Lemon Poppyseed Baked Donuts

These lemon poppyseed baked donuts are soft, moist and bursting with fresh lemon flavor while popping with crunchy poppyseeds in both the tender donuts and the sweet lemon glaze.

Baby shower invite

Surprise! Today we are inviting you ALL to a virtual baby shower honoring Kelly from Life Made Sweeter and Hilary from My Own Blog Review. Kelly just had her sweet baby girl Evelyn and Hilary’s baby boy is due in two weeks!!! Congratulations Kelly and Hilary!

To celebrate both ladies, we are sharing 12 recipes and crafts that are ready to “pop“. Make sure to “pop” over and check out everyone’s posts.

Lemon Poppyseed Baked Donuts

I brought these lemon poppyseed baked donuts to the party. When I heard the theme of “pop” my mind went straight to poppyseeds and considering I am still baking my way into Spring, lemons were perfect for the occasion. Nothing screams Spring like lemon poppyseed!

Oh I should mention I finally invested in a donut pan. And I am in big trouble. Guys, I am ADDICTED!! Like whoa!! Baked donuts are amazing. Soft, moist, delicious and perfect with your morning cup of coffee or tea. I made a second batch already this weekend.

Lemon Poppyseed Baked Donuts

These lemon poppyseed baked donuts were the first donuts I made as soon as I got my pan and they are everything I expected baked donuts to be. Moist, fluffy and a little crunchy from the poppyseeds. How do they compare to fried donuts? Well for one, they are baked and much better for you. But also, they are really moist and have a great tender texture. But of course fried donuts will always have a little edge because they are fried but since these are pretty delicious and better for the soul, I will stick with them.

I know Kelly and Hilary will both love a quick breakfast now that things a little bit busier. These took me only 15 minutes to whip up and they baked in 10 minutes.

Lemon Poppyseed Baked Donuts


Lemon Poppyseed Baked Donuts
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These lemon poppyseed baked donuts are soft, moist and bursting with fresh lemon flavor while popping with crunchy poppyseeds in both the tender donuts and the sweet lemon glaze.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Yield: 6 donuts
For the Donuts
  • 1 cup cake flour, sifted
  • ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon poppyseed
  • ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla bean paste or seeds from ½ a vanilla bean
For the glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • Poppyseed, for topping (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a doughnut pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together cake flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a measuring cup, whisk together wet ingredients; buttermilk, melted butter, egg, lemon juice and vanilla bean paste.
  2. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not overmix as you will have rubbery donuts. Using a small spoon, scoop batter into prepared donut pan, filling each about ⅔ full.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the donuts are baked through and spring back when lightly touched. Let cool in pan for 1 minute and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. While cooling, make the glaze.
  4. To make glaze, combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk together. Add some more milk (one teaspoon at a time) if glaze is too thick.
  5. When donuts are completely cooled, dip each in glaze and top with sprinkles. Let glaze set for 30 minutes before stacking or serving. Donuts are best enjoyed within two days.
Adapted from Girl Versus Dough


Enjoy these 12 recipes that are ready to “POP”!!

baby shower Collage

  1. Key Lime Pie Popsicles – Spoonful of Flavor
  2. Cheddar Bacon Crescent Poppers – A Little Claireification
  3. Sweet Indulgence Popcorn mix – It Bakes Me Happy
  4. “Pop”ular Tiramisu Blondies – Frugal Foodie Mama
  5. Lollipop Centerpiece – The Mandatory Mooch
  6. Buttered Popcorn Creme Brulee – Baking a Moment
  7. Orange Poppy Seed Scones – Cookie Monster Cooking
  8. Lemon Poppyseed Baked Donuts – Blahnik Baker
  9. Candy Popcorn Pops – Little Miss Celebration
  10. Lemon Drizzle Iced Poppyseed Cakes – What Jessica Baked Next
  11. Lemon Cheesecake Pops – What’s Cooking Love?

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  1. says

    Donuts are the perfect way to start the week! I’m a huge fan of baked donuts and am so glad you made the investment in a donut pan. Can’t wait to try these! Thanks for much for helping me plan the surprise, Zainab! And for coming up the idea in the first place 🙂

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      Chloe yes you do!! I said that for a long time and once I finally did, I was surprised how much I was missing out!!

  2. says

    Zainab, these sound wonderful!! Thanks so much to you and Ashley for hosting the shower and for inviting me to participate, so much fun! Will be pinning all of these great treats and have a happy Monday!

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      Thank you very much Cindy!! And thanks for being a part of this special shower for Kelly and Hilary!! Hope you are having a great start to the week.

