Lemon Poppy Seed Bread


Bake up a loaf of this soft, sweet lemon poppy seed bread for a scrumptious breakfast, snack or dessert. It’s so easy and super moist!

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Three years ago on Sunday, I started this blog with a loaf of bread and absolutely no idea what I was doing. To say I had a handle on anything from photo takin’ to cake bakin’ would have been a lie. But, while I still have no clue how to create a perfect layer cake, I have learned plenty about photography, writing, and cooking and baking in general. I’ve also learned that there are lots of really nice people out there, and that I’m lucky enough to have a handful stop by every day to say nice things.

So, thank you. From the bottom of my butter loving heart, thank you for reading, commenting, inspiring and encouraging. You make the wheels go ‘round on this big ole blogging bus. Who knows if it has a stop in sight, but I’m having tremendous fun trucking right along. :)

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Now onto the lemony, poppy seedy deliciousness! This bread is super delish, and you won’t believe how simple it is, too. Using a cake mix and pudding mix, it’s quick, extra easy and mouthwateringly moist. Use this recipe from scratch if you’d rather. It’s just as yummy!

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread – Bake up a loaf of this soft, sweet lemon bread for a breakfast, snack or dessert! | thecomfortofcooking.com

Slather over a smooth glaze made with powdered sugar and lemon juice, and this bread goes from good to NOM NOM NOM… That’s the sound of me eating your slice.

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread – Bake up a loaf of this soft, sweet lemon bread for a breakfast, snack or dessert! | thecomfortofcooking.com

This delicious, easy lemon poppy seed bread makes for a sunny, citrusy breakfast, dessert or homemade gift from the heart. They freeze well, too.

Bake up a loaf some lazy day for yourself and someone lucky enough to enjoy it with you!

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Servings 2 loaves or 4 mini loaves


  • 1 package (18.25 oz.) white or yellow cake mix
  • 1 package (3.4 oz.) instant lemon pudding mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 4 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • Lemon Glaze optional
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered confectioners’ sugar
  • Juice from 1 lemon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, water, eggs and oil. With a hand or stand mixer, beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Gently stir in lemon zest and poppy seeds.
  • Pour into two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans, or four mini loaf pans. Bake whole loaves for 35-40 minutes, or mini loaves for 28-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Meanwhile prepare lemon glaze, if desired.
  • Cool in pans for 3 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Once on wire rack, place wax paper beneath rack and brush loaves with lemon glaze.
  • Enjoy!

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  1. Why does it look like I could grab it right out of my screen. It’s mouth watering. I need an alternative right now.

  2. Congratulations on three years of wonderful recipes and gorgeous posts. This bread seems like the perfect way to mark the occasion : )

  3. I have never used Poppy Seeds. Sad, right? This sounds delightful!

  4. Happy blog Anniversary! No one would ever say that you had no idea what you were doing back then. Always been a beautiful blog. Continued success with it :)

    P.S. Lemon Poppy Seed loaf looks delicious.

  5. So bright and sunny on a cold winter’s day!

  6. This looks amazing! I love that it is so simple with the cake and pudding mixes.
    Thank you for the great recipe, can’t wait to try it.

  7. This sounds absolutely amazing! I will definitely be making this soon!

  8. Congratulations on the blogiversary! You’ve got so many wonderful recipes and photos here already. I can’t wait to see what this year brings!

  9. Pretty bread, I love the glaze!

  10. Congrats to you!! This bread looks like a wonderful way to celebrate 3 years!

  11. I looove lemon poppyseed bread, but have never made it at home. And, I have a huge bag of poppyseeds I ordered from Penzey’s. Bookmarking this one!

  12. Lemon is my absolute favorite! Congrats on your anniversary! Looking forward to more great posts!

  13. My absolute favorite type of muffin is lemon poppy seed, so this bread looks delicious!!!

  14. Congratulations on 3 years. This poppy seed bread looks delicious, but more like a cake so it probably is delish!

  15. Happy blogoversary! I absolutely love visiting you here and I look forward to many many many more years :)

    And this bread – SWOON! That glaze is just killing me here.

  16. Lemon poppyseed is one of my favorite muffin flavors, so I know I’d adore it in bread form…

    Happy anniversary!

  17. I love the vibrant color of this bread! Gorgeous. I think all bread should have a glaze :)

  18. This is gorgeous bread !!

  19. I like to use the lemon cake and use lemon frosting melted in the microwave for just a few seconds so its easy to drizzle over the bread. Easy and yummy!

  20. I love Lemon Poppy Seed Bread!

  21. This poppy seed lemon recipe brought me over to your lovely food blog. And I will never leave. I am going to bake this bread today afternoon, just after I have read your blog for few hours. I´m simply IN LOVE with your writing style, it´s so fun to read! Thank you and wishing you many more inspiring posts!!

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