use one of my vintage Pyrex loaf pans, I find that they work better than metal. I think that metal loaf pans are part of why lemon loafs get too dark. Try a glass cake pan and turn your oven down 10 degrees if your lemon loaves are turning too brown.
  • You can also bake this lower and slower if you have trouble with your loaves getting too dark. Try turning it down to 325 °F and see what happens!
Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake with Lemon Icing Glaze, perfect for your springtime baking!
Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake

Some Other Delicious Loaf Cake Recipes

These are some of my very favourite loaf cake recipes! Try some of these if you are looking for more ideas!

  1. Mom’s Best Banana Loaf 
  2. Basic Chocolate Zucchini Loaf
  3. Lemon Zucchini Loaf
  4. Amazing Orange Loaf Cake
  5. Cherry Poppy Seed Loaf Cake

Happy Baking! If you have any questions leave them in the comments below!



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4.89 from 9 votes
Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake with Lemon Icing Glaze, perfect for your springtime baking! 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf
Servings: 20
Calories: 236 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup poppy seeds
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 °F. Heavily grease and flour two 9x5 inch loaf pans and set aside.
  2. Mix the poppy seeds, lemon juice, lemon zest and yogurt together. Set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated.
  5. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. in a medium sized bowl. Add into the butter mixture and mix until combined.

  6. Add the sour cream poppy seed mixture to the mixture. Mix until just blended. 

  7. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans and smooth the tops.
  8. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes or until browned and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool on rack for 15 minutes before turning out of pans - this will help prevent them from sticking in the pans.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

This makes two loaves of lemon poppy seed cake, so you can freeze one for later if needed!


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Nutrition Facts
Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf
Amount Per Serving
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 245mg 10%
Potassium 69mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 20g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 5.1%
Vitamin C 4.3%
Calcium 5.7%
Iron 6.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. This lemon loaf cake will be perfect for a summer weekend afternoon tea! I wish I had a slice right now!

  2. Such a classic dessert! Calling it a loaf allows you to eat more than one “slice” at a time too!

  3. Katerina @ diethood .com Reply

    I would love a slice of this lemon poppy seed cake!! It sounds aahhmmaaazing!!

  4. Hello spring! I am loving this and all the spring flavors 🙂

  5. This is crazy, karlynn I get sick mixed up when I’m on one of your recipes , and can’t decide which lemon cake I want to bake …
    So I went out got the ingredients for the poppy seed lemon cake got home
    Went on your website to get recipe and saw the lemon bundt cake ……..
    Twilight zone intro
    well guess what happens????? Lol
    I ended up making the bundt cake ( in the oven as we /I speak) and all my ingredients( poppy seed recipe) are sitting on my table with big frowns on them lol
    Well kids theres always tomorrow right!!!!
    You make me a happy girl today :))
    Thanks again karlynn ?

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