Just like your favorite morning muffin made into an elegant cake. Unlike that bakery muffin, though, you can help yourself to seconds: each serving has just 1 gram saturated fat.

Beth-Ann Bove
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 1999


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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 6- or 8-cup tube pan with nonstick spray. Sprinkle pan with 2 tablespoons sugar, tapping out excess.

  • Whisk flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.

  • Whisk egg in another bowl until frothy. Whisk in remaining 1 1/4 cups sugar, buttermilk, oil, lemon zest and vanilla. Gradually add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, whisking until just moistened. Pour batter into prepared pan.

  • Bake the cake until top springs back when touched lightly and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Immediately loosen edges and invert onto a wire rack. Let cool completely. Serve with Lemon Curd, if desired.

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Nutrition Facts

218.2 calories; protein 3.6g 7% DV; carbohydrates 39.9g 13% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 1g 4% DV; sugars 24.5g; fat 5.1g 8% DV; saturated fat 0.6g 3% DV; cholesterol 16.3mg 5% DV; vitamin a iu 32.3IU 1% DV; vitamin c 0.7mg 1% DV; folate 4.7mcg 1% DV; calcium 76.3mg 8% DV; iron 1.2mg 7% DV; magnesium 14.3mg 5% DV; potassium 73.7mg 2% DV; sodium 290.9mg 12% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 14% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
Made this without the lemon curd. Honestly a bit dry. My guess is the low fat/high sugar/low eggs contributes to this and the curd is really needed to add moisture. I'll look for a recipe with a bit more fat and eggs and perhaps less sugar the next go around. Husband loved it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Glad to find the recipe after so many years I first made this cake back in '00 and lost the magazine. I'm so glad to have found it again. This was my go-to dessert for pot lucks or new neighbors (I lived in Florida and had a very generous Meyer lemon tree). Love love the poppy seeds. Pros: Lemony the curd tastes like the real thing Read More
Rating: 5 stars
A showstopper. Make this with the lemon curd and your guests will ask for itagain and again. Good wholesome healthy recipes. While it is low fat the taste is rich. Read More