Confession: I love lemon (almost as much as I love chocolate). And I love cake. If you share these loves, then you will adore this cake! It is a wonderful, moist, lemony cake with a little bit of a twist on your typical lemon poppy seed cake. While it starts off with a cake mix, there are a few extra additions that make this cake something special. It is so easy to prepare, and it is delicious! What more could you ask for?!
Last night, I whipped this bad boy up and took it to work today for my coworker’s birthday. I came home with just one little sliver of cake for Honey to try, so evidently it was enjoyed by all. Try this cake. I guarantee you will love it. In fact, I’m so sure you’ll love it that I will make you a deal. If you make this cake, and don’t enjoy it wildly, I will come over and eat it for you.
Enough talk. Here’s the recipe.
Lemon Poppy Seed Cake (from Winners)
To start, mix together 1/4 cup of poppy seeds with 1/4 cup of milk and let soak in the fridge overnight. (I have been in a hurry with this recipe before and have just let the poppy seeds soak for half an hour before, and it’s turned out just fine).
Then, in a large mixing bowl, add:
1 box of lemon cake mix (ie. Betty Crocker)
1 3-ounce package of instant vanilla pudding
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup of warm water
Mix the ingredients together well using an electric mixer. Add the poppy seed mixture and mix well. Set aside for a moment. In a small bowl, mix together the spice mixture – 1 TBSP. each of cocoa, cinnamon, and white sugar. Next, grease and flour a bundt pan. Pour in a little bit of batter, then sprinkle on a layer of the spice mixture. Repeat the process several times, alternating the batter and the spice mixture until everything is in the bundt pan. Bake at 350F for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool, and then turn the cake out of the pan. Mix together 3 TBSP. fresh lemon juice with 6 TBSP. white sugar, and drizzle over the cake (the lemon drizzle really boosts the lemon flavor and gives it a lovely tang). Now, try not to eat the entire cake in one sitting. With company, it would definitely be possible. Happy eating!