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Grandma’s Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

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


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


  • 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 in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For drizzle, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, water and lemon juice; drizzle over cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 320 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 335mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.
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  • NanZim
    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
    Mar 31, 2015

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

  • Sprowl
    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
    Jan 18, 2013

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

  • NanaShar
    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...

  • ANN23GER
    Feb 9, 2012

    No comment left

  • MaryThompson
    Feb 6, 2012

    good - simple

  • SarahChuck
    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
    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
    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!