Lemon Poppy Seed Cake Recipe

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Lemon Poppy Seed Cake
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  • 1/3 cup poppy seed
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil


  1. In a bowl, combine the poppy seeds, lemon zest, and milk. Set aside to soak for at least 1 hour or refrigerated overnight. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 6-cup loaf pan with wax paper. In a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (or using a hand mixer), whip the eggs and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift the dry ingredients together. With the mixer running, drizzle the oil, vanilla extract, and almond extract into the egg mixture. With the mixer still running, add alternating batches of dry ingredients and poppy seed-milk mixture to the egg mixture. The batter will be somewhat thin. Pour into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake 1 to 1 1/4 hours, until the center is raised and cracked and the whole cake is firm and dry on the top. Avoid opening the oven while baking. Do not under-bake or the cake will fall. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and continue cooling before serving.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 374.91 Kcal (1570 kJ)
Calories from fat 190.14 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21.13g 33%
Cholesterol 27.69mg 9%
Sodium 579.39mg 24%
Potassium 227.14mg 5%
Total Carbs 42.64g 14%
Sugars 15.88g 64%
Dietary Fiber 3.62g 14%
Protein 5.43g 11%
Vitamin C 0.3mg 0%
Iron 2.2mg 12%
Calcium 221.9mg 22%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 361.59 Kcal (1514 kJ)
Calories from fat 183.39 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20.38g 33%
Cholesterol 26.71mg 9%
Sodium 558.8mg 24%
Potassium 219.07mg 5%
Total Carbs 41.13g 14%
Sugars 15.31g 64%
Dietary Fiber 3.49g 14%
Protein 5.24g 11%
Vitamin C 0.2mg 0%
Iron 2.1mg 12%
Calcium 214mg 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 8.5
  • 10

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • good source of fiber

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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