Follow Blog via Email

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Subscribe to our Mailing List

Get the news right in your inbox!

Lemon Poppyseed Cake

January 17, 2012 in cakes - 3 Comments - 4 min read

Pacific Northwesterners love snow.  I say this because we don’t get it very often and it usually doesn’t last.  Yesterday was our first snow of the season, and it was a very light dusting.  My one-and-a-half-year-old son was intrigued by the large white stuff floating down from the sky and kept pointing out the window.  He was also licking the window pane, but that’s another story.

With the weather so cold and the wind so biting, I decided to make a summer-y cake, to make myself feel warm and fuzzy inside.  Plus, I just bought another 6-inch cake pan, and really wanted to make a cake for two.  This cake makes way more than two, but it’s so cute and little, and well, I’m a sucker for those things.  And I couldn’t have just one piece either, so it makes me feel better knowing it’s a small cake.

You can buy these small cake pans at any cake decorating store; I’ve even seen them at Jo-Anns and Michaels.  They cost around $5 apiece.  For the middle of the cake, I used a raspberry filling.  It might sound like an odd combination, but trust me, they work together perfectly.  (I have to admit, though, I cheated on the filling–I bought it at our local cake decorating store. Gasp!!  Anyway, you could cheat like me, or make your own.  Raspberry preserve would also work just fine.)

Some tips with this cake:

1.  Having a flat surface when filling and frosting a cake is really helpful and really easy.  You can use a long serrated knife to cut the top off of each cake, or you can use a cake leveler.  I am not good with knives, so I use a cake leveler–I have this and this, both from Wilton.  The more expensive one is for larger cakes, but both do the job just fine.

2. To make sure the filling doesn’t ooze out of the cake, create a dam.  Place some lemon buttercream in a piping bag with a #10 or #12 tip, and go around the top of the bottom layer of the cake.  Place the filling in the middle, using an off-set spatula to completely fill it in.

3.  Have a crumb coat.  All this means is that you create a messy, first coat, making sure the cake is evenly covered with frosting.  Place in the fridge until the frosting hardens a bit, then coat a second layer.  This traps in all the crumbs and creates a beautiful looking cake.

4.  Place wax paper pieces under the bottom of the cake (between the cake and the stand) when frosting.  If you’re like me, you’ll make a mess, and when you pull the pieces away from the cake, there won’t be any buttercream on the cake stand.  Make sure they are pieces tucked under the cake.  If you place a sheet of wax paper in-between the cake and stand, you won’t be able to get it off unless you lift the cake.

5.  If you want to be a bit fancy, pipe small dots around the top and bottom of the cake, using a #10 or #12 tip.

This cake has a subtle hint of lemon, with a richness of raspberries.  Make it today and dream of warmer weather. :)  Enjoy! xoxo

Lemon Poppyseed Cake

printable recipe

Cake

1 c cake flour

½ t baking powder

1/8 t salt

1 t poppyseeds

1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

1 c sugar

3 large eggs

1 t lemon extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease and flour two 6-inch round cake pans.  In a large bowl fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Add the sugar and continue beating, 2-3 minutes.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time, making sure the yolk is fully dissolved.  Add the lemon extract.

Slowly pour in the cake flour, baking powder, salt, and poppyseeds, and mix on low speed until fully incorporated.  Pour equal amounts of batter into each pan.  (The batter is a little thick.)  Use a spatula to move batter to edges and make even.

Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden and toothpick entered comes out clean.  Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes, then invert and cool completely.

Lemon Buttercream Frosting

Enough to create a crumb coat and second coat

3 sticks unsalted butter, room temp

4 cups powdered sugar, sifted

1 t vanilla extract

2 t lemon extract

Beat butter with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and creamy, about 2 minutes.  Reduce speed to medium.  Add sugar, ½ cup at a time, beating for 2 minutes after each addition.  Beat in the extracts.  Beat until buttercream is smooth.

Filling

Raspberry filling or preserve

Tools

Off-set spatula

Wax or parchment paper

Piping bag

#10 or #12 tip

Cake stand

To assemble the cake:  Cut the tops off of each cake with a cake leveler or a serrated knife.  Place one cake layer on a cake stand.   Tear off pieces of wax paper and place around the bottom of the cake, creating a layer between the cake and cake stand.  Fill the piping bag with some buttercream frosting.  Going around the edge of the cake, create a dam with the buttercream.

Place some raspberry filling on the center of the cake.  Using an off-set spatula, spread to the edges of the dam, adding more filling as needed to make sure frosting and filling are even.  Place the second layer cake on top.  To have a smooth, even top, flip the cake layer so the top is now touching the filling.

