Could there be a more perfect spring cake?? This brightly flavored Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is just what I need to end a long cold winter and bounce right into the new season (don’t get me wrong I love all four seasons but by the end of each one I’m ready for the next). This cake has got to be one of my favorites! I love lemon everything, it’s just one of those flavors that you don’t have to question and it balances out the sweetness perfectly. And then when you add those faintly crunchy little flecks of poppy seeds to the mix for a light flavor and textural contrast, and top each layer of the cake with a rich cream cheese frosting you know it’s a cake that won’t let you down. This is a crowd pleasing cake that’s sure to get some praise, people will be swooning over each soft and fluffy, sweet lemony bite!
I made this cake with two kinds of Wholesome Organic sugars. Have you tried Wholesome products yet? I absolutely love them! They have such pure, delicious taste and I love that their products are certified organic, non-GMO, and made with 100% real and recognizable ingredients. It’s also great to know that they support family-run farms and are Fair Trade certified. Wholesome offers such a wide range of sweeteners such as coconut sugar, cane sugar, turbinado sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, stevia, molasses, maple syrup, honey and they even make pancake syrup, frostings (chocolate, strawberry and vanilla) and candy! The two sugars I used in this recipe are the Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar and Wholesome Organic Powdered Sugar. The cane sugar is a good replacement for white sugar for things like baking cakes and cookies (or to sweeten just about anything), and the powdered sugar is perfect for frostings.
I’m slowly working on adding more organic foods into my families diet (I just made the jump to organic milk a few months ago) so I love knowing there’s now organic sweeteners that are more easily accessible for everyone. You can find many of these products at nationwide grocery stores now. Try them in this cake and see for yourself the great end result you’ll get!
- 2 3/4 cups (352g) cake flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3 1/2 Tbsp (30g) poppy seeds
- 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 3/4 cups (366g) Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon zest (from about 4 lemons)
- 1/4 cup (60ml) canola oil
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tsp lemon extract
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cups (315ml) buttermilk
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar
- 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature (preferably 1/2 cup unsalted and 1/4 cup salted)
- 1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 (16 oz) pkg. Wholesome Organic Powdered Sugar, sifted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter two 9-inch round cake pans then line with a round of parchment paper. Butter parchment paper, lightly dust pans with cake flour and shake out excess, set pans aside. Sift cake flour into a large mixing bowl. Add baking powder, baking soda, salt and poppy seeds and whisk 20 seconds, set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together butter, cane sugar and lemon zest until mixture becomes very pale and fluffy. Mix in canola oil then blend in eggs one at a time, mixing just until combined after each addition. Mix in lemon extract and vanilla extract. In a liquid measuring cup mix together buttermilk with lemon juice.
- Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture. Mix on low speed just until combined. Add in 1/2 of the buttermilk mixture and mix just until combined. Add another 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix just until combined. Mix in remaining 1/2 of the buttermilk mixture and finish by mixing in the last 1/3 of the flour mixture. Scrape sides and bottom with a spatula and gently fold until batter is evenly incorporated.
- Divide batter among two prepared cake pans. Spread into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 30 - 34 minutes. Remove from oven let cool in pan 5 minutes then run a knife around edges of cake to loosen and invert cakes onto wire racks. While cakes are still warm, using a pastry brush, brush cakes with simple syrup. About halfway through cooling I recommend transfer cakes to an airtight container to seal in moisture. Let cakes cool completely then frost with cream cheese frosting.
- For the simple syrup:
- In a small saucepan set over medium-low heat whisk together lemon juice and can sugar until sugar has dissolved.
- For the cream cheese frosting:
- In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add in vanilla extract and powdered sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Freeze in 3 minute increments as needed, stirring between increments until frosting is desired consistency.
- *For best results measure in grams using a kitchen scale. If you don't have one, lightly fluff bag of flour then scoop into a measuring cup and sweep top with a knife to level.
- Recipe source: Cooking Classy
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