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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

lemon and poppyseed....take 2

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I had a craving tonight, I'll confess it.

I wanted fresh baking. At first I thought I wanted chocolate cake....but couldn't find a quick, easy recipe. Then I thought I wanted a coffee cake....but no go.

And then I found an awesome recipe for lemon poppyseed cake. I had no intentions whatsoever of blogging this, so no progress photos, unfortunately.....but it's SO GOOD. I ate a quarter of it, and the only thing that's stopping me from eating the rest will be hubs' scorn and derision when he gets home to find I've not only baked a cake, but also eaten it too....

If you like lemons and poppyseeds, you should make it. The batter is strange (very dry), but it bakes up very nicely, so don't worry.

Fast, Easy Lemon Poppyseed Cake
more uses for lemons and poppyseeds
(for the record, if you can hold yourself back a little longer than I did, and NOT try to cut a warm cake on a cooling rack, your cake will probably hold together a lot good.........)

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (I used cake flour because I'm out of all purpose)
1 teaspoon baking powder
zest of 1 lemon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar (I used vanilla sugar)
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons poppy seeds

1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 t vanilla

1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F. Butter a 9-inch round cake pan.

2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, lemon zest, and salt in a bowl.

3. Beat together butter and granulated sugar in another bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.

4. Beat in eggs until combined. Reduce speed to low, then add flour mixture and poppy seeds and mix until just combined (batter is thick and does not pour)

5. Transfer batter to cake pan, smoothing top, and bake until a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean and top is golden brown, about 30 minutes. (I baked mine 27 minutes)

Cool cake in pan on a rack 5 minutes, then invert onto rack.Whisk together confectioners sugar, vanilla and lemon juice in a bowl until smooth. Pour glaze over warm cake, spreading it with a spatula to drizzle over edge. Put a plate under the rack unless you'd like to lick the glaze off your counter.

Let stand until glaze is set, about 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. It is freaking FANTASTIC warm. I really want to eat the rest of the cake.....

Thanks for reading!


kickpleat said...

mmm, that looks so good! i've never had a poppyseed cake and i think that's got to change!

Kelly said...

That cake looks delicious, I will try it fo' sho'. But I just wanted to say that I think it's hilarious that you want to eat an entire cake....very funny stuff! :-)

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you're back to blogging! Can't wait to try a few!

(old WBer)

Kim said...

Hi Leslie..
So glad you're back..I've missed reading your blog while I'm at work ;)

Congrats on the little one as well..this cake sounds yummy..I have to go to a baby shower this weekend, do you think it would work out ok as muffins, or mini muffins?
Kim from Toronto...

Lesley said...

This one looks yummy, and relatively easy. I'm not a big baker, but I'm printing this out to try at the next dinner party/potluck.

Did your cake really bake that flat? mine always rises like a dome.. is it the cake flour that helps?

Deborah said...

I'm a total lemon lover, and I'm sure I could eat this whole thing myself!

Brittany said...

I probably would eat that whole cake and just not tell my husband it ever existed...and I'm not even preggers- you've got a valid excuse!!

Andreea said...

i am so making this. and then eating it all up :)

Lannen said...

Yum! Have you tried "Poppy Love" cake in Eat, Shrink, & Be Merry? I'm curious how the two cakes compare. The glaze on this one looks like an excellently yummy addition!

~ Jennifer

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Ellie @ Kitchen Wench said...

Oh man, I'm half delirious with a fever at the moment, but I'm making that tonight. Well, probably tomorrow, after a good night's sleep ;)

Jennifer said...

Yummy! Thanks so much for posting that recipe. I love lemon and poppyseed cake and so does my family. I'll be sure to try this out for Mother's Day dinner this weekend.

Trulie Scrumptious said...

Been lurking for awhile and enjoying your blog...Lemon anything is yummy and poppyseeds are just the perfect combination.

Gloria said...

Im making this cake right now!!! I will tell you have let mine I hope so lovely how yours!!!! Nice and yummy recipe!! Gloria

Gloria said...

Dear Leslie you don't know me but I try this lovely recipe of this cake and post and comments at my blog if you want to see. Was a tag that I have to choose some recipes to try and I try this, I love it!!!!xxxGloria

deLa said...

i tagged you to play in the "look what i made" game. see my blog for details

avra said...

Aaah, someone else who gets cravings for baking! Here's one of my favorites:

I'll be coming back to your blog and trying out some of the other recipes for sure.

Congrats on upcoming baby! Did you know that dark chocolate is a valid source of iron?

PS remember me from media relations class? I was the one who tried to recruit you for Kids Help Phone. Funny story how I found you online... ;-)

Jackie said...

I read your blog regularly - always entertaining and we take a very similar approach to food/cooking, so I can trust your recipes. This lemon and poppyseed cake looks delish.

Just wanted to mention that I came across this list on chowhound today, in case you weren't already aware:

Tish and Brian said...

Thank you for this recipe! I made it tonight and it was SOOO good. I might eat the whole thing.

~Carly~ said...

Thanks for the will be perfect for the bbq we're going to!!

~Carly~ said...

I made this for a bbq on the weekend, and everyone loved it!!

It was so tasty!! Thanks for the recipe!!

_ts said...

Better get CSC (our resident mommy baker, hehe) on this! It should work well in a loaf form, right?

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver

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dinah34 said...

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Julia said...

Great blog! I am going to make that poppy seed cake.
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