Create a crumb coat and place in the fridge 10-15 minutes to set up.  Frost the second layer, smoothing top and sides as needed.  For a decorative touch, using a piping bag, create “dots” around the top and bottom of the cake with a #10 or #12 tip.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container up to three days.

Cake Recipe Source: slightly adapted from The Kitchn; original recipe from Flo Braker

holly

Thanks for stopping by! I love baking and hope these recipes inspire you to create something wonderful in your kitchen. xoxo

All posts

3 Comments

  • Easter Desserts | Holly Bakes March 16, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    […] Lemon Poppyseed Cake–Light and sweet, this is a nice cake with a raspberry filling. Carrot Cake Cupcakes–These cupcakes are super moist and paired with a cream cheese frosting–yum! Decorated Easter Sugar Cookies–For a bit more of a challenge, you can make eggs, carrots, and bunnies.  If you want to know more about decorating, check out this post. Black and White Cupcakes–Chocolate and vanilla…what more can I say? Fondant Cupcake Toppers–These are fun and easy to make. […]

  • Easter Desserts | Sweet Desserts March 30, 2013 at 6:01 am

    […] Lemon Poppyseed Cake–Light and sweet, this is a nice cake with a raspberry filling. […]

  • Natalie January 17, 2012 at 6:20 am

    save me a bite!

  • Leave a Reply

    Follow Blog via Email

    Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Top Posts

    Owl Sugar Cookies {tutorial}
    Rose Cupcakes
    Llama Sugar cookies {tutorial}
    Valentine Unicorns [tutorial]
    Texas Sheet Cake {tutorial}

    About Me

    Hello and welcome! I am so glad you're here. On this blog you'll find recipes for delicious desserts and sugar cookie inspiration. Pull up a chair and stay awhile! Read More

    Holly

    Categories

    Instagram

    Daddy daughter dance at church last night. Grace was so excited she put her dress on as soon as she got home from school. I asked her to show me a dance move, and she said, “I just want to twirl.” Thanks @riverwestchurch_kids for creating a memorable night! Monster Bars! Super quick and easy dessert. Personally, I think they taste best in a bowl with vanilla ice cream. 😜 Recipe is on the blog!
#monsterbars #chocolatedessert #oatmeal Wednesday is the 100th day of school, so Grace is working on counting out 100 things. I think I am going to run out of tape before she gets to 100. 😳 #100daysofschool #school Writing letters to the kids they sponsor through Africa New Life. 💞#riverwestchurch #africanewlife Went out to get bubble tea and the kids were almost more excited to play in the balls than to drink boba! #funwithkids Making Cranberry Orange Bread with my favorite little man! @glorioustreats —I love your recipe!!! Sorting through the fresh cranberries to find the plump ones was a job Matthew was up to. 😜 #baking #bakersofinstagram #cranberries #cranberryorangebread #bakingwithkids

