Gluten-free lemon and poppy seed cake recipe

(10 ratings)

  • healthy
Preparation Time25 mins
Cooking Time50 mins plus cooling
Total Time1 hours 15 mins
Cost RangeMid
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories366 Kcal18%
Fat19.5 g28%
Saturated Fat12 g60%
Carbohydrates46 g18%

This gluten free lemon and poppy seed cake is moist and zesty – the curd adds extra indulgence.

Lemon drizzle cake is one of the world's most favourite cakes. Just because you’re gluten-free it doesn’t mean you have to miss out. We’ve used gluten-free flour as well as polenta and ground almonds. This helps to give the cake a little more texture and depth. The lemon drizzle helps the cake stay moist and the lemon curd topping makes it extra zesty.

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  • 250g butter
  • 250g caster sugar, plus 45g for the drizzle
  • 200g gluten-free self-raising flour
  • 100g polenta
  • 45g ground almonds
  • 1⁄2tsp baking powder
  • 2tbsp poppy seeds
  • 3 eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 75g lemon curd

You will need:

  • 1 litre loaf tin, greased and lined




  1. Heat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, polenta, almonds, baking powder and poppy seeds together. Add a third of the flour mixture into the creamed butter and sugar, and mix until combined.
  2. Beat one of the eggs and the vanilla extract into the butter mixture and follow with another third of the flour mixture. Continue this process until the eggs and flour mixture have been used up. Mix until combined. Put the lemon zest and half the juice in with the cake mixture and fold in gently. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for 45-50 mins or until a knife comes out with a few crumbs.
  3. Mix the remaining lemon juice with the 45g caster sugar and pour over the cake in the tin. Leave in the tin to cool completely. Remove from the tin, place on a serving plate and spread over the lemon curd. Serve.
Top Tip for making Gluten-free lemon and poppy seed cake

Try using clementines instead of lemon at Christmas time

Samuel Goldsmith
Freelance food writer

Former Assistant Headteacher, Samuel has a BSc in Food from the University of Birmingham and is also Co-Vice Chair of the Guild of Food Writers and a Trustee of 91 Ways CIC. His work has featured in national and international publications including Waitrose Food, Australian Delicious, and the LAD Bible Group. Samuel has also consulted on a number of best-selling food and drink books, and was a nutritional consultant for BBC’s Eat Well for Less.