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

I adore all things lemon flavored! Here are a few of my favorite recipes…

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream: using my favorite white cake recipe, from scratch, these lemon cupcakes are delicious!

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I made homemade lemon curd for the first time, and completely fell in love. It’s so easy!!

Easy, Homemade Lemon Curd: delicious on toast, cheesecake and pie! So easy to make your own too! #lemoncurd www.shugarysweets.com

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Yield: serves 8-10

Lemon Chia Coffee Cake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes


  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 6oz vanilla yogurt
  • 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • ¼ 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.
  3. Turn onto plate and allow to cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving. ENJOY!
  4. **recipe adapted from [Baking Bites|http://bakingbites.com/2013/02/lemon-chia-seed-cake/]

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Posted on March 11, 2013

Comments & Reviews

  1. I have just made this cake and it is really moist, very tasty and the chia seeds give it a nice crunchy texture. Very nice recipe, thank you.

  2. It is an excellent cake especially when black poppy seed are not available in India. Thanx for a lovely alternative, especially when it is a nutritive substitute. In India we use Chia seeds in drinks especially in a mik based drink called “Falooda”. Wow. Thank you again for giving an alternate for poppy seed.

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

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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. 🙂

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

    1. 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?

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

  10. I love lemon-anything! Amazing!!

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  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

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