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Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake is made using only 6 ingredients and they're all mixed together easily in a single bowl. It comes out of the oven perfectly baked, moist, delicious and ready to serve! Great for week night dessert and also great party fare.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 217kcal
Author: Megan


  • 15.25 oz. yellow cake mix or lemon
  • 5.1 oz. vanilla instant pudding mix or lemon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice or milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and generously coat a bundt pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, applesauce, poppy seeds, 1/2 cup lemon juice and water and mix well with a spoon. Pour into the prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes.
  • Let cool 5 minutes, loosen sides with a butter knife and invert pan onto a serving plate to remove from pan.
  • While cake is cooling, make the glaze. Combine the powdered sugar and 2 tbsp lemon juice (or milk) in a medium bowl and stir until smooth. When cake has completely cooled, drizzle the glaze over top of the cake. Serve immediately!


  • Increase the lemon flavor in Lemon Poppyseed Cake by replacing yellow cake mix with a lemon variety. You can also replace the vanilla pudding mix with lemon flavored pudding mix.
  • Bake time may vary by 5 minutes depending on your oven, so start checking at the 40-minute mark.
  • To dress up the cake even more, sprinkle lemon zest over the glaze before serving.
  • One of the perks of this recipe is that you don't need to get out a mixer. If you prefer to use a mixer, use the paddle attachment and mix until just moist and combined.


Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 361mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 79IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 1mg
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