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Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

If you are a lover of all things lemon, don’t let this recipe pass you by. This zesty lemon poppy seed cake is so good, it’s going to quickly become your favorite lemon treat!

Course Dessert
Keyword lemon poppy seed cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8


For Cake:

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1 3.4 oz lemon pudding mix
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds

For Glaze:

  • 1 packet lemon icing mix (included with cake mix)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon zest optional


To Bake Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bundt pan and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl whisk together the cake mix and the pudding mix. 

  3. Add canola oil, eggs, yogurt, and warm water and mix until all ingredients are well combined. Stir in poppy seeds.

  4. Pour cake batter into prepared bundt pan and bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Allow to cool 20 minutes in pan before inverting cake onto a cooling rack.

To Make Glaze:

  1. Mix together lemon icing mix, powdered sugar, lemon juice and milk. (You may need to add more milk to get a glaze that is pourable.) Drizzle glaze over cool cake and top with lemon zest. 

  2. Store covered at room temperature.