Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf for a Birthday

Posted on: March 23, 2014

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf | Jessica's Dinner Party

It was my sister’s 30th birthday a few weeks ago and per tradition I baked something for her. Ideally, I would’ve liked to make a rich, creamy cheesecake or something more unconventional with hints of lemongrass and tropical fruit, but delicacies of that sort don’t fair too well during transpacific journeys. You see, my sister lives in New York and me Seoul. It’s been years since we’ve lived in the same city, but we’ve managed to stay close and be involved in each other’s lives (including this site!).  We’re actually closer today than when we were living under the same roof, haha. It’s a bit disappointing to be so far on away, especially on such a milestone of a birthday like 30, but I know my brother-in-law did something very special for her (the after maths of it which I am subject to ie. lots of YouTube videos of Phantom of the Opera…good thing I like musicals too!).

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf | Jessica's Dinner Party

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf | Jessica's Dinner Party

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf | Jessica's Dinner Party

Although loaf cakes may seem mundane and not birthday material, they’re actually one of my favorite things to bake and eat.  Simple but very versatile, they are my guilt free go to breakfast, snack, and dessert.  The version I made here combines some of my favorite ingredients lemon, chia seeds, coconut oil, and yogurt…and of course there are poppy seeds which give this loaf its distinct character.  I thought it was really fitting for my sister because she likes bright and warm flavors.

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf | Jessica's Dinner Party

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf | Jessica's Dinner Party

Nothing beats spending time with loved ones on your birthday, but there’s also something wonderful about receiving homemade packages…especially if it’s for your birthday.

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf | Jessica's Dinner Party

For those of you wondering, I sent my package express, arriving four days after it was mailed.

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf

Adapted from here

Makes 1 loaf

160 g flour
12 g baking powder
4 g baking soda
2 g salt
170 g coconut oil
85 g sugar
2 eggs
1 yolk
170 g yogurt
30 g poppy seeds
25 g chia seeds
Zest of 2 lemons
Vanilla to taste

1 1/2 lemons juiced (about 70 ml)
60 g sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F or 175 degrees C.

Butter and flour a loaf pan.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Cream the coconut oil and sugar together until fluffy.  Slowly add the eggs one at a time. Add the lemon zest, poppy seeds, chia seeds, and vanilla.  Beat in half the flour, then add the yogurt.  Last, add the rest of the flour and mix until just combined.  Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

While the loaf is baking make the lemon syrup.  Heat the lemon juice and sugar together until it comes to a simmer. As soon as the loaf is taken out of the oven, spoon the syrup on top.  Leave the loaf in the pan for several hours, or overnight.

Other recipes with Coconut Oil, Chia Seeds, and/or Lemons:
Chia Seed Waffles
Lemon Berry Tart a la Coconut Oil
Simple Stove Top Granola


  • Michelle


    What about the granola? I ate all of it, except for one which was reserved for Andrew. haha

  • Cat

    Yum one of my favs!!! Happy Birthday Michelle unni!!

  • Angie (@angiesrecipess)

    The loaf looks fantastic!

  • Jessica

    Michelle- Haha poor Andrew!

  • Jessica

    Cat- haha we have so many faves!

  • Jessica

    Angie- Thanks!! It tasted fantastic too!

  • hungry dog

    Looks lovely. Happy belated to your sister!

  • Rebekah

    These were lovely! I made them in silicone muffin tins and baked 18-20 minutes. The baking powder created a really light batter, almost like meringue, which made it puff up farther than I anticipated and spread over the edges of the molds. Still delicious. I used greek yogurt (because I had it on hand) and just added 3 T lemon juice to thin it out. My husband doesn’t like sweets much, so I didn’t use the lemon glaze, but I will next time because I wanted it to be sweeter. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Jessica

    Rebekah- So glad you tried out the recipe and liked it!

  • Fran @ G'day Souffle'

    Yum, looks great, and I can just imagine myself adding a touch of cream cheese icing to go on top! With your parents still in San Diego (??) and your sister in New York, your family is certainly spread out! I have a question for you, Jessica. In two months, I’m going to LCB to do the superior cuisine course. Do you recommend taking some cookbooks along for recipe ideas, or do they give you enough ideas to springboard from?

  • Jessica

    Fran- Hi!! Sorry for the late reply! I think having some cookbooks isn’t a bad idea. I referenced a few different restaurants and chefs for inspiration and plating ideas, but technique wise I think the chefs at school give you all the tools needed.

  • Cindy

    Is there any way you can convert this to Cups/teas/Tble??? Please… it looks so good… Thanks

  • Jessica

    Cindy- Thanks so much! Unfortunately I don’t have the cups/spoons conversion, but there are some great sites out there that can help you do the calculations! Here is one that I refer to often: http://cafefernando.com/conversion-tables/

  • Vanja

    I was looking for recipes that include chia seeds and stumbled upon your page; I think this loaf looks amazing and I plan to make it in a weeks time for my friend’s birthday! :)
    I’m kinda used to baking different breads and over the years I’ve ended up with loads of loaf pans in different sizes, so I was wondering what size of loaf pan you use for this recipe?? Thanks! :)

  • Zoe

    Hi ! Thanks for the recipe !
    Silly question: is the point of leaving the cake in the pan for a few hours / overnight that it will cool thoroughly ? (can i put it in the fridge to cool it?? :)

  • Amanda

    Wanted to print this recipe, but my printer printed all the pages, with photos of the cake, and then in very small print, finally the recipe. A waste of ink and paper and too small to read! I cannot get coconut oil easily here in Portugal it is very expensive too, so will have to use butter instead.

  • Mary

    Would it be possible to get this converted to English measurements. I have no idea how much a gram is compared to one cup.

  • Jessica

    Mary- Thanks for visiting the blog!! Here are some good sites that you can refer to for conversions: http://chocolateandzucchini.com/conversions/ OR http://cafefernando.com/conversion-tables/ . Hope that helps!

  • Leontine

    I am going to try and it is this cake than I love

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