Lemon Poppy Seed Coffee Cake


12 tablespoons (1 and ½ sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 and ½ cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 and ¼ cups sour cream, room temperature
Zest of 3 lemons, reserve 1 tablespoon for streusel
⅓ cup poppy seeds
2 and ½ cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup light or dark brown sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cubed
1 tablespoon reserved lemon zest
Juice of 1 lemon
Lemon glaze:
½ cup confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a bundt pan.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar on medium high speed until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs, then the vanilla, sour cream, lemon zest, and poppy seeds. Mix until combined.
In a small bowl whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
With the mixer on low speed, add the flour to the butter and egg mixture and mix until just combined.
To make the streusel, place the brown sugar, flour, lemon zest, and salt in a small bowl. Mix until combine. Add the chilled butter and lemon juice. With your fingers cut the butter into the flour and sugar until it resembles coarse sand.
Place half of the cake batter in the bundt pan. Sprinkle with half of the streusel and top with remaining batter. Finish with the remaining streusel. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool cake on a wire rack. Once the cake has cooled, invert onto a serving dish.
In a small bowl, whisk the sifted confectioners sugar and lemon juice. Add more lemon juice or confectioners sugar, as necessary. Drizzle over cooled coffee cake. Serve and enjoy!


The perfect brunch accompaniment, this coffee cake has a lovely lemon flavor throughout its three components: lemon poppy seed cake, lemon streusel, and lemon glaze. Do not let these parts intimidate you, it is an easy recipe that all will enjoy! This moist crumb cake, with a bright lemon flavor will be a delight for all to enjoy!


Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 3:14pm


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