Fresh Strawberry & Lemon Poppy Seed Cake.
If you know me at all, you know Poppy Seed Cake is my favorite of all cakes.
Unusual to most I’m guessing, but most significant to me because my Grandma always made it for my birthday (New Year’s Eve) since everyone is just about over it with sweets by then after the holidays.
I had some fresh strawberries that were on the verge of going bad and lemon on the brain from a cookie I was making for the wedding cookie table, so I decided to whip up and “zip” up a poppy seed cake for Easter Sunday.
A bit of tart and sweet lemon zest in the batter along with chunks of juicy red-ripe strawberries and a thin lemon glaze really “Spring”ed up my usual wintertime poppy seed cake craving.
Hubby loved his with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and an extra handful of fresh strawberries on top.
If you are looking for a fresh, not too sweet, but yummy Spring cake to serve, give this one a try. It is truly delightful!
Fresh Strawberry & Lemon Poppy Seed Cake*
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. lemon zest
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1/3 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, chopped
- 1/4 cup poppy seeds
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 Tbsp milk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and flour a fluted cake pan or your favorite.
In a large bowl, beat together the melted butter, sugar, and lemon zest. Add eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating. Add milk, yogurt and vanilla next. Stir in dry ingredients until combined. Gently stir in strawberries and poppy seeds.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until cake test inserted comes out clean.
Prepare glaze by mixing lemon juice and powdered sugar until sugar is completely dissolved, then stir in milk until smooth. Set aside.
Cool cake for at least 20 minutes before drizzling with glaze.
Serve with additional fresh strawberries and ice cream, if desired.
Cheers & Hugs,
*Adapted from a recipe found on BakerbyNature.com