Easy Poppyseed Bread recipe + free illustrated recipe card

This poppy seed bread has been a favorite from first bite.

Vivian, my best friend’s mom (and mentor in every sense of the word) makes this every christmas to give to neighbors, teachers and friends. Years ago she graciously passed on the recipe to me and it is one of my go-to’s for sharable treats as well.

On Father’s day, all four of our kids were baptized and we celebrated afterward with brunch at our house. I do love a good brunch and appreciate homemade breads, scones, muffins and pastries just about as much as anything. I made a few loaves of this poppy seed bread for our family brunch. It was a hit!.

This week, I baked a few more mini loaves for the kids (and because sometimes I just want to bake).  The bread is so simple to make and delicious to eat that I though I’d share Vivian’s recipe with you, too.


4 eggs
3/4 cup oil
1 boxed white cake mix
1 box coconut pudding
1 cup hot water
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
1/4 cup poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 350.
Mix eggs and oil. Add cake mix and pudding. Stir to combined. Slowly add in hot water. Add coconut, nuts and poppy seeds.
Bake in loaf pan for 45-55 minutes or 4-5 mini loaf pans for 40-50 minutes.

I have a little series of recipe illustrations I’ve been creating and did a new one for this poppy seed bread (I’m pretty smitten with that cake mix box!).

You can find this recipe and the others (blueberry muffins, chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin bread) from THE ARCHIVE, our library of all the best free prints, templates, fonts and more. There are two 5×7 cards per sheet, so print them out, trim around the dotted lines and share with a friend (maybe with a batch of freshly baked bread?!).


If you are curious about how I make these illustrations, I created this video showing the process. Also, if you want to learn how to illustrate like this on your own, take my graphic design classes! I love teaching and you’ll be so proud of what you can create.



24 Responses to Easy Poppyseed Bread recipe + free illustrated recipe card

  1. Lea September 7, 2017 at 9:57 am #

    I finally made this bread and I only used 1 small box of the coconut pudding (instant). I made 4 mini breads and it was crumbly the day it was baked. Perhaps because I only used 1 small box instead of the large box (I could not find a large coconut pudding box in my area).

    Anyways, the bread was delicious and it was perfect the next day, stored at room temp in a container. It tasted better than the day I made it, so I will start making these at least a day ahead.

  2. Tina Baptista August 6, 2017 at 6:01 am #

    I posted about your illustrations on Instagram also… I wish you could sell these – I’d totally buy them. Very tempting to take your class – guess I’ll have to save for it!

  3. Shelby Cole July 15, 2017 at 9:45 am #


    I made this and it is indeed delish ! But I didn’t know that consuming poppy seed anything can produce a false positive result on drug screening . It’s wise to always inform your doctor that you have eaten ,say a everything bagel , poppy seed bread ,etc . Just thought you’d like to know .

  4. Kailin | Cordially K July 10, 2017 at 2:33 pm #

    Made this gluten free and topped it off with Lemon Zest! So Delish!
    I am based out of the Seattle Area as well, gotta love the rain!


    • emily July 10, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

      Great to know it can be altered for GF. My son will be happy about that :)

  5. Jenny M July 1, 2017 at 5:21 pm #

    I made this. It was really yummy. I brought a loaf in to work, and it was a big hit. I’ll print off a few of your cute recipe cards for those who have requested the recipe. Thanks!

  6. Lynn July 1, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

    I love these illustrations you do, too! They are so cute.

  7. Cristi Brohawn July 1, 2017 at 2:22 am #

    Congratulations on you children being baptized!
    Can’t wait to try this bread. Poppyseed bagels are one of my favorites so, I’m sure to like the bread.

  8. Karin June 29, 2017 at 7:50 am #

    How is this a bread? Lolol….I always try to think of healthier names for delicious, naughty baked goods. I did t know there was coconut pudding either. I live poppyseed “bread”, so I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  9. Connie June 29, 2017 at 6:57 am #

    Cannot wait to try the recipe! It looks moist and delicious! Have you ever made it using a lemon cake mix and lemon pudding? I love poppyseed with lemon .
    I’m also wondering if you use instant or cook and serve pudding.

    • emily June 30, 2017 at 1:40 pm #

      Oooh, that sounds delicious! I didn’t have coconut pudding, so I used a box of vanilla pudding instead. Mine was cook + serve, but you could probably use instant as well.

  10. Vic June 29, 2017 at 1:38 am #

    Greetings from sunny Greece!
    As cocconut pudding is unavailable here, Can you please let me know what it can be substituted with?
    I’d love to try the recipe!
    Thanks for sharing Emily!

    • emily June 30, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

      Try using vanilla or lemon pudding mix instead.

  11. Patricia Richardson June 28, 2017 at 6:18 pm #

    Which size pudding? The big box or the small box?

    • emily June 30, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

      I used a large box.

  12. Melinda June 28, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! Questions: Does it only make one regular loaf? Use instant pudding?
    Thanks for sharing!

    • emily June 30, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

      One regular loaf, or 4-5 minis. I used regular pudding, but you could probably use instant as well.

  13. Lori June 28, 2017 at 4:35 pm #

    Hi Emily! Thanks for sharing! My husband is a huge coconut fan, so I will be making this soon. I assume we are to use Instant Coconut pudding mix? Thanks!

  14. suzanne June 28, 2017 at 3:50 pm #

    the cake box is adorable. was it hard to go to bed after making something so cute?! (i’d have to keep looking at it.) ❥

  15. Lynn June 28, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

    I’ve never even heard of coconut pudding! Yum! I assume it’s instant pudding mix? Love your illustrations!

  16. Theresa June 28, 2017 at 2:09 pm #

    <3 Congratulations on your sweet childrens' Baptism!! Such a beautiful, cherished day in the life of a parent!

    and thank you for sharing this recipe – I'll be trying it soon! I can't get enough strawberry & spinach salads with Breanna's poppyseed dressing in the summertime :)

  17. Lauren@SimplyLKJ June 28, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    Emily it looks delicious. Perfect for summer. This would be easy for us to recreate gluten, dairy and egg free with simple substitutes. Have you ever tried adding some fresh blueberries? We have tons to use up as our bushes produced a ton this year.
    Love the printable, and just ordered another from you to put in our laundry room. Would love to learn how to do this.

  18. Gretchen June 28, 2017 at 11:53 am #

    Emily, this is so stinkin cute! I took your first class and learned a lot! I also loved the little video you did on the blueberry recipe a while ago. I remember watching in awe :) I don’t feel like I learned the skills to make something like this in your first class. Is your second Illustrator class focused more on learning how to make an illustration like the poppy seed recipe card? Would love to learn how to do this!

    • emily June 28, 2017 at 1:58 pm #

      Yes, for sure. I go over the different ways I create illustrations in the Projects + Techniques class.

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