Grandma's Lemon Poppy Seed Cake Recipe
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Grandma's Lemon Poppy Seed Cake Recipe

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“This is from a collection of family recipes. My granddaughter, Riley, likes that it tastes like lemons, but is sweet. It’s always moist and wonderful.”—Phyllis Harmon Nelson, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1 package lemon cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 320 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 335mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, water and oil; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Fold in poppy seeds. Transfer to a greased and floured 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. For drizzle, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, water and lemon juice; drizzle over cake. Yield: 15 servings.
Originally published as Grandma's Lemon Poppy Seed Cake in Taste of Home February/March 2011, p52

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NanZim User ID: 3929200 247605
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2016

"My husband prefers the from scratch cake recipe that I make for him, but he enjoys this cake too. It is easy to make and has a good lemon flavor. I have also used a lemon frosting instead of the glaze."

ellimaye1 User ID: 1179808 223873
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2015

"Quick and easy but way too much icing. You could halve it and have plenty."

Sprowl User ID: 29186 108931
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2013

"Great! For the drizzle I poke holes in cake just out of the oven and pour on. I don't use water in my drizzle."

captgeo5 User ID: 6856757 193728
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2013

"this cake is awesome if u like lemon you will love this cake , a must make for everybody"

NanaShar User ID: 7089643 181420
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013

"I have made many lemon poppy seed breads, cakes etc but this one is amazing and easy...I made this recipe muffin form and my husband went crazy..a new favorite for him..."

MaryThompson User ID: 831135 131277
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"good - simple"

SarahChuck User ID: 6103612 192674
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"This cake is deliciously moist inside with a lightly crisp outside. We like to make it in a bundt pan best."

webesmiley User ID: 1150323 190177
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2011

"So easy and so tasty!! I did use a bundt pan (greased and floured) and baked for ~50 minutes. Beautiful! It's a keeper!"

luwhite User ID: 2933500 113502
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2011

"I have made this recipe several times and it is excellent each time. It makes about 2 dozen cupcakes. This is one of the most requested recipes at all the gatherings. I like to use only lemon juice and powdered sugar for the glaze. Gives it a great sweet tart bite. Yummo!"

cdeanda User ID: 5601860 191235
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2011

"I make this recipe all the time! My friends and family all love the cake, and the icing is just as big a hit. Easy and simple to put together, it's great for muffins too. Makes about 2.5 - 3 dozen."

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