  3. says

    Congrats to Kelly and Hilary! I love baked donuts, and I just whipped some up this weekend as well. I love the lemon poppyseed combination — so fresh and bright, and that glaze looks fabulous!

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      Thank you Marcie!! I am now a convert to the baked donut world. They are so easy to make and the flavor options seem endless at this point. I can’t wait to try your coconut and blueberry version!!

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      I just declared my full fledged love for my donut pan. We are not lovers and I am not ashamed to say!! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  4. says

    Ditto Kelly; congrats to the two new moms! That is so sweet! Oh girl, I have got a major thing for lemon poppyseed and putting it in donut form is GENIUS. I need a donut pan so badly, it is official. Pinning these for when that pan finally arrives!

  5. says

    This baby shower is seriously the cutest idea. And I love your “pop”pyseeds!! Your donuts look perfect!! I am so happy you have a donut pan now – they are so easy to make and so much fun to eat! And to photograph! Yay for donuts!

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      Thanks Cate! You pretty much convinced me I had to have it and I’m so glad I did. Now I’m hooked. Just made those brown butter and chocolate ones you have on your blog. Delicious.

  6. says

    Aren’t baked donuts the best??? I love how easy and quick they are. Your lemon poppyseed version looks delish and perfect with a cup of tea, which I know you are all about 😉 That dripping glaze is so tempting, Zainab! Pinned!

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      Allie they are seriously the best!!! So quick and delicious. And yes, they have been perfect with my morning coffee!!

  7. says

    I think it’s just so cute when bloggers do virtual baby showers! These donuts look amazing, Zainab! I love the poppyseed + lemon flavor combo that you went with. I’m looking forward to more donut recipes from you! 🙂

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      Beth it really is. I was very excited to be a part of this!! I already have a brown butter and chocolate donut ready to share 🙂

  8. says

    How sweet to have a virtual baby shower with recipes! What a kind hearted idea! These lemon donuts, well sound near perfect. Lemon and poppyseed make a great muffin, so I can only imagine it in a donut form. I should invest in a donut pan! Thanks for sharing Zainab!

  9. says

    You are such a good friends and these new moms must be so touched by all of these wonderful recipes! I love this idea. I’ve never seen a lemon poppyseed doughnut before, but I do love lemon poppyseed muffins, so I’m sure I’d enjoy this even more!

  10. says

    Aaaaaw, this is such a wonderful and sweet surprise Zainab! Thank you so so much to you and the other sweet and fabulous ladies for throwing this virtual shower for Hilary and I. All the treats look sensational and I can’t wait to “pop” over and check them all out 🙂
    I am so glad you got a donut pan and love it – baked donuts are so addictive 😉 I know I would have to make a double batch of these lemon poppyseed donuts too – they look sensational and that glaze is mesmerizing! Pinning – I love anything with lemon and these are perfect for spring and this shower. Wish we could enjoy a big batch of these with all of you amazing ladies 🙂
    Congratulations to Hilary and can’t wait for the arrival of her sweet baby boy too. Thank you so much for being so sweet, generous and thoughtful and for taking the time to organize this shower Z – you are amazing my sweet dear friend! ♥♥*big big hugs*♥♥

  11. says

    I also need to get a pan for doughnuts.. I love doughnuts but deep fried are oh so bad..so I just don’t have them at all.. I would love to try such lovely lemony doughnuts with poppy seed 🙂

  12. says

    Okay, this theme is just TOO ADORABLE. I can’t get enough of it. I also can’t get enough of lemon poppyseed anything, but that’s a whole other story. These look great!!

  13. says

    Oooh la la! I have been craving a donut for the longest time. I still haven’t made it over to Michaels for a donut pan yet though. Oh but these look so pretty and sound delicious. What a wonderful way to celebrate! 😀 Congrats to the Hilary & Kelly! 🙂


  14. says

    Wonderful celebratory doughnuts! Lemon pairs so well with crunchy poppy seeds. The lemon glaze adds an extra citrus zing…my favorite. 🙂

  15. says

    Whoa Zainab, these donuts are serious business. They’re absolutely gorgeous! The insides look perfectly fluffy and that thick layer of glaze over top is making me drool. A huge congrats to Kelly and Hilary. I LOVE the pop baby shower theme and the poppy seeds were definitely the right call. Lemon and poppy seeds is one of my all time favourite baking combos.

  16. says

    Thanks for organizing the shower!! These donuts look soooo good – I love the citrus / poppy seed combo! I’ve yet to invest in a donut pan … I usually just make mini ones in my mini muffin tin but I’m finding it harder and harder to hold out!

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