    Tags

    4th of july 6 inch cake 30 minute meals 1960s African American almond butter animal cookies animals apple apple bars apple orchard apples artichoke hearts autum autumn avocado baby baby boy baby carriage baby ruth baby shower baby shower cookies baking balls banana banana bread banana cake banana cupcakes banana pudding bananas bars basil beach Belgian waffles berries bib bird cookies bird sugar cookies bird themed birthday party birthday biscuit bittersweet chocolate bittersweet ganache blondies blt blueberries blueberry blueberry buttermilk pancakes blueberry cake blueberry syrup bookmarks books book shelf bread breakfast breakfast cookies breakfasts brownie cupcakes brownies brown sugar bugs bunny butter buttercream buttercream frosting butterfly cookies buttermilk buttermilk pancakes buttermilk scones cake cake balls cake pops cakes cakey topping camping candy candy bar caprese sandwiches caramel caramel apples caramel sauce cardstock carrot car sandwiches cheese cheesecake cheesecake bars cherry tomatoes chicken chicken noodle soup chicken soup chili chips chocoate chips chocolat desserts chocolate chocolate and peanut butter chocolate bars chocolate buttercream chocolate buttercream frosting chocolate caramel chocolate caramel apples chocolate chip chocolate chip cookies chocolate chip muffins chocolate chips chocolate chip scones chocolate cookies chocolate crust chocolate cupcake chocolate cupcakes chocolate curls chocolate frosting chocolate fudge chocolate peanut butter balls chocolate pudding chocolate sandwich cookies chocolate scones christmas christmas candy sugar cookies Christmas cupcakes christmas desserts Christmas menu Christmas sugar cookies Christmas tree sugar cookies cinnamon cinnamon cream cheese frosting citrus cocoa powder coconut coconut milk coffee coffee cake comfort food comfort soup conversation hearts cookbook cookbooks cookie dough cookies cookie salad cookie sandwiches cookie stencils cooking Cool Whip corn crafts cranberries cranberry cranberry bars cranberry cookies cranberry muffins cranberry oatmeal bars crayons cream cream cheese cream cheese dip cream cheese frosting cream cheese pound cake cream pie crepes crisp crumb crust cup cupcakes cupcake toppers curry dark chocolate chips dark chocolate cranberry cookies decorated sugar cookies decorating sugar cookies deli chicken dessert desserts dessert scones dinner dinosaur sugar cookies dinosaur themed birthday party dirt dirt cake double chocolate cookies dressing dried fruit Easter Easter cookies Easter cupcakes Easter desserts Easter treats edamame egg eggs egg salad egg sandwich elephant elephants energy espresso fall family farmers' market favorites fettuccine alfredo figs flower flowers fluffy sugar cookies fondant fondant toppers fox fox sugar cookies fresh fresh cranberries fresh mozzarella friends frosting frosting for the cause frozen fruit fudge fudge bars fudge frosting fudgy ganache garden giraffe girl baby shower girly cupcakes giveaway giveaways graham cracker graham cracker crust granola grateful gratitude green grilled cheese grilled cheese sandwiches growing up Haniela hat hawaiian pulled pork healthy healthy breaksfast heart cookies hearts heart sandwiches Heath bar Heath tidbits hedgehog hedgehog cookies herbs hole punch holiday baking holly berries homemade hot chocolate how-to hummingbird cupcakes hungry caterpillar ice box ice box pie ice cream Instant Pot interview jam jello dessert jello salad jelly jungle kitchen sink labrabull lace cookies ladybugs lasagna soup lavender lavender cookies lavender cupcakes lavender scones lemon lemon-blueberry lemon bars lemon buttercream lemon cookies lemon dressing lettuce life lime bars lime dessert limes lion llamas llama sugar cookies lollipop sticks make ahead make your own sugar cubes mandarin oranges mango marshmallow marshmallow fluff meat sauce memoir meringue cookies merry christmas Meyer lemons milk milkshakes mint mint buttercream mint chips mint cookies mint Oreo cookies misc. mittens mitten sugar cookies moist mom muffins neiman marcus cookies new adventure new year new york style cheesecake Nila Wafers noodle nut butter nuts oatmeal oatmeal bars oatmeal chocolate chip cookies oatmeal cookies oats olive oil ombre cake onesies orange orchard Oreo dessert oreos organizing owl owl cookies pancake pancakes parfaits Parmesan party pasta pastel peanut butter peanut butter balls peanut butter bars peanut butter cupcakes peanut butter cups peanut butter frosting peanut butter sauce pecan pecan crust pecan fudge bars pecans peppermint peppermint bark pesto picnic pie crust pineapple pink plain cheesecake poetry poppyseed potato potato salad pound cake powdered sugar powdered sugar icing pretzels pudding puff pancake pulled pork pulled pork bowls pumpkin pumpkin bars pumpkin cheesecake bars pumpkin pie puppy purple quesadillas quiche quick breakfast quinoa quinoa salad rainbow cake raspberries raspberry raspberry bars raspberry buttercream raspberry filling raspberry jam rattle recipes red red lightning red velvet cake resolutions rice ricotta cheese rolls roses royal icing royal icing cookies s'mores safety pins salad salad sandwiches sandwich sandwich cookies sandwiches sausage savory school scones shark cake sheet cake shortbread cookies snack snowflake sugar cookies soup spaghetti spice spice bars spring spring sugar cookies sprinkles sprouts St. Patricks Day Star Wars cookies Star Wars themed birthday party stories stork strawberries streusel topping stroller sugar cookie class sugar cookies sugar cookie tutorial sugar cubes sugar hearts summer sundae sushi sushi bowl sweet sweetened condensed milk sweets swirl cupcakes swirls swiss meringue buttercream teacher teaching tea pot thanksgiving tips toasted pecans tomato tomatoes tortillas tortilla strips traditions transportation truffle truffle cupcakes truffles truffles inside unicorn unicorn cookies ups and downs valentine valentine's Valentine's Cookies Valentine's Day valentine's day desserts vanilla vanilla buttercream frosting vanilla cupcake vanilla cupcakes vanilla custard vanilla frosting vanilla pudding vegetables views vinaigrette vinegrette waffles walnuts whimsical whipped ganache white chocolate white chocolate chip muffins white chocolate chips white chocolate cranberry cookies whole wheat flour wild rice winter winter sugar cookies woodland sugar cookies Yukon gold potatoes zucchini zucchini muffins

    Subscribe & Follow

    Popular topics

    Popular Links

    Latest Posts

    ×
    %d bloggers like this: