Lemon-Poppy Seed Butter Cake

"The tang of lemons and the spicy crunch of poppy seeds. Perfect."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Butter and flour a Bundt pan.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, soda and salt into a bowl.
  • Beat butter at high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add sugar in 2 additions, beating for 2 minutes after each addition.
  • Beat in lemon zest, vanilla, and egg yolks and beat until light-colored.
  • On low speed, beat in flour in 3 additions and buttermilk in 2, beginning and ending with flour.
  • Stir in poppy seeds.
  • Beat whites separately until foamy.
  • Add pinch of salt; continue beating until firm, not stiff peaks form.
  • Stir ¼ of whites into batter to lighten; then fold in remaining whites.
  • Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake in lower third of oven for about 55 minutes.
  • At serving time, sprinkle with icing sugar.

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  1. this is delicious and lookes lovely on a platter sprinkled with sugar. the cake is light and buttery with a nice crunch from the poppy seeds. my family loved this
  2. I made this for a colleague's birthday at work and everyone raved about it for hours after! I served the cake with a glaze made of the juice of the lemons I zested for this recipe: about 2 tablespoons lemon juice / 1 cup sifted icing sugar. I also substituted the all-purpose flour for pastry whole wheat flour (and substracted 1 tablespoon flour for each cup). Delicious! Will definetly keep this recipe at hand!
  3. Another winning cake Ev! This cake rises beautifully when baked, I used 1-1/4 cups buttermilk as the previous reviewer mentioned that the batter was thick. Thanks for sharing!...Kitten:)
  4. This was good. It tasted alot lighter than I had expected, as the batter was quite thick. It also came out a very pretty golden color. It did, however, seem kind of crumbly, next time I will probably reduce the baking time, I think mine may have dried out in the 55 minutes. I served with Lemon Curd#37890.


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