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Monday, January 11, 2010

Lemon-Poppyseed Cake

Let me refer back to my past Twitter "tweets" and show you what Josh said when he tasted this cake...
josh just called me a "f#$%ing craftsman" and demanded that i make him a mattress out of lemon poppyseed pound cake!! ;D ;D
6:17 PM Jan 5th from txt
To be politically correct, I guess I'd be a craftswoman. Either way, this cake was BANGIN!!!! It was dense, tender, and moist. The cake itself had only a hint of lemon flavor, but the crust (which was soaked in a lemon sugar wash) packed a major pucker of sour lemon flavor! The sugar wash went on the outside while the cake was still warm, but it didn't crust over like the book led me to believe it would. That didn't matter, because it was sooo very delicious, and it kept the cake moist for quite a few days! Yeah, it was a HUGE cake, so it did last for a while in our house. The poppyseeds in the cake gave a unique crunch and a slight nutty flavor. Everyone loved it, and I'd definitely make it again!
Lemon-Poppyseed Cake (from "Baking by Flavor" by Lisa Yockelson)
Makes one 10-inch tube cake; about 20 slices

Lemon Peel Infusion (recipe follows)
Lemon-Poppyseed Sour Cream Cake Batter
3 cups unsifted bleached all-purpose flour (I always use unbleached)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 3/4 cups granulated sugar
6 large eggs (at room temperature)
1 cup thick, cultured sour cream
3 tablespoons milk
1/3 cup poppyseeds (I only used 1/4 cup)
Lemon Sugar Wash (recipe follows)

Mix the ingredients for the Lemon Peel Infusion; set aside for 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour the inside of a 10-inch tube pan; set aside.
Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Cream the butter in the large bowl of a standing electric mixer on moderate speed for 4 minutes. Add the granulated sugar in three additions, beating for 1 minute after each portion is added. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing for 45 seconds after each addition. Blend in the lemon infusion. On low speed, alternately added the sifted ingredients in three additions with the sour cream in two additions, beginning and ending with the sifted mixture. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl frequently with a rubber spatula to keep the batter even-textured. The batter will be creamy and moderately thick. Blend in the milk. Stir in the poppyseeds. Spoon the batter into the prepared tube pan. Shake the pan gently from side to side, once or twice, to level the top.
Bake the cake in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until risen, set, and a wooden pick inserted in the cake withdraws clean (mine was done after 1 hour and 10 mins). The baked cake will pull away slightly from the sides of the pan. Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Invert the cake out and turn it right-side up onto the cooling rack. Place a sheet of wax paper underneath to catch any drips of sugar wash.
Using a soft, 1-inch pastry brush, apply the wash over the top and sides of the cake. Cool completely before slicing and serving.
Store in an airtight cake keeper for up to 5 days.

Lemon Peel Infusion
1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest (from 1 large lemon)
2 1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons pure lemon extract.

Combine ingredients in a small non-reactive ramekin. Let the infusion stand for 15 minutes before using.

Lemon Sugar Wash
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/3 cup granulated sugar

In a small nonreactive bowl, combine the lemon juice and sugar. Stir well. Let stand 10 minutes. Using the wash now (while the cake is hot out of the oven) will give the surface of a baked pound cake a crackly, sugary veneer. (It just made mine look wet, but it kept it very moist!)

38 comments:

Eliana said...

Hmmm - I kinda want a mattress out of this cake too cuz it looks super delish!

Rach said...

Holy crap- I love lemon and I love poppy seed and I'mma make this and eat the whole f*&^%$g thing myself!!!

Linders said...

oooh.. a pillow on poppy seed cake please!

June Freaking Cleaver said...

I'm going to the store to get poppyseeds and lemons today...I MUST make this!

Tricia said...

Lovin' the tweet... don't we all wish our food was mattress worthy! Uhhhhh... yeah.... that didn't come off exactly how I intended it! Either way! Love your post! And looooooooove lemon!

Joanne said...

I used to get these muffins from Costco that were lemon poppyseed flavored and they were basically the best things ever. I need to try this to see if it tastes the same! Looks amazing.

sarah @ syrupandhoney said...

This is great...I've been looking for recipes I can mail to out of town relatives, and since this one stays moist for several days I think I'll give it a shot. Thanks!

Jelli Bean said...

