Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Cake


1.14.10 by sarah

Yesterday, the temperature broke 35 degrees.  I’ve never been so excited about weather below 70 degrees in my life.  Laugh all you want, but the past two weeks have been unbearably cold — I didn’t leave my house without two pairs of stockings, pants, layers of shirts and sweaters, and my unbelievably heavy coat.  It’s a shame my ghetto-fabulous boots broke last weekend, because they really helped keep my legs warm.
Anyway, the non-freezing weather called for a celebration: something citrusy, because the above-freezing landmark rekindled my excitement for warm weather (which I know I will complain about once the Atlantic humidity invades our nation’s capitol.  Fresh, easy, lemony, poppy seed cake!

1-1/8 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Zest of two small lemons
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs (or 3 small ones)
Powdered sugar for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grease the cake pan of choice (I used a 4 x 9″ pan to make a shallow cake).  I like to cut out a piece of parchment paper to fit the shape of the bottom of the cake pan — that way, the cake pops right out.
Sift the flour, sugar, and salt together until evenly mixed in a medium-sized mixing bowl.  Stir in the poppy seeds and lemon zest, then beat the eggs in a separate bowl.  Add the eggs and butter to the dry ingredients, and beat with an electric mixer until evenly mixed.  Transfer the batter into the cake pan, and bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes, or until you can poke the center of the cake with a toothpick and have it come out clean.
While the cake is baking, juice the lemons you used for zesting into a small saucepan.  Heat on low, and add about once cup of granualted sugar to the juice, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved.  After the cake has cooled, pour the syrup over the top of the cake, letting it drip down the sides.  Then, garnish with powdered sugar.


  • meemz

    This looks so simple!! Im going to tryit this wkend!! yay for poppy seed!! yummmmmmmyy

  • Kristen

    Is this in our kitchen? It's on like Donkey Kong upon my return this evening…

  • Sarah Jane

    This cake looks so delicious and makes me think about home, too… I love your blog, Sarah! :) -Other Sarah

  • Harry

    commenting on this blog now is so uncool. what, poppy seed cake? WHERE?!

  • sarah marie

    Harry, this has been in the kitchen for a whole day. I'm leaving you a slice and bringing the rest to work :)

  • Diana

    The bit about your ghetto fabulous boots breaking made me burst out laughing, considering that I know what they look like..

    This lemon seed poppy cake looks so delicious, but could you recommend something I can bake in my perfect brownie maker??

    Love the new layout too.

  • christopher

    yes, i second the love for the new layout… but more importantly, i do NOT love that im forced to look at these pics and read about this delicious lemon poppy seed cake, but i cant taste it. please give me a slice before i am forced to give the blog 2 thumbs down!

  • Cari

    i effed my muffins up. GIANT surprise. so basically all was good except the glaze part on the muffins=gross. it kinda soaked down into the sides and bottom and was weird. the ones i didn't attempt to glaze were delightful.

  • len

    Looks delicious and btw I fully understand your desire for warmer weather, I am stuck under 30 cm of snow and -8C for more than 3 weeks now. I will celebrate the spring with your cake :)

  • sarah marie

    Diana: get funfetti mix, add 1/3 cup cocoa powder for chocolate funfetti cake =)

    Chris: circumstance has kept me away from your house… namely kristen and snowmageddon. We will unite in culinary bliss soon, I promise.

    Cari: haha, maybe the glaze on individual muffins is too tart. On a loaf though, it's amazing. A roommate of mine texted me to call it "orgasm in his mouth," so have faith!

    Len: ugh, I spent the past week in DC being pelted with a record breaking blizzard… I am ready for spring and summer and barbecues!

  • Cari

    so you know how my batch of muffins werent so good? i think they needed baking powder because i just made a batch of regular poppy seed muffins (with baking powder) and they were a lot better. did you really not use any baking powder or soda in this loaf thing?

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