Cake Mix Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

by Crystal

Can cake mix be used for muffins? Yes, it can! This recipe in particular is lemon poppy seed muffins made with lemon cake mix. Super easy to make, only 5 ingredients and ready in less than 30 minutes.

Cake Mix Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins - Easy lemon poppy seed muffins made with lemon cake mix. Moist, bakery style muffins perfect for a quick breakfast. | Beat Bake Eat




As you can probably tell from this baking blog I’ve got going here, I enjoy baking from scratch. It’s great, but sometimes I just don’t have the time. This is why I always keep cake mix on hand because there are so many ways that you can use it as a shortcut and this easy recipe is a great example. It’s an easy shortcut recipe and a great way to improve cake mix! And if you’re looking for a recipe using lemon cake mix this is a great one!

It’s just a really easy cake mix muffin recipe to have in your back pocket, especially when you’re short on ingredients. Who would’ve ever thought that you could get moist bakery style lemon poppy seed muffins from cake mix?

By the way, this recipe fits in so well with the “theme” of this baking blog. It’s all about baking for beginners. Nothing complicated over here! And in this post I’m going to show you how to make easy lemon poppy seed muffins and exactly how to use cake mix for muffins.

Cake Mix Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins - Easy lemon poppy seed muffins made with lemon cake mix. Moist, bakery style muffins perfect for a quick breakfast. | Beat Bake Eat

When I decided to make these muffins from cake mix I wasn’t sure how to go about it at first because I wanted them to have the texture of actual muffins. I didn’t want them to be cake-like. So the very first time I made these I used equal parts butter and milk. The end product wasn’t bad. Everything was great except they were a little dry. I thought maybe I had just over baked them but after eating three muffins (oink oink) I realized that there just wasn’t enough fat in the recipe. So I increased the butter by a couple tablespoons, baked them at the same temperature for the exactly same amount of time and they were perfect. These lemon cake mix muffins turned out so fluffy and moist all thanks to the butter.

Also, one of the best things about this lemon muffin recipe is that you actually don’t need any lemons. These muffins are lemon muffins without lemon zest. However, as you’ve probably already guessed, the lemon flavor in them is not strong. So if you want to amp it up I suggest adding the zest of one lemon.




How to make Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins with Cake Mix

If you’re wondering how to make cake mix muffins it’s quite easy. It doesn’t require much effort to convert cake mix to muffins. They’re made without baking soda or baking powder and all you need is one bowl and 7 minutes (or less) to mix it all together.

{Full recipe below}

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin pan with muffins liners or spray generously with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the butter, eggs, and milk.
  3. Add the cake mix and poppy seeds and gently stir until incorporated.
  4. Scoop batter into the muffin pan filling the cups to the top.
  5. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  6. Cool in pan 10 minutes then remove to cool completely.

Cake Mix Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins - Easy lemon poppy seed muffins made with lemon cake mix. Moist, bakery style muffins perfect for a quick breakfast. | Beat Bake Eat

From cake mix to muffins just like that! I love that I didn’t have to bust out my big old bag of flour for this recipe. And I love how easy and adaptable this recipe is. I think that I may like cake mix breakfast recipes more than I should.

I used the Betty Crocker lemon cake mix but you can also use Duncan Hines or Pillsbury.

This recipe yields 12 jumbo lemon poppy seed muffins. If you prefer your muffins a little smaller you can always make 16 muffins instead. Just be careful not to over bake them (since they’d be smaller in size).




This is why I love baking with cake mix because there are so many things you can do with it; more than just making a cake or cupcakes. This cake mix muffin recipe may not be from scratch but it’s still homemade!

And although I’m an experienced Baker, I love these kinds of easy baking recipes with few ingredients because sometimes I just feel lazy and I don’t feel like making something that requires a lot of effort.

If you really love baking with cake mix just as much as I do, there are a few more cake mix recipes here on Beat Bake Eat. You should check them out! Baking at home does not have to be hard or complicated.

Cake mix hacks are such Lifesavers. Never underestimate the power of a box cake mix!

Cake Mix Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins - Easy lemon poppy seed muffins made with lemon cake mix. Moist, bakery style muffins perfect for a quick breakfast. | Beat Bake Eat

More Easy Cake Mix Muffin Recipes

The next time it’s a busy morning and you’re short on time, just make some easy cake mix breakfast muffins!




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Cake Mix Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Prep Time
7 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Can cake mix be used for muffins? Yes, it can! This recipe in particular is lemon poppy seed muffins made with lemon cake mix. Super easy to make and ready in less than 30 minutes.
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: easy lemon poppy seed muffins, how to make lemon poppy seed muffins with cake mix, lemon poppy seed muffins made with lemon cake mix
Servings: 12 Muffins
Author: Crystal | Beat Bake Eat
Ingredients
  • 10 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk (2% or whole milk)
  • 1 box (432 g/15 oz) lemon cake mix
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin pan with muffins liners or spray generously with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the butter, eggs, and milk.
  3. Add the cake mix and poppy seeds and gently stir until incorporated.
  4. Scoop batter into the muffin pan filling the cups to the top.
  5. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  6. Cool in pan 10 minutes then remove to cool completely.
Notes

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