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Three lemon poppyseed muffins complete with icing on the top

lemon poppyseed muffins

Sweet and nutty lemon poppyseed muffins that are just like their famous coffee shop counterparts!

Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword baking, lemon, muffin
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 375 kcal


  • 210 g self-raising flour
  • 155 g golden caster sugar
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds toasted
  • 3 eggs
  • 90 g natural yoghurt
  • 160 g butter melted and cooled

For the lemon poppyseed muffin icing:

  • 200 g butter
  • 350 g sifted icing sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon You can substitute for a small amount of water if you don't want lemon icing


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C (gas mark 4). 

  2. Prepare a 12 hole muffin tray and line with muffin cases.

  3. Mix together the flour, sugar, lemon zest and toasted poppy seeds in a large mixing bowl. I toasted my poppy seeds in a griddle pan for just a few minutes first.

  4. Beat the eggs into the yoghurt, one at a time. 

  5. Tip this mixture into the dry ingredients. Then add this to the melted and cooled butter. Mix this together until lump-free but do not overmix. You want the mixture to be free of lumps but not stodgy.

  6. Bake the muffins for around 18-22 minutes. The lemon and poppyseed muffins are cooked when a cake tester comes out clean.
  7. The cakes may have a slightly pale colour to them. They will be cooked perfectly when they have a nice spring to them.

  8. Leave the cakes in the muffin tray to cool for at least 5 minutes. Then transfer to a wire cooling rack.

Method for lemon poppyseed muffin icing:

  1. Beat the butter, until softened. Slowly add the icing sugar and lemon juice. 

  2. Add 2-3 tablespoons of icing sugar at a time and a drizzle of the lemon juice. Beat this icing by hand, using a metal whisk. 

  3. If you want to make the icing a deeper yellow you could add icing colour. Use sparingly as it often darkens once dry.
  4. Once the icing is ready place into a piping bag and chill for several hours.

  5. Pipe icing using the nozzle of your choice. I used a star tip for this finish.

Recipe Notes

These lemon poppyseed muffins go down a treat and best of all they are perfect to be frozen too.