Glazed Lemon-Thyme Poppy Seed Cake

The original recipe of the Glazed Lemon-Thyme Poppy Seed Cake is in Bake from Scratch Vol. 1, I cut this recipe in half to make one loaf instead of two.

Here is the recipe after I halved it:


1 c. softened unsalted butter

3/4 c. granulated sugar

1 tbsp. poppy seeds

2 tbsp. fresh thyme

2 eggs

3/4 c. all-purpose flour

1 c. cake flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 c. buttermilk

1/2 tsp. lemon zest

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350°

2. Prepare a loaf pan with baking spray and flour

3. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium speed until fluffy (about 6 minutes)

4. Chop thyme

5. Add poppy seeds and thyme until combined

6. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each

7. In medium bowl, sift together flour, salt and baking powder

8. In separate small bowl, mix together buttermilk, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla

9. Add wet and dry ingredients into butter mixture, alternating between wet and dry. Begin and end with dry ingredients

10. Pour into prepared loaf pan.

11. Bake for 30 minutes then cover with tin foil and bake for 30-45 more minutes (until a toothpick comes out clean)

12. Cool for 10 minutes then take out of loaf pan and let cool completely on a baking rack

Lemon Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice


  1. Combine ingredients in small bowl, whisk until smooth
  2. Pour on cooled loaf
  3. Garnish with lemon slices and thyme sprigs


I have to say, though this lot is SO pretty, it was quick dry. I definitely baked it longer than I should have, I checked it with a toothpick several times and they all had crumbs. They were dry crumbs which means I should have taken it out the first time! I believe I over baked it by about 5-10 minutes which led to it being dry.

The combination of thyme, lemon and poppyseed was surprisingly yummy! I never would have thought to mix these three together on my own. However, in the baked loaf I didn’t taste much of the thyme.

Next time I make this loaf I would definitely bake it a significantly shorter time and add more thyme. Overall, it is definitely worth a try because of how different it is, especially if you love lemon treats, this is a level up of the normal lemon poppyseed mixture you see. Plus it is so pretty!!

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