Lemon Chia Coffee Cake

Lemon Chia Breakfast Cake: delicious, moist lemon coffee cake with chia seeds! perfect for brunch #lemon #chiaseeds @shugarysweets

Lemon Chia Breakfast Cake: delicious, moist lemon coffee cake with chia seeds! perfect for brunch #lemon #chiaseeds @shugarysweets

I found this Lemon Chia coffee cake recipe over on Baking Bites. I have to be honest. I’ve never used chia seeds before. But, I had just bought a giant Costco bag of them, in the hopes I might find good use for them. (yes, chia seeds are the same ones they use for Chia Pets. I had no idea…). I had been reading all the health benefits of Chia seeds and thought they would be perfect in our daily smoothies.

Lemon Chia Breakfast Cake: delicious, moist lemon coffee cake with chia seeds! perfect for brunch #lemon #chiaseeds @shugarysweets

But guess what? They are perfect in place of poppyseeds too! This cake is so soft and moist, and can you believe I didn’t even feel the need to add a drizzle of anything on top? It was that good on it’s own. I’m going to try to make this into muffins soon, I’ll update the post and let you know how it turns out!

For now, I’m just going to enjoy this simple lemon coffee cake.

Lemon Chia Breakfast Cake: delicious, moist lemon coffee cake with chia seeds! perfect for brunch #lemon #chiaseeds @shugarysweets

Lemon Chia Breakfast Cake: delicious, moist lemon coffee cake with chia seeds! perfect for brunch #lemon #chiaseeds @shugarysweets

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Lemon Chia Coffee Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: serves 8-10


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 6oz vanilla yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar, for garnish


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time. Beat in lemon zest and juice. Stir in flour, baking powder baking soda and salt. Beat in the yogurt and chia seeds until batter is smooth.
  2. Pour into a 9inch round cake pan that is greased and the bottom is lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes. Remove and cool on wire rack for 15 minutes. Turn onto plate and allow to cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving. ENJOY!
  3. **recipe adapted from Baking Bites

68 Responses to “Lemon Chia Coffee Cake”

  1. posted Mar 11, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I discovered Chia seeds a few months ago. I absolutely love them mixed into my greek yogurt for breakfast but have yet to bake with them. This cake sounds so dreamy! I love lemon!!!

    • posted Mar 12, 2013 at 6:34 am

      I have only put them in smoothies, I really need to just start adding them to more foods!!

  2. posted Mar 11, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    I have a huge bag of chia seeds in the refrigerator needing to be used. And this lemon coffee cake looks made for them. Yum!

  3. posted Mar 11, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I love chia seeds. I toss them in so many things, smoothies, salads, parfaits, you name it. I love that you added them into this fabulous cake!

  4. posted Mar 11, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I have never cooked or baked with chia seeds either. This looks like a wonderful treat for breakfast!

    • posted Mar 12, 2013 at 6:37 am

      I’ve been told they can replace anything you make with poppyseeds…and you can add them to so much more!!

  5. Kaitlyn
    posted Mar 11, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Do you use regular yogurt or greek yogurt?

    • posted Mar 12, 2013 at 6:38 am

      I used regular Yoplait vanilla yogurt. Greek yogurt would work just fin too though!

  6. posted Mar 11, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Confession, I have never heard of Chia. Did not know it was a seed! I need to investigate that! This cake looks really great and love the lemon!

    • posted Mar 12, 2013 at 6:40 am

      Ch.ch.ch. Chia. Chia pets? No?
      Anyways, I had no idea you could eat the seeds, I thought they were just novelty plants! But, apparently they are better for you than salmon!

      • posted Mar 12, 2013 at 6:49 am

        I guess I wasn’t thinking too hard. Uh yes! I used to sit in my 10th grade Math class and sing that with my friends. Everybody back then knew what they were, I sing it to my kids and they are like “what Mom”?

  7. posted Mar 11, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    I have yet to try chia seeds, but have also heard of all its health benefits in smoothies. Nice to see they are also great for baking.

    • posted Mar 12, 2013 at 6:41 am

      Wonderful in baking :) Now I need to figure out how else to use them!!

  8. posted Mar 11, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    My blog in 2009 was all about chia seeds! You can use 1 tsp of chia to about 3 tbsp of water and let it thicken and get goo-like for vegan eggs; same with ground flax. Chia/flax eggs are pretty common in vegan baking. And they are wonderful in smoothies, and I love making chia seed pudding with them and you can frreeze that and turn it into fro-yo or ‘ice cream’ of sorts. I love them! Your cake is perfect!

    • posted Mar 12, 2013 at 6:43 am

      Hmmm, I’m going to have to look into more recipes with these chia seeds! I had no idea all the things you can do with them!!

  9. posted Mar 12, 2013 at 12:07 am

    I’ve never even heard of chia seeds- is that crazy? (I’ve heard of chia pets though)
    I’m gonna do some research though- this cake looks lovely!

    • posted Mar 12, 2013 at 6:44 am

      I hear the seeds are what you spread on the chia pet! Crazy right? Who knew that was edible? Clearly not me!

  10. posted Mar 12, 2013 at 1:36 am

    I would need a few slices to go, with my tea! That looks incredibly delicious and I love the addition of chia :)

  11. Ty P.
    posted Mar 12, 2013 at 2:32 am

    I’ve used chia seeds a lot. I even sneak them in pancakes when I make them for Nik. They have more Omega-3s than salmon, some protein, and minerals.

    • posted Mar 12, 2013 at 6:47 am

      Ty, awesome idea for pancakes! I’m going to be putting them in everything, why not right???

  12. posted Mar 12, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I never knew chia seeds were good for you? Guess it’s ok to several slices of cake right? This would be wonderful for breakfast!

