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Upside Down Glazed Almond Poppyseed Muffins

June 14, 2014

A few years ago I was working in Cannon Beach, Oregon, and the bakery there had these upside down glazed almond poppyseed muffins. I thought they were delicious and tried to get the recipe. They wouldn’t give it to me, so I found a muffin recipe online, turned them upside down and glazed them. The next summer when I went back to the bakery, I found that I actually liked my own version better. I would never have thought to glaze the bottoms of the muffins, but it does make sense–usually the top of the muffin is the favorite part, this turns the bottoms into the best part (and there is more of it)!

upside down muffin

1/2 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs, separated

1 tsp lemon zest

1 1/2 tsp almond extract

1 1/3 cup flour

1 1/8 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup buttermilk (or 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice + almost 1/2 cup milk)

2 1/2 Tbsp poppy seeds


2+ cups icing sugar

1 tsp lemon extract (or juice)


Cream the butter and sugar. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each. Add zest and almond extract. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl and add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Mix until just combined. Fold in poppy seeds. Beat egg whites with an electric mixer until peaks are stiff. Gently fold into batter.

Thoroughly grease and flour 9 of the muffin spaces in the tin. Fill with batter to the tops. Bake at 350 degrees for about 18 min, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool slightly on a wire rack. While they are still warm, mix the icing sugar, lemon extract, and enough water to thin the glaze so that it is runny. Place a pan or sheet of waxed paper under the rack to catch the drips and drizzle the glaze all over the bottoms and sides of the muffins.

muffins in tin

muffins on rack

These ones needed a little more glaze…

glazed muffins

That’s better.  The whole bottom surface should have a thin coating.


Well, I may not need to go back for the muffins, but I do miss Cannon Beach. Can’t wait to visit again someday…

Cannon Beach

cannon beach

haystack rock

tide out

tide pools

rock with starfish

2 starfish

birds at sunset

sunset with haystack rock

dusk with haystack rock


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