Poppy Seed Easter Cake Recipe

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Poppy Seed Easter Cake
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  • 1-1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups (16 oz) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 tbsp grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • frosting:
  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 8 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tbsp 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.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1331.85 Kcal (5576 kJ)
Calories from fat 303.17 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33.69g 52%
Cholesterol 131.23mg 44%
Sodium 275.68mg 11%
Potassium 149.46mg 3%
Total Carbs 248.14g 83%
Sugars 157.39g 630%
Dietary Fiber 0.61g 2%
Protein 9.95g 20%
Vitamin C 2.7mg 4%
Vitamin A 0.4mg 12%
Iron 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 106.9mg 11%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 349.8 Kcal (1465 kJ)
Calories from fat 79.62 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.85g 52%
Cholesterol 34.47mg 44%
Sodium 72.4mg 11%
Potassium 39.26mg 3%
Total Carbs 65.17g 83%
Sugars 41.34g 630%
Dietary Fiber 0.16g 2%
Protein 2.61g 20%
Vitamin C 0.7mg 4%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 12%
Iron 0.1mg 3%
Calcium 28.1mg 11%

* 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

  • 29.3
  • 36

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium

Bad Points

  • High in Sugar

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