Sunday, February 28, 2010

HCB - Lemon Poppy Seed-Sour Cream Cake

This week's recipe for the Heavenly Cake Bakers is none other than the Lemon Poppy Seed-Sour Cream Cake. If you like lemon-flavored cakes, you will absolutely love this cake. Not only is there tons of lemon zest in the batter, but after the cake is baked, it's brushed liberally with lemon syrup.

This butter cake is a breeze to put together. The difference between this cake and a traditional butter cake is that besides butter, this cake also has a "healthy" dose of sour cream for a little tang. The poppy seeds lend a nice crunchiness to the cake.


While the cake is still hot, it's brushed liberally on all sides with a quick lemon syrup for more lemon flavor. Who would complain about that? Not me!

For best flavor, wrap the cake in plastic wrap to give the cake and the lemon syrup a chance to get to know each other a little better. Trust me, your patience will be rewarded!


And here it is: a slice of moist and lemony goodness. The cake has a fine crumb. Its texture is somewhat dense but very tender at the same time. It just melts in your mouth. The buttery flavor comes through as well. It's like the lemon and butter are in harmony in this cake. I also love the look of the golden brown crust and the poppy seeds. I have only one word for this cake: delicious!

Final thoughts/tips:
  • Hubby and I loved this cake. We loved it so much that our "one slice" rule went right out the window.
  • So far, this cake is my favorite non-chocolate cake from Rose's Heavenly Cakes. The Whipped Cream Cake is a close second :o)
  • I made one change and one change only: replace 2 Tbsp of butter with 2 Tbsp of neutral oil to keep the cake extra moist.
  • On a funny note: my boss said this was the best cake I've ever made. Only one thing could make it even better: a nice layer of lemon curd. You can tell, he really likes lemon! :o)


  1. It looks perfect! This cake is a definite winner.

  2. Thanks for dropping by on my blog.
    And I will have to say, that your blog is the worst blog ever if you are pregnant. Because I love to bake, and I love cakes. And I currently love it even more.
    So now I am drooling all over my keyboard. Thanks. :-)

  3. Love your beautiful cake! Show your boss my site! I used lemon curd! LOL

  4. While I love lemon (cakes, cookies, bars) I have never tried it with poppy seed. The cake looks delicious!

  5. I'll have to try the oil substitution, because my only wish was that the cake was just a touch moister/richer.

  6. This is also my fave cake in the book too! :)

  7. I like the idea of your oil substitution. Will make a note of that. The color of you cake turned out perfect!!!!!!!!!!

    I can't wait for my next slice - it's so yummy!


  8. Love your idea of the oil substitution! This cake was a hit at our house, too. And I think you boss is right -- lemon curd would be superb with this cake. No such thing as too much lemon in my book!

  9. the crust and crumb on your cake is so lovely! there's never too much lemon, in my opinion :)

  10. I do love lemon cakes-they are the best with hot tea. Yours looks great, which reminds me that I need a bundt pan. Nice Hanaa!

  11. Hi - Thanks for leaving your comment on my blog suggesting this cake! I will certainly make it after the whipped cream cake, and will use se 2T oil trick. Love your elegant bundt pan shape too. I am headed out tomo to acquire one since it has been a long time since I have used one. Can't wait.

  12. I love lemon poppy seed anything..this looks so delicious!


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