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Homemade Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.


2 dozen slices

Family and friends will love this buttermilk cake...whether you serve tender slices with coffee at brunch or as a treat after dinner. The delicate lemon glaze adds a special touch. -Kristen Croke of Hanover, Massachusetts


  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 2-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1-1/3 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice


  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and 1-1/4 cups sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add lemon zest; mix well. Add eggs and egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, salt and allspice. Gradually add to the butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  2. Transfer to a 10-in. tube pan heavily coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edge of pan and center tube to loosen. Remove to a wire rack.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the lemon juice and remaining sugar. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil; cook and stir 1-2 minutes longer or until sugar is dissolved. Using a fork, poke holes in top of cake. Gradually pour hot syrup over cake. Cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

2 slices: 266 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 318mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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