Frosted Orange Poppy Seed Bread Recipe

Jocelyn Brubaker | Inside BruCrew Life

Frosted Orange Poppy Seed Bread is a delectable twist on the classic. Perfect for summer brunches!

We are now a week into summer break, and so far, our two youngest kids have been doing a good job at staying busy. Of course, I think that is mostly due to the fact that their friends are home from Puerto Rico right now.

They have been playing zombie tag at the church and swimming at the pool every single day. I have a feeling when their friends leave to go home, I’m going to hear a lot of “I’m bored” and “what can we do today?”

For now, I’m going to enjoy the peace and quiet that comes when they are out of the house. Don’t get me wrong. I do love having our kids home during the summer. It’s the whining and complaining that I can do without.

Frosted Orange Poppy Seed Bread Photo

It was so much easier to entertain them for hours when they were smaller. Hours at the park, day trips to the zoo, or going on walks were some of the things we would enjoy.

Then they became teenagers and those kinds of things just aren’t cool anymore. They just want to sleep in until noon, and then do nothing all day long. And by nothing, I mean sit in front of the tv or computer.

Not going to happen though. We have some summer rules that they will have to get used to.

Frosted Orange Poppy Seed Bread Picture

Getting up earlier, eating breakfast before noon, chores, and reading some books are just a few things on the daily summer list. Of course, that means I need to be on my A-game when it comes to breakfast.

Since these orange blueberry muffins are always a hit, I decided to try something else orange. I have had a jar of poppy seeds sitting in the pantry waiting for just the right recipe.

At first, I thought about using them in another muffin, but then I decided on a loaf of sweet bread.

Frosted Orange Poppy Seed Bread Image

What should have been an easy bread turned into quite the fiasco. I tested about 6 different batches trying to find one that I liked.

The first couple loaves were gummy, then the next few were too dry. At that point, I gave up on the orange and made another loaf of tropical banana bread instead.

After a few weeks, I came back to the frosted orange poppy seed bread. I couldn’t let the recipe get the best of me.

Frosted Orange Poppy Seed Bread Pic

Plus, we had more oranges in the fridge that were just begging me to try again. Actually, I think they were taunting me, but hey, whatever gets you back in the kitchen, right?

I tweaked a few things on my current recipe, and it was pretty good. But not perfect. I had one other thing I wanted to try before I could share the recipe.

File 1 Frosted Orange Poppy Seed Bread

A little bit of sour cream added to the batter added just a little bit more moisture and softness to the sweet bread. Finally, I conquered the orange bread!

Yes, I may have patted myself on the back a few times. And now I can add expert orange juicer and zester to my resume because I squeezed quite a few oranges to be able to have a recipe that I was happy with.

File 2 Frosted Orange Poppy Seed Bread

Of course, my kids are now quite tired of orange bread, so I need to move onto another flavor this summer. Anyone have any ideas?

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Frosted Orange Poppy Seed Bread Recipe

    12 Servings


For the Bread:
  • 1/3 cup Oil
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Orange Extract
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup Fresh-Squeezed Orange Juice, 4 large oranges
  • 2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 tablespoon Poppy Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Orange Zest
For the Frosting:
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Orange Juice, plus 1 teaspoon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Beat the oil, sugar, egg, sour cream, and extract until creamy.
  3. Stir together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  4. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the orange juice and buttermilk. Continue beating until everything is mixed in.
  5. Stir in the poppy seeds and orange zest gently. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.
  6. Let the bread cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then flip it out carefully onto a plate. Let it cool completely.
  7. Whisk together the powdered sugar and 1 Tablespoon juice. Add the additional juice if needed. Spread on top of the cooled loaf and let set before cutting. 
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Author: Jocelyn Brubaker
Recipe Yields: 12 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Total Time: 80 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 64
Calories 281

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g
  Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 261mg
Total Carbohydrate 48g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 28g
Protein 4g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Jocelyn Brubaker

About Jocelyn

Jocelyn bakes up many delicious things to share on Inside BruCrew Life. Around these parts, she's our latest Breakfast Fanatic, and we're so glad!

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