Saturday, March 5, 2011

Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake

Lemons, little bundles of versatile goodness. From sweet to savory, lemons seem to fit in almost anywhere. It happens to be one of our favorite dessert flavors. If it's lemon flavor, it doesn't last too long, around here.


I was so excited to find the dried spices on sale, a few weeks back. That also included sesame and poppy seeds. I quickly snatched some up, since I've always wanted to cook with them. My sister makes lemon poppy seed loaf, every Christmas, to give as gifts. And every Christmas I tell myself, I should make some too. Well I finally bought the poppy seeds, all that was left was making lemon poppy seed something.

Then I remembered bookmarking a recipe for a lemon poppy seed bundt cake in one of my cookbooks. Once I found it, I went to work. Hubby was excited that I was finally making a dessert he likes, LOL. He's not big into muffins, brownies or bars, but add lemon and he's all over it.


The cake really is good. Moist, sweet and tangy. The glaze is so deliciously lemon-y. Crazy good!! The kids went bonkers for this as well. Queenie requested a second piece, after dinner tonight. I'll be surprised if there is any left in the morning.

Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake
Adapted from Land O Lakes Simply Delicious cookbook
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Pound cake recipe with lemon and poppy seed. Lemon lightens and complements the rich, moist flavor of this delicate cake with a citrus glaze.

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup poppy seed
1 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened
1 cup buttermilk**
4 eggs
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons freshly grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Heat oven to 325°F. Combine all cake ingredients in large bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, just until all ingredients are moistened.

Increase speed to high. Beat, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.

Pour batter into greased and floured 12-cup Bundt® pan or 10-inch tube (angel food cake) pan. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely.

Stir together powdered sugar and enough lemon juice in small bowl for desired glazing consistency; drizzle over cooled cake. .

**Substitute 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice plus enough milk to equal 1 cup. Let stand 10 minutes.


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Brenda said...

Cindy, this is so funny because I've been looking for a good pound cake recipe. Just recently. I went through my cookbooks and nothing jumped out at me. This is great because we all love lemon too, especially Joe. Thank you so much for linking up to Cookbook Sundays. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

I love the sound of this recipe, and I love that it uses real butter too! I don't think you can go wrong with that classic lemon and poppyseed combination either. Your photos are beautiful too.

Melynda said...

Stopping by from Cookbook Sundays, to say hello and let you know this looks delicious! I think I like a bundt cake best of all, they are usually so richly flavored. Lemon is my favorite, thanks for sharing.

Hally said...

I do love a good bundt cake, but have lost my pan to the great potluck in the sky. Do you think this would work in a regular loaf pan or muffins? (ooohhh or those GIANT popover muffins?)