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Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Tea Cakes:  Citrus laden mini Bundt cakes are perfect for tea time, dessert or a very indulgent breakfast!

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Tea Cake on a white plate garnished with raspberries

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Tea Cakes

If you can believe it, the hubby is not the pickiest member of my family. Katie wins that title. It’s easier to list what she will eat than go through the long list of foods she refuses to eat or try.

I blame this on her father’s genes. In fact, his dad’s family apologized to my MIL about his food proclivities before they married. Katie does love poppy seed muffins, both the lemon and almond varieties. So I had a feeling she’d be thrilled with these Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Tea Cakes.

Overhead view of a Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Tea Cake

What is a Meyer Lemon?

Meyer lemons are thought to be a cross between a conventional lemon and a mandarin orange. They are rounder and sweeter than lemons with a bit of an orange hue in their rind.

You can easily substitute an ordinary lemon for the Meyer lemons in this recipe. Your end result will be a more intense lemon flavor.

A Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Tea Cake dusted with powdered sugar

Tips for Making Lemon Poppy Seed Tea Cakes

A dusting of powdered sugar is a nice touch, but totally optional. If you’d like to serve these for dessert, feel free to add a drizzle of icing. As with any specialized baking pan, this mini Bundt pan needed a good coating of butter followed by flour or a spray with a product like Baker’s Joy to allow for a clean release.

If you’re lucky enough to have a stash of Meyer lemons, I recommend this Meyer Lemon Tart.

PRO-Tip: If you over-mix a quick bread batter (like muffins or tea cakes), you’ll get tunnels in your final product. So when you mix the dry ingredients into the wet, stir by hand just till the flour is incorporated, and never use an electric mixer.

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Tea Cakes

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Tea Cakes

A citrus quick bread baked in mini Bundt pans for a beautiful presentation!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Yield 8


  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, softened; plus more for greasing pans
  • 2 cups flour; plus more for dusting pans
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon grated Meyer lemon or traditional lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice or traditional lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup cold milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ยบ. Grease two mini Bundt pans with butter, then dust them lightly with flour or spray with Baker's Joy.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, and poppy seeds together in a medium-size bowl and set aside.
  3. In a separate, big bowl, cream the butter and sugar together using an electric mixture until light lemon-yellow in color. With the mixer speed low, beat in the eggs, continuing with the lemon zest and juice.
  4. With a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir half the milk into the wet ingredients. Stir in half the flour. Stir in the remaining milk. Add the remaining flour, and stir just until no flour is visible.
  5. Scrape the batter into the prepared pans with a rubber spatula, filling about 3/4 full.
  6. Bake for about 20-22 minutes or until the tops are a very light golden brown and a toothpick inserted into middle of one of the cakes comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for a few minutes, then invert and let cakes cool on wire rack. Serve at room temperature.


Recipe adapted from Once Upon a Tart.

Batter can also be baked in loaf pans. Just bake till tops are golden brown and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 71mg Sodium: 201mg Carbohydrates: 65g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 38g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 7g
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37 comments on “Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Tea Cakes”

  1. This looks so beautiful and small. My hands started to itch how much I’d like to cook something today.

  2. Aaaaahhh, how cute are these?! I love miniature anything, but mini bundt cakes just might be my most favorite thing ever. Glad that you found something even the pickiest of eaters can enjoy!

  3. Hi Liz! I am taking a deep breath and I smell your cakes! I think I have a few mini bundt pans somewhere. Hope I can find them ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I like that lemon poppy seed combination in everything ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t remember if I made tea cakes..probably time to correct that mistake

  5. They look great, the poppy seeds are pretty:@)

  6. I don’t know how anyone can be picky in your family. If you could cook for me even once a week maybe I could start gaining some weight.

  7. Here’s the thing about picky eaters: it means MORE for me! These tea cakes look lovely – I’m a sucker for anything with lemon…

  8. I have a picky eater at home, and it’s a challenge when we go out eating! I love lemon cakes and yours looks so tempting, I can almost smell this beauty ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. You just reminded me how long it’s been since I’ve enjoyed a lemon poppy seed cake. It’s one of those refreshing desserts that you can eat plain or with a little powdered sugar and not worry about frosting calories. This one’s getting pinned. Yummo!

  10. It’s been forever since I’ve had lemon and poppyseed. These little cakes just look too cute!

  11. I thought it was the hubs all along that was the uber picky one. Lol. I guess I’m lucky I only have one picky one left, as for me I will eat anything, especially lemon.

  12. I love meyer lemons and this mini bundt cake sounds like the perfect anytime treat – with coffee at breakfast, for lunch or dinner. Nice recipe and post.

  13. My husband loves poppy! This is a perfect afternoon tea treat for him.

  14. These are beautiful little tea cakes, Liz! That sunny yellow colour looks so pretty with the tiny flecks of poppy seed. I don’t think they sell Meyer lemons here so I’ll just have to use the regular ol’ lemons (boo!).

  15. I will not pass by Meyer Lemons any more. You have convinced me to take some home and bake these beauties!

  16. Oh Liz, your little bundt cakes are cake are just adorable! They look delicious!!

  17. I can see why these were such a hit. Cute as a button or a muffin or a bundt cake can be! And the lemons are here!

  18. Oh wow – you had me at lemon and poppy seed!!! This looks delicious.

  19. If Kate decides she doesn’t like these, I’ll be standing in line! They look amazing! Maybe you could tell her there’s something in them that she doesn’t like ……

  20. Love your cute little tea cakes, they look delicious!!

  21. I need a cute little bundt tin like yours! Love the Meyer lemon/poppy seed combo. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Such pretty cakes, they would be perfect for a spring party!

  23. Lizzy,
    These mini cakes look adorable. I love lemon and poppy seeds in muffin or cake form.

  24. The meyer-poppy-seed-lemon-tea-cake looks lovely! I have a meyer tree in my backyard and always keep looking for some recipes with it.. this is definitely a keeper! hope your daughter enjoyed having it ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Aahh! Another Meyer Lemon recipe! I am so all over this!

  26. Great minds think alike, Liz! I just posted a lemon poppy seed recipe! These cakes look just delicious!

  27. Love these sweet little cakes, Liz! I have a Meyer Lemon tree which I have managed not to kill yet! These will definitely be on my list of things to make when my next batch of lemons come to bloom! : )

  28. I knew I should have bought those mini Bundt forms! Love your little cake, Liz. It must taste fantastic. Yes, perfect with a cup of tea! ๐Ÿ™‚ ela

  29. Iโ€™m definitely into this.

  30. These mini tea cakes look adorable Liz! I love meyer lemons and they sound fantastic with the poppy seeds – so perfect with a nice cup of tea ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. My son was the fussy eater. Vegetables needn’t have been invented for him. He’s much better now but it took a long time.

    He’d like your tea cakes as much as I do.

  32. I’m not a picky eater but I still love these light little cakes. Now I just need a pot of tea. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Mini adorable cakes, these look so delicious ๐Ÿ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  34. Great tip, Liz…Hopefully I will now avoid tunnels in my quick breads….Meyer lemons are the best. I can see why this would be on your daughter’s yes list =)

  35. Oh I bet these are SO good with the meyer lemons! Beautiful tea cakes Liz!

  36. I love a cute tea cake and these are adorable. Lemon is one of my favorite cake flavors too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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