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Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

 Cook Time: 50 minutes

 Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour (leveled)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3 tablespoons poppy seeds

3/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature

2 cups granulated sugar

4 large eggs, room temperature

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons lemon zest

1/4 cup canola or olive oil

1 cup sour cream or non-fat plain Greek yogurt

Lemon Glaze

1 cup confectioners sugar

3 tablespoons lemon juice or as needed to thin out the glaze


To make the cake:

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and poppy seeds. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Mix in the eggs one a time, then mix in the vanilla. Slowly mix in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and oil.

Alternate mixing the flour mixture and the sour cream into the wet ingredients, starting with the flour and ending with the flour. Mix until just combined.

Spray a 10-inch bundt pan well with nonstick cooking spray, or grease with butter and flour. Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan and evenly spread it around.

Bake at 350°F for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. To prevent excess browning cover loosely with foil if needed for the last 5-10 minutes of baking.

Remove from the oven and cool in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Then invert the cake onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

To make the glaze:

Add the powdered sugar and lemon juice to a small mixing bowl and mix until fully combined.

One the cake has cooled, place a piece of foil under the wire rack (to catch any glaze that falls off). Pour the lemon glaze evenly over the cake and allow to harden for about 10-15 minutes.

Written by Toni Nolen