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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

{Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting}

It's not very often that I post two sweet treats back to back!  But, with my mom's birthday being this past Sunday (Happy Birthday, Mom) I decided Sunday evening that I needed to bake her an extra special birthday cake!  

My mom absolutely loves lemon poppy seed anything!  Which means this cake was the perfect birthday cake for her!  The idea for this cake was sparked by a cake my family and I recently had on Father's Day!  Yes, that very cake was so good that I  had to figure out how to recreate that Father's Day cake at home! I will tell you the thought of recreating a cake at home somewhat terrified me, but then I remembered this muffin recipe... and the task at hand seemed a little less intense.  

I was delighted with how this cake turned out, and am absolutely smitten with the intense lemony flavor  of the cake and creamy lemon cream cheese frosting!  This cake is dense like a pound cake and makes a perfect after dinner treat!   Make this cake today, and serve it at your next grill out!

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
Brunch N'Cupcakes 
Serves 10-12


1 1/2 Cup Flour 
1/2 Cup + 2 Tablespoons Sugar 
3/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder 
3/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda 
Zest from One Lemon 

1/4 Cup Butter Melted 
2 Tablespoons Greek Yogurt (I used 2%) 
1 Egg 
3/4 Cup Almond Milk or Milk of Choice (I used Unsweetened)
Juice from 1/2 Lemon 
2 Teaspoons Vanilla 

Cream Cheese Frosting: 
2 Tablespoons Milk 
1 Brick Cream Cheese 
2 Cups Powdered Sugar 
Juice from 1/2 a Lemon 
1/4 Cup Butter 
1 Teaspoon Vanilla 

1- In a large bowl whisk together all dry ingredients and set aside. 
2- Grab a smaller bowl and lightly beat your egg.  Add Melted butter, greek yogurt, milk, lemon juice and vanilla and whisk until combined. 
3- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated, don't over mix. 
4- Grease a  8 Inch cake pan and pour batter into cake pan.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
5- While cake is baking whip butter and cream cheese together until smooth.  Slowly add in powdered sugar.  Finally mix in lemon juice and vanilla.  Set aside until cake is done.
6- Allow cake to fully cool.  Once cake is cool, remove cake from cake pan and ice. Slice and enjoy!