Lemon & Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Muffins

There’s nothing better than a Sunday morning with great coffee and a nice cake. My friend came round to visit me recently and so I decided to make her favourite – Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins. We managed two each while we were chatting but I had to parcel some up for her to take home to eat later too!

The base recipe is the same as my World Famous Muffin Recipe, with deliciously tangy lemon zest and juice and the crunch of poppy seeds. When you put the poppy seeds into the mixture, it looks too much, but stick with it – when baked, they are perfect. To make your own, here’s how:


  • 200g butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 300g self raising flour
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 30g poppy seeds

Equipment Needed:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Metal dessert spoon (+ 1 additional to help you spoon the mixture into the cases)
  • Tablespoon
  • Scales
  • Measuring jug (or a large mug will be fine!)
  • Whisk
  • Paper muffin cases (or silicone for the environmentally conscious!)
  • 12 hole muffin tin
  • Cooling rack
  • Zester/fine grater


  1. In a mixing bowl, cream softened butter and sugar in a bowl until the mixture is light and fluffy (to cream the two, use a metal spoon and press and drag the mixture against the side of the bowl…you’ll hear the sugar crunching)
  2. Add the flour to the bowl
  3. In a jug, whisk the milk and eggs together
  4. Add to the mixing bowl and combine gently in a figure of 8 movement until smooth (be careful not to overwork the flour by stirring to vigorously)
  5. Add the zest and juice of a lemon and the poppy seeds to your mixture and stir gently to combine
  6. Spoon the mixture into paper cases and bake in the oven (Gas Mark 5/200 degrees Celsius) for 20-25 minutes (when you check your cakes are ready press the top gently…if it springs back, it’s cooked)
  7. Leave to cook on the rack

If you’re a citrus fan, have you tried my Lemon Drizzle Loaf – it’s to die for! You might also like my Gin and Tonic Cake, or Courgette and Lime Cake.

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