A plump, golden Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake with a Lemon Glaze is what I have for you today. After all these years of baking vegan cakes and cupcakes, I am still amazed at how easy it is to eliminate animal products like butter, cream, and egg and still get a perfectly moist, airy, and beautiful result. All of it minus that awful egg odor. If you don’t believe me, all you have to do is try this cake. Lemon and poppy seed are a classic combination, and just one bite of this amazing cake will tell you why. I used Meyer lemons which have a distinctive flavor and are sweeter than your average lemon, but it’s perfectly fine to use regular lemons instead. You could even try substituting other fruit juices. This is a great base recipe to create cakes of all flavors. You could, for instance, substitute the lemon juice and zest with orange and get a great orange bundt cake. Or you might try another fruit juice. This cake is very much like a pound cake, with a buttery crumb and a melt-in-the-mouth texture. I also used unbleached cake flour to get a particularly light texture. Cake flour is very low in gluten, so you don’t have to worry about your cake getting tough, the way it could with higher gluten flours like all-purpose flour. If you can’t get cake flour, use all-purpose but replace two tablespoons in each cup with cornflour. You could also use whole-wheat pastry flour to make this cake. It will be darker and the crumb will be thicker, but you’d still have a great cake (and one that’s slightly healthier too). Gotta run now, but here’s the recipe. Enjoy!
Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake [Vegan]
For the Cake:
- 2 2/3 cup unbleached cake flour (If you don’t have cake flour, all-purpose would be okay but replace 5 tbsp of the all-purpose flour with cornflour. You can also make this with whole-wheat pastry flour but the crumb will be thicker.)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups vegan cane sugar or turbinado sugar
- 1 3/4 cup almond milk or soymilk mixed with 2 tsp vinegar. Set aside five minutes to curdle.
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup poppy seeds, lightly toasted in a skillet. Do this over medium heat and stir frequently. It should take no more than five minutes.
- Zest of two lemons
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup (2 sticks) of vegan butter, at room temperature
For the Lemon Glaze:
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar)
To Make the Cake:
- Cream together the sugar and “butter” in a stand mixer or hand mixer fitted with a wisk, until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bottom and sides of bowl a couple of times during the mixing.
- Mix the lemon juice, zest, vanilla extract and almond milk.
- Sift into a bowl the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder
- Add the flour to the butter and sugar mixture in three batches, alternating with the almond milk mixture. Mix for 20 seconds after each addition, then scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure everything’s integrated.
- Add the poppy seeds and mix with a spatula to disperse them evenly through the batter.
- Oil and flour a bundt cake pan. Pour the cake batter into the pan and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out dry. Let the cake stand in the bundt pan on a rack for 10 minutes, then unmold. This cake unmolds easily, but if you need help run a knife lightly and carefully around the edges.
- With a toothpick, make a few holes in the warm cake and then paint on the lemon glaze (recipe follows) with a brush. Cool thoroughly.
To Make the Lemon Glaze:
- With a wisk, mix the lemon juice and sugar.
- Paint the glaze onto the cake using a pastry brush. You can even just pour it on.
- Decorate the cake with some lemon zest, for a pretty look.