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Citrus Poppy Seed Loaf with Yogurt Glaze

The recipe for this Citrus Poppy Seed Loaf with yogurt glaze is a twist on a classic favorite. It’s perfectly moist, lemony and orange-y, not too sweet, and has a soft airy texture that contrasts the bite from the poppy seeds.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword glazed lemon poppy seed loaf, lemon and poppy seed cake, lemon loaf cake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 568 kcal
Author Mahy


For the loaf:

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large lemon zested
  • 1/2 orange zested
  • 1 1 large lemon juiced
  • 1/2 orange juiced, about 3 tbsps
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt

For the Yogurt Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup confectioner sugar
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon of poppy seeds


For the loaf:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Lightly oil a standard loaf pan size, or an 8-inch cake pan, square round or a muffin pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the sugar, all zests, juice, oil, eggs and buttermilk until well combined. Then add in the poppy seeds and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour with baking powder and baking soda and salt.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the dry ingredients into the lemon mixture and pour into your preferred pan.
  5. Bake (middle rack) for about 20 minutes ( always check 5 minutes before or after depending on the pan size you chose) until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing it from the pan. Glaze the cake while still warm.

For the glaze:

  1.  Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl until nice and smooth. Add a little more juice if you prefer a runny glaze or a little more confectioner sugar if you prefer a thicker glaze.

Recipe Notes

  • The exact baking time of your Citrus Poppy Seed Loaf Cake depends on a lot of things. Make sure to always check 5 minutes before or after depending on the pan size you chose.
  • Test the cake for doneness using a toothpick. You want no batter sticking to the toothpick. A few moist crumbs are ok.
  • Glaze the cake while still warm. That way, the Greek Yogurt Glaze can seep into the loaf cake and make it extra lemony and moist.
Nutrition Facts
Citrus Poppy Seed Loaf with Yogurt Glaze
Amount Per Serving
Calories 568 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 98mg4%
Potassium 397mg11%
Carbohydrates 70g23%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 173IU3%
Vitamin C 43mg52%
Calcium 187mg19%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.