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Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

The days that I have extra time for baking are few and far between. That's why this extra-quick bread is perfect. You and your family will love the ease of preparation and the delicious flavor.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant lemon pudding mix
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 4 teaspoons poppy seeds


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, water, eggs and oil; beat on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium 2 minutes. Fold in poppy seeds.
  • Pour into two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 112 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 159mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • xxcskier
    Jun 19, 2020

    We really enjoyed this bread and will be making it again! I did make a couple of small changes as I wanted a little more lemon flavor so I added 1/2 cup of the water and a 1/2 cup of lemon juice. (In place of the 1 cup water) I also added a glaze with powdered sugar and lemon juice.

  • Staci
    Mar 13, 2017

    My loaves aren't very high. Anyone else have this problem? They didn't bake any taller than when the batter was poured into pan.

  • Robby1
    Aug 29, 2015

    This bread is very moist and easy to make. Next time I will add a bit of lemon extract as well. I also drizzled them with a powdered sugar glaze which was perfect!

  • AmyE007
    Aug 8, 2015

    Yes, this was easy and moist. We thought it lacked a bit of lemon flavor. Next time we will add 1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract.We also made a banana bread and strawberry bread and my family all thought the lemon bread was the driest.Not sure yet if we have found the BEST lemon poppy seed bread recipe yet.

  • salimom
    May 12, 2015

    wonderful and moist, so easy to co workers loved it

  • CThebeau
    Nov 20, 2014

    I absolutely loved this bread! I added a little powdered sugar icing to it ... yum! Thanks! This is a keeper!

  • jdm46
    Jul 4, 2014

    I made this today and was disappointed. I used lemon cake mix, and substituted 1/4 c. lemon juice for part of the water, and it tasted o.k, but the loaves don't rise very high, like a quick bread should. I'm still looking for a good recipe. So far, Pillsbury's mix is the best I've found. Disappointing!

  • mmkreider
    Mar 26, 2014

    I baked this recipe in pint jars and sealed them. I used them as gifts for my daughter's bridal shower. I will use this recipe again. It's delicious!

  • Sheri the Cookie Queen
    Dec 21, 2013

    I also use lemon cake mix.

  • Gramma Amy
    Dec 18, 2013

    If you are used to "made from scratch" breads... this one is disappointing. It is OK... but the cake mix flavor and texture is definitely there. won't bake again.