Lemon Poppy Seed Cake (Family Favorite)

Prep Time
Cook Time
Ready In

"This recipe was given to one of my Uncles 30 years ago from a co-worker. It has been a much requested recipe in our family ever since. One of my favorites. *The secret to the lemony flavor is the thin glaze which sinks into the cake and then hardens and gives it a really nice texture. I love the bottom where the glaze is thickest!"

Original recipe yields 16 servings
  • CAKE


  • Serving Size: 1 (120.5 g)
  • Calories 301
  • Total Fat - 10.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 52.1 mg
  • Sodium - 267.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 50.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.7 g
  • Sugars - 19.6 g
  • Protein - 4 g
  • Calcium - 68 mg
  • Iron - 1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 16.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a bundt pan.

Step 2

Beat together cake ingredients with an electric mixer for about 4 minutes. Pour batter into prepared bundt pan.

Step 3

Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick tests clean.

Step 4

While cake is baking mix lemon juice with powdered sugar for the glaze. It should have a thin consistency to sink into the cake.

Step 5

When cake is done and still hot, poke holes all over it (still in the bundt pan) with long skewers and pour the glaze over it.

Step 6

Allow cake to cool and then remove from the pan before the glaze hardens. It's best the next day when the glaze is hardened.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



This is the best moist cake ever! I used meyer lemons for this cake and it was devoured by all. This is the last piece that I managed to get and photograph before someone walked off with it. Will definately be making this again. Thanks T for the best lemon cake ever!! Made for Billboard Recipe Tag.

review by:
(28 Feb 2013)


Very good! I actually made this cake for my GF's birthday (on Sunday) she is diabetic so I topped it with whipped cream that I sweetened with sugar substitute, this was enjoyed by everyone, thanks for sharing this yummy cake recipe Engrossed! (this was made for RZ forum Recipebook Tag game)

review by:
(23 Jan 2012)


Was in definite need of a delicious cake this past weekend & this one of yours was it! I love lemon; I love poppy seed! What can I say but that the lemons I use for this kind of thing are large ones, & as usual when I do a recipe like this, I used a generous amount of poppy seeds, in the absolutely delightful cake! A quarter of it was shared with my son & DIL, but the rest was just for the 2 of us here at home!

review by:
(16 Jan 2012)


5+ stars for this cake! My mother in law makes lemon poppy seed cake but she adds Jello coconut cream instant pudding mix to her cake and it is very good but I think I like this recipe a bit better. If you love lemon you will love this cake! A breeze to put together and nice presentation when serving. The lemon flavor is delicious and just the right amount of poppy seeds. My cake did brown a little more than I would have liked so next time I will bake at 325 degrees when using my bundt pan. Made and enjoyed for the Recipebook Tag Game.

review by:
(20 Dec 2011)