Lemon and Poppy Seed Drizzle Loaf

A wonderfully moist loaf cake bursting with tons of lemon flavor and poppy seeds, and with a crunchy sugar topping.
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep 30 minutes
Cook 40 minutes
Cooling time 20 minutes
Total 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 to 10 servings
Calories 503 kcal
Author Michelle


For the Loaf:

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • cup + 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • Zest of 3 lemons
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • ½ cup ground almonds
  • tablespoons poppy seeds

For the Drizzle and Topping:

  • ½ cup superfine sugar
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • tablespoons granulated sugar
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  1. Make the Loaf: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x4-inch loaf pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, sugar and lemon zest until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, adding a pinch of the flour with each egg, beating well after each addition.
  3. Sift the remaining flour, baking powder and baking soda into the batter. Use a rubber spatula to fold the flour mixture into the batter. Add the hot water, ground almonds and poppy seeds and gently stir together with the spatula. Transfer the mixture into the prepared pan and bake until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes.
  4. Make the Drizzle: In a small saucepan over low heat, stir together the superfine sugar and lemon juice until the sugar has dissolved.
  5. Turn the cake out of the pan and poke the top of the cake all over with a skewer. Slowly spoon over about three-quarters of the lemon syrup. Allow the cake to cool completely.
  6. Once cool, sprinkle the granulated sugar all over the top of the cake. Reheat the remaining syrup, if necessary, then drizzle over the sugar. Serve at room temperature. The cake can be stored at room temperature, wrapped in plastic wrap, for up to 4 days.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Lemon and Poppy Seed Drizzle Loaf
Amount Per Serving
Calories 503 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 86mg29%
Sodium 88mg4%
Potassium 107mg3%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 59g66%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 590IU12%
Vitamin C 5.8mg7%
Calcium 77mg8%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.