Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Tea Cakes
Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Tea Cakes: Citrus laden mini Bundt cakes are perfect for tea time, dessert or a very indulgent breakfast!
Not a traditional British Tea Cakes Recipe but definitely a treat that’s delicious with a cup or tea or coffee.
Why You Must Make
- Everyone loves their own personal dessert!
- Adding frosting, whipped cream or ice cream will even make these more enticing!
- These buttery gems are a legitimate breakfast treat, too!!!
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 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.
- 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Make sure to prep the pan properly. Grease the pan then dust with flour or use a flour and oil spray like Baker’s Joy.
Old pans will stick more since their interior surface is not as smooth as a new pan. Sometimes it’s best to just bite the bullet and purchase a new pan.
Do not leave the cake or cakes in the pans too long. Let them cool long enough for the exterior to get firm, but not until the cake is fully cooled, usually about 10-15 minutes for a large Bundt pan.
Tea cakes originated in Britain, and unlike the name implies, they are more of a plain soft cookie or a yeasted bun speckled with dried fruit than a cake. Though tarts and small cakes can also be referred to as tea cakes.
You May Also Like:
- Meyer Lemon Tart
- Meyer Lemon Crumb Bars
- Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf can always be made with Meyer lemons
- More of the Best Homemade Cake Recipes
Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Tea Cakes
A citrus quick bread baked in mini Bundt pans for a beautiful presentation!
- 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
- Preheat the oven to 350º. Grease two mini Bundt pans with butter, then dust them lightly with flour or spray with Baker's Joy.
- Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, and poppy seeds together in a medium-size bowl and set aside.
- 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.
- 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.
- Scrape the batter into the prepared pans with a rubber spatula, filling about 3/4 full.
- 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.
- 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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 201mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 2gSugar: 38gProtein: 7g
37 Comments on “Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Tea Cakes”
Love your cute little tea cakes, they look delicious!!
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 ……
Oh wow – you had me at lemon and poppy seed!!! This looks delicious.
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!
Oh Liz, your little bundt cakes are cake are just adorable! They look delicious!!
I will not pass by Meyer Lemons any more. You have convinced me to take some home and bake these beauties!
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!).
My husband loves poppy! This is a perfect afternoon tea treat for him.
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.
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.
It’s been forever since I’ve had lemon and poppyseed. These little cakes just look too cute!
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!
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 🙂
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…
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.
They look great, the poppy seeds are pretty:@)
I like that lemon poppy seed combination in everything 🙂 I don’t remember if I made tea cakes..probably time to correct that mistake
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 🙂
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!
This looks so beautiful and small. My hands started to itch how much I’d like to cook something today.