Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Today I had a Starbucks craving. I love going to Starbucks although I am able to restrain myself from going there too often. I love their coffee but today the craving I experienced was not one that had caffeine. Instead I was desiring one of their baked goodies. I think that all the desserts over the holidays has created a major sweet tooth and I was wanting my favourite baked item at Starbucks. It is the lemon poppy seed loaf. If you have never had this at Starbucks, I highly encourage you to try it the next time that you are there. No scratch that – don’t try it. Otherwise you may experience the same addiction for this lemony baked delight I have, for which I have eaten way to much of!

So, to deal with my craving I decided to make my own! But instead of a loaf I made muffins with the brand new muffin tins I got for Christmas from my brother-in-law and sister-in-law! THANKS GUYS! Also, I used a serving tray in the picture that Janna got from her uncle. He hand made it from wood taken from Janna’s grandparents house. Pretty cool.

These muffins totally addressed the craving that I had and one of the highlights for me was how perfect the glaze was with the muffin. Since the glaze was made with lemon juice it added to the lemony flavour of the muffin.

Sift together all the dry ingredients to ensure the baking soda and baking powder are thoroughly mixed with the flour. Do not over-mix the dry ingredients into the we ingredients as that can limit how much the muffins rise.

Let the muffins completely cool before brushing on the lemon glaze.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Author Steve Cylka


  • 2 cups cake and pastry flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup butter , softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice


  • In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the baking soda, baking powder, salt and poppy seeds. Set aside
  • With an electric mixer cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, lemon juice, lemon zest and sour cream until smooth and creamy.
  • With an electric mixer on low, or with a wooden smooth, mix together the wet and dry ingredients until they are just combined. Do not over-mix the batter.
  • Scoop the muffin batter into a greased muffin tray. There should be enough batter to fill 12 muffin cups.
  • Bake at 400F for 15-18 minutes. Check with a toothpick and it comes out of the muffin with no batter, they are done.
  • Cool on a wire rack.
  • Once the muffins are completely cool, brush on the glaze. To make the glaze, mix together the icing sugar and lemon juice. The glaze should not be too runny. It should be thick enough to be brushed on the muffins.


This recipe is adapted from the poppy seed muffins found on Joy of Baking.

About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. That’s my favorite muffin. Or loaf bread for that matter. I love a good strong lemon icing!

  2. Terrific muffins, and they saved you a few dollars at Starbucks too. Can’t beat that!

  3. This was a smart move, making the muffins at home. Starbucks can be expensive and definitely an avenue to sweet addictions.
    However, by the looks of this muffin, you have brought the addiction to a homemade level-yum! The cake part looks so fluffy and I know that lemon glaze is the crowning touch to these gems! Time for me to get some Meyer Lemons and bake these. My poppy seeds are waiting. Yummy post!

  4. These sound yummy, I love lemon poppy muffins and lemon glaze. Happy New Year!

  5. they sound wonderful! Lemon poppy seed was one of my favorite muffins!

  6. Mmmm, these look perfect! My grandparents always made poppy cake when I came because they knew I loved it so much and never got it at home. Wonderful treat! 🙂

  7. These looks so perfect and fluffy!! I love lemon poppy.. one of my favorites 🙂

  8. Yummy! I cheated and used a white cake mix and added lemon and popyseed to the batter. I am sure yours were soooo much better! Have a great day Cylka family.

    • Hey Betty! Glad to see you’re still reading!! 🙂 Though I miss you and the school-mom gang, it’s nice to have some slow time here at home. Eli got hit with the bug too, so it’s probably a good call that we didn’t have the play-date this week. Anyway, enjoy those muffins! Say “hi” to the kids and Stefan! 🙂

  9. Mmmm..one of my favorite muffins! I love the lemon glaze on top! 🙂

  10. These look excellent…one of my daughter’s favorite muffin…so I will treat her to these one day soon~

  11. These look delicious! My husband loves lemon, this might get him back into muffins!

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