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Lemon Poppy Seed Cake Recipe

By Jessicanunemaker @JessNunemaker
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Lemon Poppy Seed Cake Recipe

I know that my love of lilacs and lemons comes from my grandmother–and I believe she would have loved this recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed Cake!

With just a slight bit of lemony sweetness from the glaze, it’s a great complement. It would go very well with coffee.

Our family enjoyed it so much that it didn’t last long enough to share with the neighbor! Maybe next time!  This recipe is from The Perfect

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake Recipe

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Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 Bundt Cake

Serving Size: 8 - 10

Excellent! I did not use juice from a lemon but the equivalent: 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice. I also added in more poppy seeds than called for. I used 1 Tablespoon rather than 1 teaspoon.

This recipe is from The Perfect


  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Poppy Seeds (I used 1 Tablespoon)
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, Softened
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest
  • 1 Cup (8 Oz) Sour Cream
  • Glaze
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • Juice of a Whole Lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon Dry Lemonade Mix


  1. 350* oven.
  2. Grease Bundt pan and set aside.
  3. In bowl, combine Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Salt, and Poppy Seeds.
  4. In bowl of an electric mixer, cream together Butter, Granulated Sugar, and Eggs. Mix well.
  5. Stir in Vanilla Extract and Lemon Zest.
  6. Add to the Egg Mixture, alternating Dry Ingredients and Sour Cream.
  7. Scrape batter into Bundt pan.
  8. Bake 350* for 45 minutes or until knife comes out clean.
  9. Let cool on wire rack for 15 minutes, invert pan, and remove cake. Let cool on wire rack.
  10. Glaze
  11. In small bowl, combine Powdered Sugar, Lemonade Mix, and Lemon Juice.
  12. Drizzle over top of cooled Lemon Poppy Seed Cake.
  13. Serve.
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