If you enjoy lemon desserts, you will love this luscious Lemon Poppy Seed Cake!  

While the cake is warm, you poke holes and drizzle the lemon juice mixed with sugar all over both sides of the cake. YUMMY!




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I prepared this Lemon Poppy Seed Cake and her Three Cheese Scalloped Potatoes.  Both of these recipes were delicious.  Debbie’s Christmas cookbook categories include:

  • Merry Morning Breakfast
  • Christmas Tea
  • Appetizers
  • Christmas and Christmas Eve Dinner
  • Desserts
  • Gifts
  • Cooking with Grandma
  • Easy Family Dinners

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Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Prep Time5 hrs 25 mins
Cook Time5 hrs 25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Recipesforourdailybread


  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup poppy seeds
  • One tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • One tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1-1/3 cups plus one tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 - 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • Three large eggs at room temperature
  • Two teaspoons vanilla extract
  • GLAZE -
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice about two lemons
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Butter and flour a nine by 5-inch loaf pan.
  • Stir together sour cream, poppy seeds, lemon zest, lemon juice, & lemon extract.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour & baking soda.
  • In a large bowl use electric mixer beat butter and sugar until light and blended.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  • Add in vanilla.
  • Alternate the flour and the sour cream into the butter and sugar mixture.
  • Beat until just blended. Do Not Over Mix.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Transfer to a wired rack and cook for 10 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan over low heat, warm juice, and sugar until sugar dissolves into a syrup.
  • Invert cake onto wire rack. Using a toothpick, poke holes all over the cake: Brush with some of the syrup. Set cake right side up, pokes holes in the top of cake and brush with remaining syrup. Cool completely on the rack.


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