Lemon Poppy-Seed Cake

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Lemon Poppy-Seed Cake

Lemon Poppy-Seed Cake

We love that Bundt cakes don’t demand frosting—just let a sweet lemon glaze run over the poppy-seed cake and you’ve got perfection.

Serves 16

Prep Time 30 min

Total Time 75 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour, (see Note)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds,, toasted (see Tip)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk, (see Tip)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature (see Tip)
  • 2 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon water

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 12-cup Bundt pan, preferably nonstick, with cooking spray and dust with flour (or use cooking spray with flour).

Step 2

Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Combine buttermilk, oil, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice in a glass measuring cup.

Step 3

Beat eggs, egg whites and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until thickened and pale, about 5 minutes.

Step 4

Fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture with a rubber spatula, a third at a time, alternating with 2 additions of the buttermilk mixture. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly.

Step 5

Bake the cake until the top springs back when touched lightly and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Step 6

To prepare glaze: Sift 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar into a small bowl; mix with lemon juice and water to create a thin glaze. Poke 1-inch-deep holes all over the cake with a skewer. Coat the warm cake with the glaze using a pastry brush. Let cool completely. To serve, set the cake on a serving plate and dust with confectioners’ sugar.


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