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Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

This easy Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt cake from scratch is beautiful, flavorful, and moist.  It's topped with a sweet lemon glaze that's the perfect final touch.  Perfect for breakfast or dessert.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8


  • Bundt pan
  • large mixing bowl
  • measuring cup(s)
  • measuring spoons
  • zester
  • Electric mixer
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Wire cake rack



  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest, preferably organic
  • Non-stick cooking spray


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/8 cup whole milk* *Add additional milk a little at a time, if necessary, to reach desired consistency
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Prepare a standard-sized Bundt pan by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the vanilla, eggs, lemon juice, and sour cream and mix until smooth.
  • Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, poppy seeds, and lemon zest in a separate bowl. Add dry ingredients slowly to the wet ingredients and mix until smooth.
  • Transfer the cake batter into the prepared Bundt pan. Place in the pre-heated oven for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • While the cake is baking, prepare the lemon glaze by blending the ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth. Set aside.
  • Remove from oven and place hot pan on a wire rack to cool for 30-40 minutes. To serve, remove cake from pan and slice. Drizzle with some lemon glaze right before serving.


This cake will stay fresh for up to 3 days if left covered on your counter top.