Lemon Poppyseed Pound Cake

I strongly believe that EVERYONE must try pound cake in their life. It really won’t be complete if you don’t. I love that it’s a dessert and a snack and bi-product of other desserts. Oh-la-la, so versatile!

This pound cake is simple and sweet with a cut of sour. The glaze makes it rich and the poppies give it texture. The best part is how easy the recipe is. I call these dump recipes. You dump your items, stir real good, and bake.

Gather all your ingredients. I like to get the zest out of the way first.

Mix up the cake mix, pudding granules, and shortening.

Blend your poppies, lemon juice, and eggs well.  I love to add zest to this too!

Such a beautiful color! Farm fresh eggs will help that yellow beam too. Pour into a pan and place in your preheated oven. It is done when the top is golden and you can run a knife through the center without batter.

Take this to a party, eat it for breakfast, or take it for a snack. It can be a happy place anyplace.



Shortcut Lemon Poppyseed Pound Cake

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour


  • 9"x5" bread pan
  • mixing bowl
  • mixer (optional)
  • whisk
  • silicone spatula


  • 1 package Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme cake mix
  • 1 package Lemon instant pudding
  • ½ cup shortening (preferred) or vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp poppyseeds
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • lemon zest (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour the bread pan well. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl whisk the cake mix and pudding powder. Mix in shortening, poppyseed, and water. Beat eggs and put in a little at a time to blend well. Pour in pan. Bake for 60 minutes or until a knife runs smoothly without batter on the knife through the center.

Lemon Icing

For topping bunt cakes or bread cakes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • whisk and bowl with hand blender
  • or stand mixer with the whisk attachment


  • 2 tbsp whipping cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • zest of 3 lemons
  • 4 ripe lemons (lemon juice)


  • In your bowl, whisk the whipping cream and sugar until slightly thick. Add lemon juice and zest. You are looking for a pancake batter consistency. Pour over cake. Enjoy!


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