Lemon and poppy seed cake

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Lemon and Poppy Seed Drizzle Cake
Lemon and Poppy Seed Drizzle Cake
  • Serves: 9

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  • Skill level: Bit of effort

This quick-to-prepare recipe makes a subtle, delicately-flavoured cake. Cut into squares and serve with high tea. Perfection!


  • 200g (7oz) plain flour
  • 200g (7oz) caster sugar
  • 2 level tsp baking powder
  • 125g (4 oz) soft, unsalted butter
  • Juice and grated lemon zest of 2 organic or unwaxed lemons
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • x 284ml carton buttermilk
  • 2tsp poppy seeds
  • 2tbsp icing sugar, to dust

You will need:

  • 15cm (6in) square tin, completely lined with parchment paper

To find out if your cake is ready, insert a skewer in it: it should come out clean.


  1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F, gas mark 4). Sieve the flour, caster sugar, baking powder and a pinch of salt into a bowl. Then whisk in the butter until you've got crumbs.
  2. Beat together the lemon zest, whole egg, egg yolks and buttermilk in a bowl. Add to the flour mixture, beating all the time. Then stir in the poppy seeds and pour into the tin. Bake on the middle shelf for around 45 mins.
  3. Cool in tin, cut into squares and serve with a light dusting of icing sugar and fruit.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 318(kcal)
  • Fat 16.0g
  • Saturates 8.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Hi, do I use 142ml of buttermilk


Awesome cake, I tried it today! Annalisa


ONe of the best cakes ever. I had so many compliments from my friends.

Food editor

Hi Kate, This recipe should be fine without the poppy seeds but alternatively, we have some more lemon cakes you might like to have a look at I hope your mum likes it! Charlotte - Food editor,


Hi, I need to make a lemon drizzle cake for my mums 50th birthday next weekend but she doesnt like the sound of poppy seeds and lemon together, but this cake looks like the nicest lemon cake ive seen on the whole internet. So would i be able to do it without the poppy seeds?

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