lemon poppy seed muffin with a bite out of it and a couple of muffins in the background


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 muffins
Author Sandra McCollum
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Easy to make and insanely delicious, these Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins are just perfect for summer. Sweet & tart, serve for breakfast or as a dessert.


  • 1 lemon cake mix
  • 1 instant lemon pudding mix small
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup luke warm water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • lemon zest optional garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix together all ingredients until well combined. Scoop batter into muffin tin filled with muffin/cupcake liners.
  • Scoop batter until 2/3 to 3/4 full.
  • Place in oven and bake for 16-22 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the center to check if it is done.
  • Remove from oven and place on cooling rack until completely cool. Prepare glaze.
  • In a small bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer or hand beater. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar until smooth and creamy. Stir in lemon juice and lemon zest (if using).
  • Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of milk to get your desired consistency. I used 1/2 teaspoon.
  • Once the glaze is done and donuts are cool, dip the tops of the muffins into the glaze and turn over, back onto the cooling rack.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 176, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 32mg, Sodium: 196mg, Potassium: 30mg, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 100IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 67mg, Iron: 0.7mg