Tested till perfect Citrus Poppy Seed Cake

Citrus Poppy Seed Cake

Bake this classic combination of lemon and poppy seeds into a cake to serve along with tea.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Holiday Best: 2005

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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  • Portion size 16


  • 1 cup 1cupbutter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups 1-1/2cupsgranulated sugar
  • 2 2eggeggs
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspgrated lemon rind or orange rind
  • 1 tsp 1tspvanilla
  • 2-1/2 cups 2-1/2cupsall-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp 1tbsppoppy seeds
  • 1 tsp 1tspbaking powder
  • 1 tsp 1tspbaking soda
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspsalt
  • 1-1/2 cups 1-1/2cupsbuttermilk


  • 3/4 cup 3/4cupicing sugar
  • 2 tbsp 2tbsplemon juice or orange juice
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Grease 10-cup (2.5 L) fancy or classic Bundt or tube pan; dust with flour. Set aside.

In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each; beat in lemon rind and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt ; stir into butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, making 3 additions of dry ingredients and 2 of buttermilk.

Scrape into prepared pan; tap pan on counter and smooth top. Bake in centre of 325°F (160°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan to rack.

Glaze: In small bowl, whisk icing sugar with lemon juice; brush over hot cake. Let cool. (Make-ahead: Wrap in plastic wrap; store in airtight container for up to 24 hours or freeze for up to 1 month.)

Additional information :

Mini Citrus Poppy Seed Cakes:
Replace pan with twelve 1/2-cup (125 mL) mini Bundt cups in pan. Spoon 1/2 cup (125 mL) batter into each. Bake as directed for 30 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter. Makes 24 mini cakes.

Mini Menorah Citrus Poppy Seed Cakes:
Prepare Mini Citrus Poppy Seed Cakes. Place 1 mini cake on overturned ramekin on rectangular tray; insert taper candle in cake. Arrange 4 more cakes on either side directly on tray; place small candle in centre of each.

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 287 pro 4g total fat 13g sat. fat 8g
carb 40g fibre 1g chol 60mg sodium 311mg

% RDI:

calcium 5 iron 8 vit A 12 vit C 3
folate 13
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