Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes with Citrus Glaze

A couple of weekends ago, I went through all my photo archives and deleted close to 20,000 pictures (mostly of food, of course) on my computer.  As I was searching through each photo, I came across these cupcakes that I made….last summer.  How could I have such oversight?  These were awesome.  Not dense enough (or overly sweet) to (in my opinion) qualify as a true cupcake-but mostly like a sweet muffin that happened to have a little bit of glaze on top.

And since I equate spring/summer with all things lemon-ish (sunshine, lemonade, warm weather…), these were a perfect impromptu post to have saved.  And, I haven’t posted a cupcake recipe in a very long time, so here we go.

The original recipe is from Martha Stewart and was for an orange poppy seed cake.  You could switch out the zest and juice from a lemon (which I have posted here) and use your favorite citrus fruit instead.

Here comes the sun, and I say it’s all right.


Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes with Citrus Glaze

Servings: 20 cupcakes


For the cupcakes:

2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Pinch of  salt

3/4 cup whole milk

2 tablespoons finely grated  lemon zest, plus 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

1 and 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

1 and 1/2 cups sugar

3 large eggs

2 tablespoons poppy seeds

For the citrus glaze:

1 and 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, plus more if needed

1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more if needed

For garnish: lemon zest, poppy seeds



1. For the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degree

2. Line a cupcake pan with the liners of your choice.

3. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a bowl

4. Stir together milk and 1/4 cup lemon juice in a small bowl.

5. In the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, 1 1/4 cups sugar, and the lemon zest on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes.

6. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition.

7. Reduce speed to low, and add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour.

8. Beat in poppy seeds.

9. Divide batter among muffin tins (filling each cup two-thirds full).

10. Bake until golden around the edges, 18 to 20 minutes.

11. Meanwhile, bring remaining 1/4 cup  lemon juice and remaining 1/4 cup sugar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Let stand until ready to use

12. Brush warm cupcakes with half the lemon juice mixture. Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack, and let cool for 30 minutes.

13. Brush cupcakes again with remaining orange juice mixture, and let cool completely.

14. For the citrus glaze:  Whisk all of the ingredients together until smooth.  Dip each cupcake, face down, into the glaze immediately.  Let sit for about 20 minutes or so until glaze is set (it will still be sticky and a little runny).


Source:  Cupcakes from Martha Stewart and glaze from Martha’s Stewart’s Cupcakes.









May 19, 2012 - 3:47 pm

CJ at Food Stories - Thx for connecting with me on foodbuzz. I just subscribed to your blog feed and can’t wait to see what your next post will be!

May 19, 2012 - 7:20 pm

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious - So glad you found this recipe. It looks amazing! And that dripping glaze is so inviting.

May 20, 2012 - 3:26 am

Crystal @ A Lovin' Forkful - These cupcakes are really pretty! The poppy seed in the glaze is such a nice touch. 🙂

May 20, 2012 - 5:32 am

Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef - I just want to lick that glaze off the side of the cupcake without anyone knowing I did it.

May 20, 2012 - 7:38 am

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - I loooove the look of that glaze! Yum!

May 21, 2012 - 4:13 am

DB-The Foodie Stuntman - Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

May 21, 2012 - 9:33 am

Mei-I @ gastronomic nomad - I love it when you stumble upon an old recipe like this! After my cupcake failure (in looks not taste) yesterday, I’m so glad to see one looking so beautiful! Congrats on top 9!!!

May 21, 2012 - 10:10 am

sonia - Hi There, Congratulations for Top 9 !!!!!!
Wow…this recipe is looking so Appetizing. A very well made post with beautiful pictures. I can’t wait to try it on my island. Have a wonderful week ahead. Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

May 21, 2012 - 2:34 pm

Adrienne C0bb - These look amazing!!! Congrats on Top 9! Your blog was my first and now I’m hooked to Foodbuzz! Hope all is well with you!

May 21, 2012 - 6:01 pm

Amanda - YUM YUM YUM YUM!!! this looks amazing!!!!!

May 21, 2012 - 8:12 pm

Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out - Yum! Glad you found this post! I really like the use of a glaze instead of a frosting – I’m not so much a fan of frosting, but darn if I don’t love a good glaze!

May 22, 2012 - 7:09 pm

Ann P. - gorgeous photos! Lemon + Poppyseed is a delicious combination. 🙂

October 6, 2012 - 4:30 pm
April 1, 2013 - 4:44 am

Evelyb E - Yes am glad i found your good looking lemon poppy seed ,gonna make this for my hubby for his b-day one of his favorite!!!super ,,,