I know it’s spring, and I should be straying away from citrus and moving towards rhubarb, but I made this lemon poppy seed Bundt cake last week and wanted to share it. It’s a recipe inspired by a wonderful Bundt cake from Yossy’s book, but I swapped regular lemons for Meyer, and cream cheese for sour cream. I also swirled in some poppy seeds and lemon curd for good measure.
I really love this Bundt with the cream cheese, and have a few more variations planned with the base recipe (my family raved about it for days, and thought it was better each passing day, which was a win-win) so stay tuned for those.
A few things:
*If you live in Minneapolis, come join me and Radio Cherry Bombe at The Lynhall on the future of food tour! Kerry Diamond will moderate the panel, which will be recorded for a future episode of their podcast, talking about what’s next in the food world. I’ll be speaking, along with Pakou Hang, Jamie Malone, and Lachelle Cunningham. You can buy tickets here!
*I’m looking forward to:
Seeing Jeremy Enigk perform Return of the Frog Queen
A whole summer reading PG Wodehouse (I’m addicted now – I don’t know if I love Blandings Castle or Wooster and Jeeves more. It switches with each book.)
(Sources: Bundt Pan | Nordic Ware)
Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake Recipe
Inspired/Adapted from Sweeter Off the Vine by Yossy Arefi.
Note: You can omit the lemon curd, but the cake won’t be quite as lemon-y. The cake holds well for several days (I prefer it on the second and third day).
3 cups (600g) granulated sugar
Zest from 2 lemons
3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 cup (227g) unsalted butter
6 ounces (170g) cream cheese
6 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup (8oz) lemon curd (I used store bought, but if you want to make your own, check out Zoe’s recipe here.)
2 medium lemons
3 cups (360g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
To make the cake
Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 325ºF (160ºC). Butter and flour a 10-inch tube or Bundt pan very thoroughly.
Scrub the lemons with warm soapy water to remove any excess wax, then dry the fruit. Put the sugar into a medium bowl and zest the lemon directly into the sugar. Use your fingers to rub the zest into the sugar until evenly distributed and fragrant.
Sift the flour, baking soda, salt, and poppy seeds together in a bowl. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, mix the butter and cream cheese on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Add the sugar and zest mixture and turn the mixer up to medium high. Mix for 3-5 minutes, making sure to scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula periodically. The butter and sugar should be light, fluffy, and fragrant.
Add the eggs one at a time, mixing for about 30 seconds after each addition. Periodically stop the mixer and scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl to ensure even mixing. Add the vanilla and mix until combined.
On low speed, add the milk, followed by half the flour mixture, and mix until just combined. Add the lemon juice, and then the remaining flour mixture, and mix until just combined. Remove the bowl from the mixer and give the mixture a few more turns with a spatula to make sure it’s combined completely. Pour half the batter into the prepared pan. Take 1/2 cup lemon curd and drop it in circles over the cake batter. Using an offset spatula or butter knife, drag the lemon curd through the top of the batter, making swirls. Top with the remaining half of the cake batter, and repeat the swirls with the remaining 1/2 cup of the lemon curd. Tap the pan lightly on the counter to remove any large air bubbles.
Bake the cake until it is golden and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 60 to 75 minutes, depending on the pan. Let the cake cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then carefully unmold it onto a rack to cool a bit more before glazing.
To make the glaze
Zest and juice the lemons. Add the zest, confectioners’ sugar, and a pinch of salt to a bowl. Whisk in about 6 tablespoons of the lemon juice. You want the glaze to be thick, but pourable. If the glaze seems too thick to pour, add a few more drops of lemon juice.
When the cake has mostly cooled, use a skewer to poke a few holes into its surface. Drizzle half of the glaze on top of the cake, let it soak in for about 20 minutes, then whisk the remaining glaze until smooth and pour it over the top of the cake. Let the glaze set for a few minutes before serving.