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. Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 1999

Beth-Ann Bove


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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.

Nutrition Facts

218 calories; 5.1 g total fat; 0.6 g saturated fat; 16 mg cholesterol; 291 mg sodium. 74 mg potassium; 39.9 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 24 g sugar; 3.6 g protein; 32 IU vitamin a iu; 1 mg vitamin c; 5 mcg folate; 76 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 14 mg magnesium;

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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