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Poppy Seed Easter Cake Recipe

Poppy Seed Easter Cake Recipe

A few years ago, this cake became our traditional Easter dinner dessert. It's so much fun to decorate...and so delicious to eat! —Gena Aschleman, West Columbia, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:14-16 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 8 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • Green food coloring
  • 1/2 cup jelly beans


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the sour cream, milk, lemon juice, peel and vanilla; add to creamed mixture. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture and beat just until combined. Stir in poppy seeds (batter will be thick).
  • 2. Transfer to three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  • 3. For frosting, in a bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar. Beat in enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Place 1 cup of frosting in a small bowl and tint pale green; set aside.
  • 4. To assemble, place one cake layer on a serving plate; frost top with white frosting. Repeat. Top with remaining cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting.
  • 5. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert round tip No. 3. Fill bag with green frosting. Write "Happy Easter" on top of cake. With multi-opening or grass tip No. 233, pipe green frosting on top of cake to resemble a bird's nest. Pipe green frosting around top edge of cake. Place jelly beans in nest. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 14-16 servings.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: A coupler and round tip No. 2 may be used in place of multi-opening tip No. 233.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 786 calories, 38g fat (23g saturated fat), 157mg cholesterol, 585mg sodium, 106g carbohydrate (81g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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atticus User ID: 3489329 54836
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2012

"This cake was so good. It has an interesting taste which everyone just loved."

nbuckels User ID: 1590305 54835
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2010

"This cake was beautiful and tasted good, too. It was a perfect addition to our family Easter get-together!"

kathyguerra User ID: 3374564 205537
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2009

"Absolutely delicious -- festive and easy to make. Mine did not look as pretty as the one pictured, but that did not stop it from being devoured."

divadelicious User ID: 3737640 47630
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2009

"This was an excellent cake. easy to decorate. It is a very large cake with the layers but feed a lot when you slice it thin. I will use this dessert now as our family tradition. Thank you for sharing. Chrissy from Canada."

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