  13. posted Mar 12, 2013 at 8:35 am

    This looks delish and so pretty too!!! I love lemons and love the idea of getting those good-for-me chia seeds in some cake!!! Genius! xoxo

    • posted Mar 12, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      Thanks Robyn! Eat more cake…it’s healthy! My new motto :)

  14. posted Mar 12, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I have been hearing about Chia seeds all over the place. I need to try them! And lemon anything, especially coffee cake? Score!

  15. posted Mar 12, 2013 at 10:59 am

    We use the chia seeds in smoothies and salads…be warned though…the seeds like to stick in your teeth. Just look in a mirror before leaving the house if you eat them that way. LOL! I knew they could be used as an egg substitute too, but I haven’t gotten that far with them yet. I love that you used them in place of poppy seeds for this fabulous cake!!! I want a huge slice and some coffee! Let’s plan a meet up soon!!!

    • posted Mar 12, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      yeah, they definitely do stick! More so than poppy seeds!!

  16. posted Mar 12, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I’m all about lemon lately – and this coffee cake looks lovely Aimee! I never knew how to use chia seeds either so I’ve sort of avoided them BUT now I know at least one way to bake with them lol 😀

    • posted Mar 12, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      I’m not really sure how to use them, but everyone commenting has some great ideas! I’m pretty excited!

  17. posted Mar 12, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I’m going to have to get my hands on some chia seeds! So intrigued.

  18. posted Mar 12, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I have been contemplating chia seeds too, but haven’t taken the plunge. This moist, lemony coffee cake is even more motivation. What a fantastic idea to use them in place of poppyseeds! (PS. Who would have thought you could eat those little nuggets and they’d be good for you?! Amazing).

    • posted Mar 12, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      yeah, I don’t think I would ever have been brave enough to try things for the first time in the universe!!

  19. posted Mar 12, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    This is the 3rd recipe in a week I’ve seen with chia seeds. I saw one on Joy the baker for smoothies, which sounded great. Good to know they work perfectly in place of poppyseeds! The lemon coffee cake sounds wonderful!

    • posted Mar 12, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      They sure do work great!! guess you need to try it yourself now, Marcie!

  20. posted Mar 12, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    This looks amazing! I am probably the last person who has not tried chia seeds but have heard so much about them. This is a perfect way to try them!

    • posted Mar 12, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      I thought “I” was the last person. Good to know…hehe!!

  21. posted Mar 12, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    This looks so unique! Very pretty.

  22. posted Mar 12, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Dont you just LOVE chia seeds? I’m addicted!!

  23. posted Mar 12, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    I made some lemon chia seed muffins a month or so ago and the recipe was a flop, but that never stops me. I’m going to try this cake and I’m pretty sure I even have all of the ingredients on hand. I’m going to try it as muffins, I’ll let you know how they turn out.

    • posted Mar 15, 2013 at 7:32 am

      yes, please let me know if you try it as muffins!!!

  24. posted Mar 13, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I love chia seeds and think this is a FABULOUS use for them! Perfect for breakfast!!

  25. posted Mar 13, 2013 at 9:47 am

    This looks crazy tasty! I love using chia seeds in everything. They enhance the flavor of everything around them, so I imagine this will be one super tasty lemony cake! YUM!

  26. posted Mar 13, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I’ve never had a lemon coffee cake or chia seeds, but this sounds delicious! The pictures are beautiful. I may have to try out this recipe for Easter!

  27. posted Mar 13, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I love lemon-anything! Amazing!!

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  28. posted Mar 14, 2013 at 2:06 am

    I can’t wait to try this! We go through lemon chia muffins like CRAZY, this will be a nice change!

  29. posted Mar 14, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Love this! I bought some chia seeds and then hid them away in the pantry. I need to bust them out and make some cake!

    • posted Mar 15, 2013 at 7:29 am

      Definitely time to bust them out of the pantry. Why make smoothies with chia seeds when you can have cake? And it’s healthy right? Lemons? Chia Seeds?

  30. posted Mar 14, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    The Lemon Chia Coffee Cake has given my husband a reason to always have breakfast before heading to the office. Since he is the type of guy who loves his coffee pitch black he tends to finds the Lemon Chia Coffee Cake a wonderful accompaniment.

  31. posted Mar 16, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Like you, I keep reading about the wonderful chia seed. So, when I saw a bag at Trader Joes I bought it with no idea of what I was going to do with it. Now I can put my chia seeds to good use! Thanks for the recipe!

  32. Frances H.
    posted Apr 16, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I saw this cake on Pinterest and immediately wanted to make it! I made it today and it is DELICIOUS! So lemony and yummy. Thanks for the recipe. :)

  33. Patricia
    posted Jun 13, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Hi Im from Mexico City you to suggest to use Chia seed in lemony water its delicious…

  34. Jocyl
    posted Jan 15, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I found this cake on pinterest. It didn’t take me very long to try it out. I made it last night and it is very good. As promised, it’s moist and sweet. I’m not fond of too sweet of a dessert so I think I will cut down the sugar. Again, thanks for the pictures and recipe!

    • posted Jan 15, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  35. sara
    posted Feb 26, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    excellent cake, made it today! Added blueberries and lemon extract

  36. posted Mar 17, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Holy cow this is good. Used gluten free flour, blueberry yogurt and TONS of zest! SO good.

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  40. Ogi Yogi
    posted Feb 6, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    I love this recipe! The cake is so moist and light, I was wondering what the caloric breakdown per serving is? 

    • posted Feb 8, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      I actually don’t calculate the nutrition on my recipes, but I know there are some online calculators you could plug it into!

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