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!!

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Yield: serves 8-10

Lemon Chia Coffee Cake

Lemon Chia Coffee Cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes


  • 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.
  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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73 comments on “Lemon Chia Coffee Cake”

  1. 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!!!

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

  5. Kaitlyn

    Do you use regular yogurt or greek yogurt?

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

    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.

  12. 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. 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

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

  15. 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!!!

  16. 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 😀

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

  18. 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).

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

  21. This looks so unique! Very pretty.

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

  23. 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.

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

  25. 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. 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. I love lemon-anything! Amazing!!

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

  29. 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!

  30. 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. 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.

    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

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

  34. Jocyl

    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!

  35. sara

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

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

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  40. Ogi Yogi

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

  41. erika

    hi! I need help.
    I cannot find vanilla yogurt, do you know if i can replace it with another ingredient?

  42. Neelam

    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.

  43. Wendy

    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.

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