Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread Recipe

This simple cake mix and instant pudding Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread is soft, sweet and so delicious! Great for breakfast, snack, dessert or the lunch box! Try different cake mix flavors and pudding for a new flavor every time.

loaf in slices on a white platter.

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Whole loaf on a platter.

I've always loved the lemon poppyseed combo. My favorite muffin from a local grocery store was always lemon poppyseed with a lemon glaze in the middle. I haven't had one for years, but this bread definitely remind me of them.

Baking doesn't get much easier than this 6 ingredient recipe. Cake mix and instant pudding are the shortcut ingredients that makes this semi homemade bread so special.

It's soft, super flavorful and always a favorite at our house. We've also tried chocolate cake and pudding and also pistachio pudding and white cake mix. We skipped the poppy seeds in those and they turned out just as wonderful as this version.

This makes a great gift for a friend or family member who's under the weather or just to show them how much you appreciate them! 

If you're looking for another lemony sweet treat, give these amazing lemon madeleines a try! Madeleines are a favorite of mine, and so worth the investment of a madeleine pan. Check your local thrift store. That's where I found mine.

Keep scrolling for tips, additional sweet quick bread recipes and more! 

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What are the ingredients in this recipe?

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for measurements and instructions!

Recipe tips:

  • We love to slice and wrap individually for an easy grab and go snack.

two slices of bread on a white plate.

More sweet quick bread recipes you might like:

You can add or substitute with these ingredients:

  • Any flavor cake mix
  • Any flavor instant pudding
  • Skip poppy seeds if you prefer
  • Add 1/2 cup chopped nuts to the batter
  • Drizzle the top of the loaf with a simple glaze   
  • Add 1/2 cup baking chips to the batter

Our favorite kitchen supplies used in this recipe:


stack of slices of bread.

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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!


sliced loaf with text on photo.

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Stack of slices of bread with lemon slices garnish.

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