Lemon poppy seed cake bites, little cakes baked in mini muffin tins with a big taste of lemon.

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake Bites

I can tell that the holidays are here. My clothes are already starting to feel tighter. UGH!! So these lemon poppy seed cake bites may be part of a solution; well at least enjoying sweets, but not overeating. That is if you can persuade yourself to eat just one, that may be a problem. But seriously I love desserts that come in little servings.

The whole thing started at my granddaughter’s birthday party. Someone had brought some lemon cake bites to her party and they were delicious. They were not homemade, but I was sure that I could make some that would taste as good as the ones at the party.

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake Bites

The lemon poppy seed cake bites are a basic cake, but they are baked in mini muffin tins. Yes, they take a little bit longer to make than a larger cake, but they are totally fun. Then the whole mini cake is dipped in a lemon icing for more lemon flavor. So when you take a bite of these lemon poppy seed cake bites you get a burst of tart lemon flavor then the sweet taste of the lemon cake, so yummy!

And seriously I love these mini desserts. I do love my dessert, but with the lemon poppy seed cake bites I can have my cake, but not all of the calories of a slice of cake.

Do you make mini desserts? If not you need to try these lemon poppy seed cake bites.

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake Bites

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Lemon Poppy Seed Cake Bites

  • 1½ cup flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup soft butter
  • Zest from one lemon
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • Icing-
  • 4¼ cups powdered sugar
  • 7 to 9 tablespoons lemon juice

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour mini muffin tins
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl beat the sugar, butter, and lemon zest with an electric mixer.
  4. Add the eggs beating after adding each one.
  5. Combine the milk and the lemon juice.
  6. Alternate the flour and the milk lemon mixture. Starting with the flour and ending with the flour.
  7. Fill the mini muffin tins about ⅔ full. Place the tins in the preheated oven and bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until the cakes bounce back after touching them lightly.
  8. Remove from oven and remove from tins.
  9. Set each cake bite on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  10. Prepare the icing-
  11. In a shallow bowl add the powdered sugar gradually add the lemon juice (by tablespoons) until you have a thin icing.
  12. Using a fork place each cake bite in the icing, turning until the whole bite is covered with the icing.
  13. Let the excess icing drip off, before setting the cake bite on a cooling rack to dry completely
  14. These cake bites freeze very nicely.



Lemon Poppy Seed Cake Bites

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