Recipe Goodness: Lemon Poppyseed Cake

This is a recipe that always gets rave reviews and while it makes a good and filling desert (or tasty breakfast muffin depending on the type of pan you use) I find that it can also give lots of small tasty servings at a pot-luck.  Since we’re coming up on the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays (which in my experience tend to bring out all those pot-luck tendencies) I wanted to share; especially since I just made this as mini muffins last night for my co-workers today to share as my birthday gift to them!  The lemon is especially good to bring a bit of cheerful quasi-warmer season feeling to a party.

Oh and to be clear, this is a recipe that uses packaged mixes to make something entirely new; so if you see those “Good Housekeeping” magazines or the like with “Simple ways to make a packaged mix into your own creation” this is what they are doing.  The recipe comes from one of my mother’s friends who is an avid baker and creator of delicious dishes! Enjoy!

Ingredients for cake:

  • 1 Package Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 Package Instant Lemon Pudding
  • 3 Tablespoons Poppy-seeds
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 4 eggs

Ingredients for glaze:

  • Juice of 1 medium lemon (or 3 tablespoons of lemon juice)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of Confectioner’s Sugar

Directions for Cake:

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease a bundt pan (or put those little muffin cups into muffin trays)
  • Mix all of the ingredients and blend for 2 minutes
  • Pour the mixed blend into your bundt pan or muffin tins
  • Bake for 20 minutes for the bundt.  Muffins take less time.
  • Check the bundt with a toothpick at about 15 minutes (since ovens vary).  If the toothpick enters the center of the bundt/muffin and comes out clean then remove the pan and set it to cool on the counter.  If toothpick doesn’t come out clean recheck every 2 minutes until it does.
  • Once the bundt has cooled for 5-10 minutes, remove it from the pan and set it on the serving dish until it cools fully.
  • Pour the glaze over the cooled bundt cake
  • Eat! 🙂

Directions for Glaze:

  • Slowly add sugar to your lemon juice
  • Mix until you get a thick glaze
  • It will thicken a bit as it sits but not a lot so add enough sugar to make it close to as thick as you’d like it!

Are your cheeks sucked in yet at the thought of the lemon glaze?  Don’t worry, a nice drizzle just adds flavor to the entire piece of cake and it isn’t overpowering. Enjoy!

The finished cake.  I used a Castle-shaped Bundt!

The finished cake. I used a Castle-shaped Bundt!


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