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Lemon Poppyseed Pound Cake

A classic lemon pound cake with gorgeous poppyseeds scattered throughout
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 1 loaf

Ingredients

For lemon pound cake:

  • 2 sticks butter unsalted
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/3 cup poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon lemon zest
  • lemon juice from 2 lemons
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For lemon syrup:

  • 1/3 cup lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/3 cup sugar

For lemon glaze;

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom and sides of one 9 x 5-inch loaf pans; dust with flour, tapping out excess.
  • In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a small bowl, toss 1 1/2 tablespoons of the flour mixture and poppy seeds together, set aside. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave butter, covered with plastic wrap, at full power until melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk melted butter thoroughly to reincorporate any separated milk solids.
  • In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, process sugar and zest until combined, about five 1-second pulses. Add lemon juice, eggs, and vanilla; process until combined, about 5 seconds. With machine running, add melted butter through feed tube in steady stream (this should take about 20 seconds). Transfer mixture to large bowl. Sift flour mixture over eggs in three steps, whisking gently after each addition until just combined. Fold poppy seed mixture into batter after flour is incorporated.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees and continue to bake until deep golden brown and skewer inserted in center comes out clean, about 35 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking time. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn onto wire rack.
  • While the loaf is cooling, make the lemon syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir together the lemon juice and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved. Once dissolved, continue to cook for 3 more minutes. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  • Use a toothpick to poke holes in the tops and sides of the warm loaf. Brush the top and sides of the loaf with the lemon syrup. Let the syrup soak into the cake and brush again. Let the cake cool completely.
  • To make the lemon glaze, in a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and 2-3 tablespoons of the lemon juice. The mixture should be thick but pourable. Add up to another tablespoon of lemon juice if the mixture is too stiff. Pour the lemon glaze over the top of each loaf and let it drip down the sides. Let the lemon glaze harden, about 15 minutes, before serving.