Almond Poppy Seed Tea Cakes Recipe

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Carla Jordan Modified: March 25, 2022
Almond Poppy Seed Tea Cakes Recipe

How To Make Almond Poppy Seed Tea Cakes

Light and fluffy tea cakes bursts with a sweet combo of almond, tangy lemon, and poppy seeds, for decadent and lightly healthy sweet treats!

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Cool Time: 10 minutes
Total: 40 minutes



  • 2tbspunsalted butter,melted
  • 1tbspgranulated sugar

For Cakes:

  • 1cupall purpose flour,spoon and leveled
  • 1tbsppoppy seeds
  • ¼tspsalt
  • ½tspbaking powder
  • ¼tspbaking soda
  • 6tbspunsalted butter,softened to room temperature
  • ½cupgranulated sugar
  • 2large eggs,room temperature
  • ¼cupsour cream,or plain yogurt, room temperature
  • 1tsppure vanilla extract
  • ¾tspalmond extract

For Almond Icing:

  • 1cupconfectioner’s sugar
  • 2tbsplemon juice,or milk
  • ¼tspalmond extract
  • almonds,sliced, for garnish, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk the melted butter and 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar together.

  2. Using a pastry brush, brush it into each cup of a 12-count muffin pan.


  1. Whisk the flour, poppy seeds, salt, baking powder, and baking soda together. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl using a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the butter and granulated sugar together on high speed for about 2 minutes until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.

  3. Add the eggs, sour cream, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Beat on medium-high speed until combined. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl as needed.

  4. With the mixer on low speed, mix in the dry ingredients until combined. Do not overmix.

  5. Spoon the batter evenly into each prepared cup to about halfway full.

  6. Bake for 14 to 15 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  7. Remove cakes from the oven and immediately invert the pan to release the cakes. Let the cakes cool, bottom side up, for at least 10 minutes.


  1. Whisk the confectioners’ sugar, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or milk, and almond extract together until smooth. Add another tablespoon of lemon juice or milk to thin out, if needed.

  2. Drizzle over cakes, garnish with sliced almonds, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Cover and store leftover tea cakes at room temperature for 1 to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


  • Calories: 208.66kcal
  • Fat: 9.83g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.73g
  • Trans Fat: 0.31g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2.59g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.74g
  • Carbohydrates: 28.02g
  • Fiber: 0.43g
  • Sugar: 19.51g
  • Protein: 2.44g
  • Cholesterol: 53.85mg
  • Sodium: 105.70mg
  • Calcium: 38.88mg
  • Potassium: 41.01mg
  • Iron: 0.75mg
  • Vitamin A: 86.52µg
  • Vitamin C: 1.03mg
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