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citrus poppyseed muffins

Citrus Poppyseed Muffins

  • Author: joshisbaking
  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Rest Time: 30 Min. (optional)
  • Cook Time: 20-25 Minutes
  • Total Time: ~1 Hr. 20 Min.
  • Yield: 14-16 Muffins 1x


These fluffy citrus poppyseed muffins are brimful of lemon and orange zest, with poppyseeds aplenty. A bright and happy bite at every turn!


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Citrus Poppyseed Muffins

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (310g)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (6g), from 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest (14g), from 1-2 navel oranges
  • 3 large eggs (152g), room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (100g, 125 ml)
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream (198g, 200ml)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (282g)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (3g)
  • 1 tablespoon poppyseeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and position your oven rack in the middle. Prep a 12 cup muffin pan with cupcake liners (if you have a second, prep about 3-5 cups in that one as well). Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add your granulated sugar, lemon zest, and orange zest. Using your fingers, massage/rub the zests and sugar together for about a minute, until the mixture turns a yellow orange. Then add in your 3 eggs, whisking vigorously until fully combined.
  3. Next, add in your vegetable oil & heavy whipping cream and whisk until fully incorporated. Sift in your all-purpose flour, sprinkle in your baking powder, and fold the mixture together with a spatula until just combined and no streaks of flour remain. Then fold in your poppyseeds (see notes for optional rest).
  4. Scoop out ~1/3 or 1/4 cup scoops of your cupcake batter into each well (just above 3/4 full). It’ll feel like too much, but trust me. Bake at 400°F (200°C) for 5 minutes, turn the oven down to 375°F (190°C), keeping the cupcakes in the oven, and bake for an additional 16-20 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  5. Let cool in the pans for about 10-15 minutes before moving to a separate rack to cool completely and continue baking your next little batch with the rest of your batter (make sure to get the oven back up to 400°F before putting the next batch in).

These are best enjoyed the first day (for maximum fluffiness), but will keep for up to 3 or so days stored at room temperature in an airtight container.


  • Optional Rest: let your dough rest in the bowl at room temperature for about 30 minutes—this will let it thicken up, be easier to scoop, and even help get more of a rise.
  • That initial burst of heat will help your muffins get more of a rise and hopefully dome-shaped tops.
  • Let your dough rest in the bowl at room temperature for about 30 minutes—this will let it thicken up, be easier to scoop, and even help get more of a rise.
  • Really whisk up your eggs in that sugar mixture for lighter/fluffier muffins. Beaten eggs are a natural leavening agent with a lot of air being whipped up and incorporated into your mixture.
  • Fill those muffin cups! Go past that 3/4 line, trust me.