Every good Southerner should have a go-to muffin recipe in their arsenal, and I think this one certainly fits the bill. These melt-in-your-mouth muffins—filled with the bright flecks of orange zest and subtle crunch of poppy seeds—have a perfectly light, perfectly tender crumb thanks to cake flour and plenty of butter. (No hockey pucks here!)
Serve a plateful of these citrus poppy seed muffins to overnight guests, fill a basket as a hostess gift, or hoard them all for yourself. Either way, I promise I won't judge.