This lemon poppy seed muffin mug cake recipe was inspired by Adam’s Baba. She makes an amazing lemon poppy seed loaf that has become one of her most iconic dishes to our family. It’s the best lemon cake I’ve ever tried! Unfortunately it’s not vegan and so I’ve been working hard to bring her flavours and texture to this healthy lemon poppy seed muffin recipe!
One of the best things about my lemon poppy seed mug cake is that there is no milk! This means that allergy sufferers who need a dairy free lemon muffin can enjoy this lemon cake without worrying about their health!
I tested out quite a few versions of this vegan mug cake recipe in order to get the right balance between the tart of the lemon, the sweet of the sugar and the crunch of the poppy seed. This, my friends has been worth the effort because I can tell you that this is the BEST VEGAN lemon cake recipe I could create.
This lemon poppy seed recipe came out just perfect! It’s moist, light and delicate. I love how the lemon keeps its zing while the sugar makes this a delicious and satisfying lemon dessert.
I tried really hard to bring the authentic look of a yellow mug cake here. Do you want to know my secret? It’s turmeric! Yes, the Indian spice we know and love from all those beautiful and delicious curry recipes! I promise this tastes nothing like curry! We are only using 1/8th of a teaspoon for this entire mug cake recipe, and it does an absolutely beautiful job of bringing that lemon yellow colour to our cake! Plus the health benefits are an added bonus! Yay! (almost) guilt free dessert!
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One of my most favourite things about Baba’s lemon poppy seed cake, was being able to spread it with butter and jam. I’ve answered that in my mini lemon poppy seed muffin by adding in red raspberries to the batter. They melt beautifully while baking to make an extra special tart treat-right in the center of the mug cake!
I went ahead and added in some lemon zest to compliment the lemon juice in the cake mix. It adds extra flavour and a beautiful yellow focal point to the finished cake.
Why Make My Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Mug Cake?
If I haven’t already convinced you with the above text then let me break it down. This lemon mug cake is:
Fast to whip up-just like all the other mug cakes I bring you, this one is ready in under 3 minutes!!
Similar to my Chocolate Espresso Mug cake, this one is so rich in flavour and moist in texture that you would think you spent an hour in the kitchen-not 5 minutes!
Uses most of the ingredients you already have. You may need to grab poppy seeds and a fresh lemon, but most of us have the rest waiting in the pantry!
Tastes EXACTLY like a lemon poppy seed muffin or a lemon poppy seed loaf, complete with the raspberry jam baked in!
Allergy friendly! This recipe will make a delicious dairy free lemon muffin for one-plus it’s egg free which is an added bonus!
How to Make My Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Mug Cake:
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How to Make My Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Mug Cake:
Mix together your dry ingredients and lemon zest in a small bowl or mug.
Add in your canola oil, apple sauce, plant milk, and lemon juice. Stir to combine.
Sprinkle the top of your lemon poppy seed cake with frozen red raspberries.
Microwave on high for 90 seconds. Allow to sit for 2 minutes before serving.
Garnish with a sprinkle of granulated sugar, more frozen berries and lemon zest!
So, if you are looking for a quick way to fix that lemon craving that’s been bugging you I hope you will come back to this recipe! It’s definitely worth it!!
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Megan Kerry is a Vegan Lifestyle Educator and Licensed Practical Nurse. Her content focuses on vegan recipes and ethical living. She is a mom of four children, a long time vegan, and an even longer time foodie. She loves veganizing any and all dishes and sharing her recipes and lifestyle tips with all of you!