Baked Lemon Poppy Donuts

These tender baked lemon poppy donuts are absolutely bursting with fresh lemon flavor!


I’ve been participating in the Secret Recipe Club, an event where bloggers are matched up and cook a recipe from their partner’s blog, off and on for a few years now.  It’s always fun to discover new blogs and try out other people’s recipes, but after a lot of thinking I decided that it’s time for me to part ways with the group. My own list of recipe ideas is getting longer and longer and, as it is, I don’t have time to share them all. While the SRC is fun, I need to focus on events like Sunday Supper and Recipe ReDux where I can focus on my own recipe creations.

This month, I was paired up with Lindsay from Life And Kitchen. I don’t think I had ever stumbled across Lindsay’s blog before, but I love it! She has some really great recipes and her photos are so light and fun – I had a really hard time deciding what I wanted to make. I almost  went for her bean and cheese taquitos (you all know I love a good taquito – see here, here, and here), but when I realized that reveal day would fall on my birthday, I decided to make something a little more celebratory.

I browsed her desserts section looking for a good cake or cupcake recipe, but these baked lemon poppyseed donuts kept calling to me.  They seemed so perfect for Spring, plus I could call them breakfast and still have cake later in the day. Yay!

If I blow out candles twice, I get two wishes, right?

Baked Lemon Poppy Donuts // @HealthyDelish

I’m a big fan of anything with lemon, and these definitely delivered – between the lemon zest in the batter and the lemon juice in the glaze, they packed quite a punch! The inside was light and fluffy (a little more like a muffin than a donut) and they glazes hardens up to give them that little bit of crispness that can otherwise be missing when you bake donuts instead of frying them.

My only regret is not making more. (I didn’t realize until it was too late that Lindsay made mini donuts, and I don’t have a mini donut pan so mine were full size. She made tons, but I only had enough batter to make 6.)

Baked Lemon Poppy Donuts // @HealthyDelish

Baked Lemon Poppy Donuts
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Serves: 6
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon reduced fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1½ cup Gold Medal® all purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 tablespoon poppy
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Lightly coat a donut pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and sour cream. Set aside. In another small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, lemon zest, and poppy seeds. Beat for 30 seconds, or until combined.
  4. Add half of the flour mixture and half of the milk mixture. Stir gently to combine. Add the remaining flour and milk; stir until just combined.
  5. Transfer the batter into a pastry bag fitted with a large tip (I used a batter dispenser, which was perfect!). Fill each indention in the donut pan about ½ full. Bake until the donuts are slightly browned and spring back when touched, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely on a rack. Gently remove from the pan.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and powdered sugar until smooth. Dip the top of each donut into the glaze and dry on a baking rack.

Be sure to visit all of the other recipes Secret Recipe Club members shared this month!


  1. Happy birthday! I’m glad you liked these donuts – I could eat a whole batch!

  2. Hello there! Just a quick hi to say I got your blog and had a TON OF FUN stalking it… wonderful site, I am very fond of the way you lighten up classic recipes to make them healthier – my kind of cooking, all the way!

    you made a great recipe for your participation this month, I am beyond impressed!

    Have a wonderful Reveal Day!

  3. They look amazing!
    btw, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! xoxoxo

  4. Happy birtday to YOU, and why don’t I have a donut pan?

  5. These look awesome! Great finale for SRC… we will miss you!

  6. Beautiful doughnuts! Happy Birthday!

  7. Happy birthday! What a perfect donut recipe. Sorry to see you go, but best of luck in your other blog events! Great pick this month :)

  8. Great SRC pick this month. These are delicious!! So sorry to see you go, good luck in your future endeavors.

  9. I adore anything lemon and anything doughnut – these sound perfect! (I now want a mini-doughnut tin too ;))

  10. I love the lemon/poppy seed combination. These look yummy! Happy Birthday!

  11. I defintiely prefer the blog events that allow you to be more creative, so totally get it! And these donuts look fabulous. I am such a lemon poppyseed lover and could go for one of these right now!

    Happy birthday!

  12. I have just bought poppy seeds and these look like the most delicious way to use them! Pinning now.

  13. Awesome! I love lemon poppy seed and now I have another reason to try out my donut pan~

  14. I love finding new blogs through SRC. These donuts look divine and a perfect flavor for Spring. Great pick!

  15. Happy Birthday! These look wonderful! I am not really a huge lemon fan either, so that makes me tempted that you say they were THAT good!!! I am looking for more healthy treats to add into my food intake right now as it is time to knuckle down on my nutrition for my racing season that starts this week! Thanks for the recipe! Now I just need a donut pan!

  16. I am definitely going to have to give these a try – I know they’d go over very well at my house!! Happy birthday to you! :)

  17. Those are some crazy good looking donuts! I love lemon and poppy seeds!! Hope you had a wonderful birthday :-)

  18. Happy birthday! What a cute candle and what delicious looking donuts!

  19. Yummy!

  20. I love anything lemon too, and I also absolutely love donuts. I’ve never tried baking them though, but all of a sudden I want to rush out and buy a donut pan!

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