Easy Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Total Time
Prep 12 mins
Cook 20 mins

The ricotta cheese in the mix makes these muffins especially moist.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350*.
  2. Prepare muffin tins: grease or paper line one 12-cup and one 6-cup tin.
  3. Combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, ricotta, oil, poppy seeds and lemon zest in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Beat on medium speed with electric mixer for 2 minutes.
  5. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until tops spring back when touched lightly.
  7. Sprinkle tops with sugar, if desired.
  8. Note: For a variation, you may omit the poppy seeds, and substitute with 1 cup chopped almonds. You may also use an equal amount of yogurt as a substitute for the ricotta cheese.


Most Helpful

I really loved these! The key is the ricotta. I'm sure yogurt would provide a similar product, but I used ricotta and thought they were awesome. The lemon flavor is actually fairly mild. I actually even put some lemon extract in and the lemon flavor was still mild, which I liked. I didn't add the poppy seeds just because I didn't have any and didn't want to make a trip to the store to get them. I didn't figure they'd add all that much to the final product. I also didn't add the sugar on top prior to baking either so even without those two ingredients, I still thought these were awesome. They were moist and dense. As another reviewer said, they did remind me of Otis Spunkmeyer muffins. I will definitely be making again. <br/><br/>While mixing, I did find the dough to be rather sticky and I wouldn't recommend mixing by hand. This dough definitely requires a hand-mixer at the very least. It's very thick and using an ice cream scoop made filling the muffin tin very easy...I made mini muffins. I'd been looking for a good lemon muffin recipe and this is definitely it!

Micki S. May 27, 2014

Oh my these are good. DD#2 took these on her camping trip and they were gobbled up. I added a bit more lemon zest to really add the lemon flavor to them. So good. I think the ricotta in these really makes them moist and flavorful. Thank you for this wonderful muffin recipe, that I will keep in my repeat recipe file.

mommyoffour June 30, 2013

Absolutely wonderful even though I omitted the sugar on top, I felt they would be sweet enough. My entire family loved these, I personally think that these are right up there with the Otis Spunkmeyer muffins. I will definitely stock up on lemon cake mix for these! Next time I'm going to triple the recipe and put some in the freezer. Thanks so much for the recipe.

Mindy in Texas January 19, 2009

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