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Cinnamon Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

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Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake like you’ve never had it before! The unexpected addition of cinnamon sugar makes this cake sing! It is moist and bursting with lemon flavor and so easy to make! Only 7 ingredients needed!

Everyone loves a lemon poppy seed cake, but add some cinnamon sugar to it, and you’re rockin’ at a whole new level! It’s scrum-diddly-uptious! The cake is made with a cake mix and pudding so it’s simple and extra tender. Put this Cinnamon Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake next on your baking list!

A photo of a slice of cinnamon lemon poppy seed bundt sitting on a wire cooling rack.

My friend Kara makes this scrumptious cinnamon lemon poppy seed bundt cake and I cannot get enough. I never would have thought to add cinnamon sugar to a lemon dessert but it’s incredible! Only recently did Kara tell me that it actually was supposed to be a vanilla bundt cake but years ago she didn’t notice and made lemon and has never gone back. 

Oh you’ve got to eat it warm, fresh out of the oven or room temp with a dollop of whipped cream on the side. I bet you could even add berries!

We have been pretty obsessed with bundt cakes lately. Have you tried our very best banana pudding bundt cake? If you love banana desserts, then it is an absolute must! Around the holidays, the cinnamon ripple sweet potato bundt cake, our cranberry bundt cake and our gingerbread bundt cake have all the delicious flavors you crave!

A photo of a slice of cinnamon lemon poppy seed bundt sitting on a wire cooling rack.

How Do I Make Cinnamon Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake?

I mentioned that you only need 7 ingredients to make this fabulous bundt cake. You start by preheating the oven to 375º F and then mixing together a lemon cake mix and a package of instant lemon pudding. Then you add the remaining ingredients (eggs, water, oil, and poppy seeds) and combine everything together until just mixed. Try not to overmix it. Overmixing causes cakes to be dense and gummy. Gross!

How to Prepare a Bundt Pan

Prepare the bundt pan by spraying it with cooking spray and sprinkle half of the cinnamon sugar in the bottom of the pan. Pour in half of the cake batter and then sprinkle in the remaining cinnamon sugar on top of the batter. Add the remaining cake batter and stick it into the oven to bake for 35-40 minutes.

A photo of a whole lemon poppy seed bundt cake sitting on a wire cooling rack.

Why Do You Add Pudding to Cake Batter?

Adding pudding to cake batter makes the cake extra moist. Because pudding mixes have gelatinous features, it adds to the structure and substance of the cake while maintaining it’s light, fluffy texture. For this delicious bundt cake recipe, adding the lemon pudding packet gives the cake an extra burst of lemon flavor.

How Do I Get Bundt Cake to Come Out Cleanly?

There are lots of methods for greasing a bundt pan out there, but we have found that thoroughly spraying every nook and cranny of a bundt pan works the best.

Can I Make this into Mini Bundt Cakes?

This recipe makes great mini bundt cakes! Follow the same instructions but decrease the baking time to 18-22 minutes. Be sure to evenly distribute the cinnamon sugar across all the mini bundt pan cavities. For the mini bundt pan, this is our favorite. For a full size bundt pan, we like this one. If you’re looking for a stellar mini bundt cake, try our mini lemon poppy seed bundt cake with berries!

A photo of a slice of cinnamon lemon poppy seed bundt sitting on a wire cooling rack.

 

Can this Cake be Frozen?

Yes! Let the cake cool completely and then wrap it in plastic wrap. From there you can put it in a freezer bag or wrap it in aluminum foil. Cinnamon lemon poppy seed bundt cake will be good in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat it, allow it to come to room temperature before serving.

I said that this cake is best warm, and boy howdy, is it! I mean, I’ll eat it at any temperature, but there’s just something special about it being warm. Welcome to the world of cinnamon sugar in lemon desserts! You’re going to be just as obsessed as we are with this cinnamon lemon poppy seed bundt cake!

A photo of a slice of cinnamon lemon poppy seed bundt sitting on a wire cooling rack.

Cinnamon Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12
a lemon poppy seed bundt cake with a surprise of cinnamon sugar!

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon Cake mix
  • 3 ounce box Instant lemon Pudding
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Poppy Seeds
  • 3 Tablespoons Cinnamon Sugar

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 375 and spray a bundt pan with nonstick spray. Sprinkle in half of the cinnamon sugar and set aside.
  • In a bowl, stir together the cake mix and pudding mix.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Pour half of the cake batter into the pan and sprinkle in the remaining cinnamon sugar.
  • Add the rest of the batter and bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven to cool then turn out on a cake stand and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 295 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 362mg16%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
A photo of a slice of cinnamon lemon poppy seed bundt sitting on a wire cooling rack.

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