Couldn’t Be Easier Lemon Poppy Seed Cake (Gluten & Dairy Free)

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Baking a cake does not get any simpler, quicker or healthier than this.

All you need is a bowl, a scale and a whisk – no measuring cup or mixer needed.

And the result? Absolutely delicious. The tart taste of the lemon contrasts nicely with the subtle sweetness of the maple syrup and the crunch of the poppy seeds.

Poppy seeds seem to have fallen out of fashion recently, replaced by the more sexy and almost identical-looking chia seeds whose praise I sung here. Poppy seeds are super healthy as well, containing phosphorous, calcium, fiber, iron, potassium and zinc and are a good source of healthy fats. They are grown in Europe, making them more local to us here than chia seeds and they compliment baked goods like cakes or breads extremely well. They can also be added to salad dressings or sprinkled over porridge or muesli.

This is a great breakfast on the go cake and is also lovely with a cup of tea. It keeps well for several days and you can even freeze it.


100g maple syrup

40g olive oil

2 tbsp almond butter or other nut or seed butter

50g poppy seeds

3 small or medium eggs or 2 large ones

juice + zest of 1 large organic lemon

a pinch of sea salt

150g gluten-free flour of your choice – I used half buckwheat flour and half chestnut flour

2 tsp baking powder


Put a bowl on top of a scale and measure the ingredients one by one, starting from the top and whisking as you go along.

Pour the mixture in a baking loaf, greased if it is not silicone.

Bake in the middle of a preheated oven for about 25-35 minutes at 170 degrees. You will know it is ready when a knife comes out clean.

Take it out of the baking loaf and put it on a rack to cool down.

Inspired by this recipe.

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  • Lilia on Jun 04, 2014 Reply

    As promised, reporting from the family kitchen – the lemon poppy seed cake had a huge success with my boys! We are keeping this recipe in our cook-(note)book. Great job, Hiba!

  • Nesrin on Apr 29, 2014 Reply

    I loved this cake – it’s light yet filling and oh so tasty. Keep your recipes coming Hiba they’re awesome!

  • Lilia on Apr 28, 2014 Reply

    Hiba, this sounds delicious! I am going to make it today. Will let you know the reaction of the family. Hugs!

    • Hiba on Apr 28, 2014 Reply

      Yes Lilia, please do! It’s really amazing if I may say so myself :)

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  • Enrico on Apr 27, 2014 Reply

    I loved this lemon cake! It’s also very quick to bake.

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