Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcake

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It will love at first bite when your teeth sink into a Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcake. They have the perfect balance of sweet and tart.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcake with a bite taken out.

It will love at first bite when your teeth sink into a Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcake. They have the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcake with a bite taken out.

This recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes will soon become a fan favorite by your whole family. Whether you make these for brunch or to enjoy as dessert, they are sure to hit the spot.

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What We Love About This Poppy Seed Muffin Recipe

  • 30 Minute Treat: Make this recipe in 30 minutes will 15 minutes of prep time and 15 minutes of baking.
  • Family Friendly: This lemon poppy seed cupcake recipe will be the most popular dish at family brunch.
  • Adaptable: You can easily make this recipe gluten-free or use healthier swaps like greek yogurt for sour cream.
A basket of muffins.

Ingredient Notes for the Cakes

  • Flour: It is important that you use all purpose flour in this recipe as a different may impact the poppy seed muffin texture.
  • Baking Powder: Baking powder will help the cupcake rise properly while baking.
  • Salt: Kosher salt or finely grated sea salt will work.
  • Lemon: You need 2 fresh lemons. You will need both the zest and juice.
  • Sugar: This lemon poppy seed cupcake recipe calls for whit granulated cane sugar.
  • Milk: You can use whatever type of milk that you have, whole, 1%, 2%, skim, or even non-dairy milk like almond or oat works too.
  • Sour Cream: Sour cream will help to make these lemon and poppyseed muffins to be moist. Greek yogurt will work too.
  • Butter: You will need melted unsalted butter for this recipe.
  • Eggs: For this recipe, you will need 4 large eggs.
  • Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste will both work for this recipe.
  • Poppy Seeds: You will about 2 tablespoons of poppy seeds. You can use extra for garish.
  • Powdered Sugar: For lemon glaze to top off the lemon poppyseed muffins, you will need powdered sugar.
Flour, lemons, poppyseeds, eggs butter etc.

Equipment Needed for Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

How to Make Lemon Poppyseed Cupcakes

These are the basic steps for making Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcake. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

Mixing the batter for the lemon muffins.

STEP 1: MAKE THE BATTER

In a medium mixing bowl combine together the dry ingredients, including flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large mixing bowl combine the wet ingredients starting with sugar and melted butter, then stir in the fresh lemon juice and zest of one lemon; mix. Using an electric mixer combine the flour mixture with the wet ingredients. Fold in poppy seeds.

STEP 2: FILL AND BAKE CUPCAKES

Line a jumbo muffin pan with cupcake liners. Fill each cup 3/4 of the way up with spoonful of batter. Cook at 400 degrees f for 15 minutes of until the center is fully cooked, you can check by sticking if a toothpick and if it comes out clean, they are done.

STEP 3: MAKE THE GLAZE

Make the glaze by combining juice and zest of one lemon with powdered sugar. Set aside until you are ready to drizzle over cupcakes. Remove lemon poppy seed cupcakes from the oven and let cool to touch before removing from tin.

Scooping the muffins into the pan, then bake and finally adding the glaze.

STEP 4: FROST THE CUPCAKES

Once the cupcakes are cooled, transfer to a wire rack that is on top of a sheet pan, and drizzle with lemon glaze. You will want to repeat that 2-3 times until the icing is dripping off the cupcakes. Serve and enjoy!

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Make this lemon poppy seed cupcake recipe a day or two a head of time. I recommend make the muffin bake and holding off the glaze until 1-2 hours before you plan you to serve them.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store lemon and poppy seed muffins in an airtight container for 3-4 days. You can store at room temperature or in the fridge.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

To freeze cupcakes, individually wrap each one in plastic wrap and store in a freezer bag for up to 6 months in the freezer.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE GLUTEN-FREE

To make this recipe gluten-free simply swap the flour for 1:1 all purpose gluten-free flour.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE GREEK YOGURT IN PLACE OF SOUR CREAM?

Greek yogurt will work just as well in place of sour cream if you are looking for a healthier swap.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

This recipe can easily be doubled or halved, just decrease or increase ingredients proportionally.

HOW MAKE DAYS AHEAD CAN YOU MAKE CUPCAKES?

It is best to make cupcakes up to two days before you intend on serving them.

Side view of the rolls with the milk.

Expert Tips for Making This Muffin Recipes

  • Fresh Fruit: Add fresh raspberries or blueberries to these lemon poppy seed cupcakes.
  • Garnish: For extra garnish, top with lemon peel or zest or poppy seeds.
  • Buttercream Frosting: For a thicker frosting instead of a glaze, make my Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and add some lemon flavor extract. You can use a piping bag to frosting the cupcakes. You could also make lemon cream cheese frosting using this recipe from Devour Dinner.

What to Serve with Lemon Poppyseed Cupcake

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Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcake with a bite taken out.

Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcake

Yield: 12 Cupcakes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
It will love at first bite when your teeth sink into a Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcake. They have the perfect balance of sweet and tart.
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Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoon sour cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon poppy seeds

Lemon glaze

  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 lemon

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • In another mixing bowl, add sugar and butter. Whisk until sugar dissolves.
  • Add the milk vanilla, eggs, and sour cream. Mix until incorporated.
  • Add lemon zest from one lemon and then the juice of one lemon. Mix.
  • Slowly incorporate wet ingredients into dry using a mixer.
  • Once the batter is formed, fold in the poppyseeds.
  • Place your jumbo cupcake liners in a cupcake pan spacing them every other well. Spray liners.
  • Fill liners 3/4 of the way with batter.
  • Cook at 400 for 15 minutes or until the center of the muffin is cooked. Use a clean dry toothpick to see if the center is cooked.
  • While muffins are cooking, mix the zest and juice of one lemon with powdered sugar. Set aside.
  • Once muffins are cooked. Remove and let cool to touch.
  • Place muffins on a baking rack over a sheet pan. Drizzle icing over the muffins. Repeat two or three times using icing that fell through.
  • Enjoy!

Expert Tips

  • Fresh Fruit: Add fresh raspberries or blueberries to these lemon poppy seed cupcakes.
  • Garnish: For extra garnish, top with lemon peel or zest or poppy seeds.
  • Buttercream Frosting: For a thicker frosting instead of a glaze, make my Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and add some lemon flavor extract. You can use a piping bag to frosting the cupcakes. You could also make lemon cream cheese frosting using this recipe from Devour Dinner.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 505kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 352mg | Potassium: 225mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 630IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 3mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: muffins

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