Moist Lemon Poppy Seed Cake – a German Cake Recipe


This recipe for my moist Lemon Poppy Seed Cake is one of my most cherished German cake recipes. You will love this simple and delicious crowd pleaser. 

Old-Fashioned Moist German Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

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This easy Old-Fashioned German Lemon Poppy Seed Cake is THE BEST BUNDT CAKE EVER!

This Lemon Poppy Seed Cake is one of the cakes I love to make when winter turns into spring. When you still dare to indulge in a big slice of bundt cake but are already craving fresher, brighter flavours.

Now, there are plenty of Lemon Poppy Seed Cake Recipes out there, but this one is different. First off, you can tell that it’s a German recipe – just look at the amount of poppy seeds!

How all us poppy seed-loving Germans don’t have black stuff between our teeth all the time, is a miracle.

Honestly, I sometimes believe that to be the reason for Germans not smiling more in public.

We’re not unfriendly, we just can’t show our teeth when we walk out of a bakery (we go to bakeries a lot, a lot lot).

Old fashioned German Poppy Seed Bundt Cake - overhead shot

Second, this German Poppy Seed Cake is seriously moist. And yes, I am totally using this word. I am German, I know way worse sounding words, believe me. This one is just fine.

The moistness of this old-fashioned German bundt cake comes from the decadent amount of ground poppy seeds and all the freshly squeezed lemon juice we add to the bundt cake batter.

Moist German Poppy Seed Cake with Lemon Glaze on a cake plate

I usually make the lemon glaze while my German Poppy Seed Cake bakes and spoon a couple of tbsp over the freshly baked bundt cake as soon as it comes out of the oven.

So, this is also kind of a Lemon Drizzle Cake! SO.DANG.GOOD!

I find, that the leftover glaze is just enough to decorate the lemon poppy seed cake. If you want more lemon glaze, just add another 100 g powdered sugar and 1 tbsp lemon juice.

a slice of Moist German Poppy Seed Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze

Tips for making this German Poppy Seed Cake recipe: 

  • We are using lemon zest for this recipe, so make sure you remove pesticides from your lemons. To do so, fill a large bowl with about 4 parts water to 1 part white vinegar. Soak your lemons along with some other veggies or fruit you’d like to clean in this mixture for at least 20 minutes. Rinse well with water.
  • For best results, get whole poppy seeds from the bulk section of your grocery store and grind them in your food processor.
  • Make sure your butter and eggs are at room temperature!
  • Note that my German Lemon Poppy Seed Cake tastes best after it has had a good rest. It really tastes best after about 2 days.
  • You can store it in a cake container at room temperature, where it will get more and more delicious day by day. If you feel that you might need to store it for more than 5 to 6 days, I recommend putting it in the fridge after a couple of days at room temperature.

 

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German Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

This recipe for my moist Lemon Poppy Seed Cake is one of my most cherished German cake recipes. You will love this simple and delicious crowd pleaser. 

Course cake, Dessert
Cuisine German
Keyword German Poppy Seed Cake, old-fashioned poppy seed cake, poppy seed bundt cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 portions
Calories 150 kcal
Author Kiki Johnson

Ingredients

  • zest of 1 Lemon
  • 200 g sugar
  • 200 g butter at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 300 g AP flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder 15 g
  • 2 tbsp vodka rum or milk
  • 75 ml lemon juice
  • 200 g ground poppy seeds see notes
  • 2 tbsp sugar

For the glaze

  • 200 g powdered sugar
  • 2 -3 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Grate the lemon zest directly into the sugar and rub it into the sugar, using your fingertips, for about 1 or 2 minutes.
  2. Beat the butter and lemon sugar for about 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla and beat in 1 egg after the other. Mix baking powder and flour in a bowl and add to the batter, stirring just until the flour is incorporated.
  3. Halve the batter and add vodka, rum or milk to one part. Stir lemon juice, poppy seeds and 2 tbsp of sugar into the other.
  4. Line a bundt pan with butter and flour. Spread light cake batter in the pan. Make a deep groove in the center of the batter by spreading batter up the sides of the pan. Spoon poppyseed batter in the groove. With a small spoon, gently swirl the two batters in small circular movements to create a marbled effect.
  5. Bake at 150 Celsius convection - 302 F for about 60 Minutes.
  6. Make the glaze by whisking the lemon juice into the powdered sugar.
  7. Spoon a couple of tablespoons of the glaze onto the hot cake as soon as it comes out of the oven.

  8. Let the cake cool in pan, before unmoulding it. Drizzle with the remaining lemon glaze and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

You can get whole poppy seeds and grind them in your food processor.
The cake tastes best after about 2 days, as it needs some time to rest in order to develop its full aroma. Store it in a plastic container at room temperature for up to a week. If you store it in the fridge, it keeps up to 2 weeks.

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3 Comments

  1. Hach ja, Kiki, deine Beschreibung ist wieder sowas von herrlich mouthwatering!
    Und es passt so verdammt gut, weil ich gerade den Geschmack von meinem Faschings Havanna Cola mit Zitronenspritzer im Mund habe ?
    Liebe Grüße,
    Kathi <3

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