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Poppy Seed Citrus Cake Recipe

Poppy Seed Citrus Cake Recipe

“My youngest daughter loves anything with lemon and this is her favorite cake," writes Charolette Westfall from Houston, Texas. "It's refreshing and a delight for spring! Also perfect for Easter and easy to pack for early picnics.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 package lemon cake mix (regular size)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/3 cups orange juice
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, orange juice and oil; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Fold in the poppy seeds, lemon and orange peel.
  • 2. Pour into a well-greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 3. In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar and orange juice until smooth. Drizzle over warm cake. Sprinkle with lemon and orange peels. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 369 calories, 14g fat (3g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 290mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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TheDix User ID: 607421 154018
Reviewed May. 7, 2013

"Moist, very delicious. Loved by my craft group this morning."

ossamayomommma User ID: 5733009 166718
Reviewed May. 10, 2011

"My family loves lemon so making this for a mothers day brunch was a no brainer. Excellent the only ingredient I added was some Penzy pure lemon extract to the cake batted and glaze."

wendy75309 User ID: 4968355 169350
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"My family loves this cake, they ask for it all the time. My 17 year old who does not like cake even ask me to make it."

LBrouse User ID: 2574118 168508
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2010

"What a lovely summer cake! I made it without poppy seeds and it was just delicious. My husband loved it and took a slice in his lunch every day till it was gone! Then he asked me to make more."

KrisMc User ID: 2123492 97506
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2009

"Minus the poppy seeds, we call this Orange Cooler cake. It's been a family favorite for 30 yrs!!!!"

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