Lemon Poppyseed Loaf with Yogurt Glaze

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Big day today guys - I don’t have any Poppyseed recipes on WGC and my daughter is named Poppy… it was time to fix it! Lemon Poppyseed Loaf with Yogurt Glaze coming in hot for Feb! 

Lemon Poppyseed Loaf with Yogurt Glaze from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)


I live for a loaf. Cake - meh, it’s fine. Cupcakes - absolutely not. But a loaf… sign me up. It’s one of my favorite things to make and store in the freezer for a rainy day. I love gifting loaves of baked goods to friends because it travels so well. And I LIVE for a loaf at a brunch. This Lemon Poppyseed Loaf with Yogurt Glaze is perfection. Dotted with poppyseeds, infused with a lemon glaze, made with a yogurt base for extra moisture… it’s amazing. 

The base of this loaf recipe is so multi-purpose. And while I’m going with a poppyseed lemon combo here, I highly encourage you to take the base cake recipe and make it work no matter what time of year you’re baking. Summer would be insane with some fruit, winter would be delish with some cranberries on top and spring you could leave it plain with some macerated strawberries on top. The end result is going to be perfect every time. And that’s because the base loaf recipe itself is to die for. 

The Greek Yogurt portion is made with with Stonyfield Greek yogurt, obviously as its the best Greek Yogurt and the yogurt gives the batter and extra level of moisture so it doesn’t dry out. Not to mention, Stonyfield is just hands down an incredible company that always supports small dairy farmers and you know that’s very important to me as a consumer! 

Lemon Poppyseed Loaf with Yogurt Glaze from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

I’m thrilled to be working with Stonyfield again this year - so get ready for even more yogurt inspired recipes like these:

Lemon Poppyseed Loaf with Yogurt Glaze from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Lemon Poppyseed Loaf with Yogurt Glaze

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 7 votes
A light and lemony loaf dotted with poppyseeds and a lemon glaze!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people


For the Loaf:

  • 1 cup Stonyfield Whole Milk Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest plus more for topping
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds plus more for topping

For the Glaze:

  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Stonyfield Whole Milk Greek Yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • teaspoon kosher salt


For the Loaf:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees with the rack set in the center. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and line with parchment, leaving a two inch overhang on both sides. Spray parchment.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, sugar, eggs, lemon juice, zest, vanilla and vegetable oil until smooth. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt, then whisk to combine. Stir in poppy seeds.
  • Transfer batter to the prepared loaf pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, and the loaf is a deep golden brown, 55-60 minutes. If edges begin to brown too much, cover pan with foil.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan on a cooling rack for 15 minutes.
  • Use parchment sling to remove loaf from pan and place on a cooling rack until completely cooled.

For the Glaze:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, yogurt, lemon juice and salt until smooth.
  • Pour/drizzle over cake, sprinkle with poppyseeds and lemon zest and let set completely, about 45 minutes.


If you want to freeze this, freeze the loaf whole after it has cooled completely. Thaw and glaze just before slicing and serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 468mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 92IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This was a really good lemon poppyseed loaf. It was much denser than others I've had, but still really good. Loved the tang that the yogurt gave it! Everyone who tried it loved it! Thanks for sharing, this is a keeper!

  2. 5 stars
    I had some leftover Greek yogurt and found this recipe - so glad I did!! The yogurt gives the cake the best texture and consistency and the glaze is delicious! Will have it for breakfast all week!

  3. Made this tonight for my family & a few guests! And it was AMAZING. My daughter ate like 3 pieces herself. Will definitely be making it again

  4. I always buy Stoneyfield whole milk plain yogurt, but do have a hard time finding it in my area - have never seen their Greek Yogurt anywhere here. How can I substitute? can I drain plain?

  5. 5 stars
    This PoppySeed Loaf is just DELICIOUS . For sure I will be making this loaf over and over again. It's good looking and I can't stop myself from wanting another piece. I made this with unbleached flour and it's just perfect. Thank you so much for this recipe.

  6. If you’re planning to make ahead for weekend guests do you freeze it after putting glaze on? Or do you wait till it comes to room temp then put glaze on before serving?

  7. 5 stars
    Made these last night and they are so light and lemony! I made them into muffins and they were done in 12 minutes. The glaze is so good. I’m going to have some happy co-workers today!

  8. Two questions!

    If I have a slightly smaller loaf pan (8x4), are there specific adjustments I should make?

    If you don’t eat it it right away, do you recommend refrigerating it in the short term because of the glaze?

    1. just do the knife test to make sure it's fully baked! and I leave it on the counter a day or two and it's usually gone. You can store in the fridge or freezer if you prefer

    2. 5 stars
      Delicious! I baked my second round of this deliciousness in a 4 mini loaf stone pan. Perfect for wrapping and gifting. Divine. Cut baking time by 1/3, and came out perfect.

  9. Made it tonight, but forgot to put poppy seeds in it ‍♀️Still delicious! Will have to do another round. Curious, how do you achieve such perfect shape of a cut on top of loaf with the runny dough?

  10. This looks delicious and I love the combo of lemon and poppyseed! Do you recommend pouring the glaze on the cake when it’s still warm? I know that is the recommendation for Ina’s cake.

5 from 7 votes (1 rating without comment)

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