Lemon-Poppy Seed Cake with Lemon Glaze

Poppy seeds add a little crunch and lemon provides refreshing flavor to a family-favorite tube cake.

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  • prep time 15 min
  • total time 3 hr 10 min
  • ingredients 6
  • servings 16
 

Ingredients

Cake

1
box lemon cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
2
tablespoons poppy seed

Lemon Glaze

1
cup powdered sugar
1
to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4
teaspoon grated lemon peel

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark on nonstick pan). Grease and lightly flour 12-cup fluted tube cake pan, or spray with baking spray with flour.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir poppy seed into batter. Pour into pan.
  • 3 Bake as directed on box. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn pan upside down onto cooling rack; remove pan. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
  • 4 In small bowl, mix powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and the lemon peel. Stir in additional lemon juice, 1 teaspoon at a time, until smooth and consistency of thick syrup. Spread over top of cake, allowing some to drizzle down side. Garnish with additional grated lemon peel, if desired. Store loosely covered.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark on nonstick pan). Grease and lightly flour 12-cup fluted tube cake pan, or spray with baking spray with flour.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir poppy seed into batter. Pour into pan.
  • 3 Bake as directed on box. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn pan upside down onto cooling rack; remove pan. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
  • 4 In small bowl, mix powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and the lemon peel. Stir in additional lemon juice, 1 teaspoon at a time, until smooth and consistency of thick syrup. Spread over top of cake, allowing some to drizzle down side. Garnish with additional grated lemon peel, if desired. Store loosely covered.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Poppy seed can become rancid if it is stored for a long period in your cupboard. Stick it in your freezer, and it will keep almost forever.

Scatter a few fresh blueberries or raspberries over slices of this lemony cake.

How many lemons do you need for this recipe? One will be fine. One lemon yields 1 1/2 to 3 teaspoons of grated peel and 2 to 3 tablespoons of juice.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
210
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
40mg
40%;
Sodium
210mg
210%;
Total Carbohydrate
30g
30%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
19g
19%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.