Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed CakeFirst, I need to make sure I take a moment to say Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers out there! I feel like it’s just as much a celebration for children with wonderful fathers as well. I wish everyone were lucky enough to have a dad as awesome as mine is! A dad that loves me so much that he didn’t even flinch when I brought home my contribution to his grandchildren…

12306_664887652901_1913606_nArguably the cutest granddaughter he could possibly ask for! Even though she does occasionally nip and try to hump his leg…

I have the best memories from childhood, and most of them include my dad. It’s hard for me to get into a list of them because it would go on for days and days and days. And they wouldn’t be anything without my dad’s Australian accent, his dorky sense of humor (which fortunately/unfortunately I seem to have adopted), and his complete and utter lack of coordination that consistently results in a running tally of how many times he trips during each family vacation.

This clumsiness is another trait I have adopted. Great example: A couple of years ago, I went to Australia with my dad. We were in Blackheath walking around on the golf course and I was taking photos of cockatoos. I looked down at my camera for a split second while I was walking and BAM! I fell right into a hole. Rolled my ankle and was in excruciating pain. A couple of days later, I was trying my darndest to keep up with him at the Sydney airport, dragging my right foot behind me like a zombie…

So guess what? A couple of days ago I went to my parents’ house to have coffee with my dad and he was whining about having a sore hip. From what? “You wouldn’t believe it, I was walking on the golf course and I fell into a hole!”… Like father like daughter :)

I love and appreciate my dad more than he could possibly ever know, even though I failed to live up to his hopes and dreams of having a child that enjoys golf. I look forward to sharing many more Central Coffee chats, eating copious amounts of Scottish Salmon, and going on countless hikes with my dad (although he’ll inevitably trip and yell “Aw, Schwepps!).

This is a recipe that I know my dad would enjoy because he loves blueberries (and is ever so proud of his blueberry plant in the backyard with one single blueberry currently growing on it). It’s moist, pretty fluffy, full of gigantic blueberries, and with a particularly pleasing amount of zesty lemon flavor. Poppy seeds add a bit of nuttiness to this bundt cake that would traditionally be served as a breakfast treat, but I personally think is amazing as a dessert. As I do with all of my cakes, you’ll find me eating this with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon Zest
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Poppy Seeds
  • 1 Cup Fresh Blueberries

For Glaze

  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp, Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Zest for Garnish

Preheat oven to 350°

In your mixer, mix butter and sugar until creamy. Add vanilla, then eggs one at a time until well blended.

Add lemon juice and lemon zest.

In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt .Slowly add to the butter mixture with your mixer going.

Add poppy seeds.

Remove bowl from mixer and mix in blueberries with a spoon or spatula.

Pour mixture into a greased and floured bundt.

Place in the oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before removing from the bundt pan. Place on a cooling rack to cool completely.

To make lemon glaze, add one Tbsp. lemon juice into 1 cup powdered sugar and stir well. Add more lemon juice, 1 tsp. at a time, until glaze becomes like a very thick syrup. Pour over the top of the cooled cake, sprinkle with lemon zest, and serve.

Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Cake
 
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Moist blueberry lemon poppy seed cake
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Unsalted Butter
  • ¾ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • ½ Cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon Zest
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • ½ tsp. Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Poppy Seeds
  • 1 Cup Fresh Blueberries
For Glaze
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp, Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Zest for Garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In your mixer, mix butter and sugar until creamy. Add vanilla, then eggs one at a time until well blended.
  3. Add lemon juice and lemon zest.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt .Slowly add to the butter mixture with your mixer going.
  5. Add poppy seeds.
  6. Remove bowl from mixer and mix in blueberries with a spoon or spatula.
  7. Pour mixture into a greased and floured bundt.
  8. Place in the oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before removing from the bundt pan. Place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  10. To make lemon glaze, add one Tbsp. lemon juice into 1 cup powdered sugar and stir well. Add more lemon juice, 1 tsp. at a time, until glaze becomes like a very thick syrup. Pour over the top of the cooled cake, sprinkle with lemon zest, and serve.

 

 

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3 Responses to “Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Cake”

  1. Gail
    June 17, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Hi Rachel,

    Great Dad and Great daughter! Both of you are so lucky. My father, too, is a wonderful man. I admire him very much and he is always a source of fun, intelligent conversation and good advice.

    The poppy seed cake reminds me of my Aunt Merce. My maternal uncle and his wife Merce had a large dairy operation in Wisconsin. During the harvest of corn for silage Merce would feed at least ten workers in addition to her family members on their huge farmhouse porch. One of her specialties was her poppy seed cake. Maybe because of those memories poppyseed cake has always been my favorite cake. I like the idea of adding the blueberries.

    Thank you for this great recipe.

    Gail

    • June 22, 2013 at 11:16 am #

      I love your stories, they’re so cool! Your Aunt Merce sounds like a wonderful woman :)

  2. Mr. Tumnus
    June 23, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    For some reason, I immediately think of all those boneheads at golf tournaments that yell “Get in the Hole!” at the top of their lungs. Then I picture you falling in a hole whenever that happens. I also think I’m going to start saying “Schweppes” whenever I trip over something just to see what sort of reaction I get.

    Anyway, this was a fun post to read, and as always, your recipe looks ridiculously good. :)

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