Any cake that could be a great mattress (and late-night snack) is good in my book! This looks really good.

bakinandeggs said...

This looks so delicious! Can't wait to try.

Mimi said...

I love lemon poppy seed cake. Your cake looks so dense and moist, perfect!
Mimi

Happy cook said...

Beautiful cake.

Hoosier Homemade said...

This cake looks diviine! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
I'd love for you to link up your cupcake creations sometime on Cupcake Tuesday.
http://hoosierhomemade.com/cupcake-tuesday-mr-snowman-cupcake/
~Liz

Tracy @ Sugarcrafter said...

This cake looks so delicious!

Also, I wanted to let you know that I passed along the Happy 101 award to you, because it makes me happy every time you blog! http://sugarcrafter.net/2010/01/12/more-blog-love/

Mo Diva said...

My krytponite! when I worked at starbucks... the lemon poppy muffin had to be HIDDEN from me!
this looks perfect in every way... texture, picture, I can only imagine flavor...
DAMN these new year resolutions!

Larie said...

Oooh...I'm usually just indifferent to lemon/poppyseed in baked goods, but that does look awfully tempting...Happy New Year!

Heather said...

it's gorgeous! i want to make it just cause it's so pretty....and because i like pretending that as long as something is fruit/nut/seed related it's healthy

Adam said...

Dude, that's a monster cake. I absolutely love it :) I've never done a lemon wash, or even an 'infusion' before, so I can tell it's very, very bangable on the tastebuds.

I wouldn't want a mattress though, because I'd wake up in the middle of night with a hole where my head was :)

Anonymous said...

Looks great! I use a similar wash for a rum cake recipe, but it uses sugar, water, *butter*, and flavoring. I've made it without the butter by accident and it didn't crust over, so I think that's the secret to getting the cracked, sugary glaze.

Just be careful if they do random drug tests where you work...poppy seeds will make you test positive for drugs in your system! Proven by Mythbusters.

Lucie said...

Yum! I'm always on the lookout for the perfect lemon poppyseed recipe, and this looks like a winner!!

Suzanne said...

I got chills just looking at the picture! Dang! Lemon poppyseed is one of my ALL TIME favorite combos!

Ingrid said...

Ha-ha! Guess Josh really liked it.

I'm guessing its citrus season as you're the third blog today I've visited that posted something (yummy) and lemony! Now I'm craving soemthing lemon!
~ingrid

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

You could quit your job, and just make matresses of this cake! It looks soo good! And I'm usually not a fan of poppyseed things, they are too black :P

Ladybird said...

Mmm... looks so delicious and moist. You can't beat a good cake with poppyseeds!

Abbie said...

The lemon sugar wash is genius!

keri said...

Too much poppy seed cake = positive drug test proven by my dad. They knew it couldn't be true so they let him retake it. We still tease him after 16 years about him failing a drug test!

Danger Kitten said...

I HAVE to try this! I love poppyseed cake, but have never made it with lemon...thanks for the recipe (and, you are definitely a craftsman...er...crafswoman!)

Mermaid Sweets said...

Man, this looks amazing. I think I am going to have to add poppyseeds to the SMS Lemon Pound Cake now. Thanks for checking in on me.

Yum Yucky said...

Well....I'm not a fan of poppy seeds, but you make it look so dang good. I would totally eat this!

Dani said...

i am def trying this, but maybe in a baby version :p

Cookie baker Lynn said...

This cake looks amazing! I need to round up a posse to help me eat it, so that I can bake it. Lemon + poppyseed= happy tummy!

Joanna said...

Ooh, I adore lemon poppy seed cake! Haven't made it in ages, so I'll need to put this on my to do list!

kitten kitchen said...

This looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing.

dessertobsessed.com said...

This looks so amazing! I love the addition of the wash!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I just made a some lemon poppyseed muffins the other day--one of my favorite combo!! Yours looks delish.

Primary Work at Home said...

Looks so yummy! I will try this one too. Thanks for sharing your recipe to us.

Leesa said...

Lemon is one of my FAVOURITE flavors!! I MUST try this!!! Your lemon infusion and lemon wash sound FANTASTIC!!

Thanks for the recipe... Good to see you back on the blog!!
Leesa

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

Oooh yeah - that sounds like my kind of cake!

Heavenly Housewife said...

A beautiful looking cake. I'd love a slice :)