Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

There are 3 flavors packed inside this easy Poppy Seed Bundt Cake. Eggs, milk and oil keep this homemade cake ultra moist. Don’t forget the glaze!

I love baking with poppy seeds. They add such a pretty statement to cakes. Remember our coconut poppy seed cake? That’s one of my husband’s favorites. This cake today is one of my favorites!

slice of Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

Many times when the word “poppy seed” is brought up, it is thought to go with “lemon”. This cake does have a mild lemon glaze, but the base of this cake has three other flavors: vanilla, butter and almond. No lemon at all!

The three flavors make this easy from scratch cake just a little extra special. It’s easy to make! Let’s talk all about this Poppy Seed Bundt Cake.

What are poppy seeds?

Poppy seeds are little black seeds that are the seeds of the poppy plant. Easy, right? These seeds have been used for thousands of years.

Where to buy poppy seeds?

You can find bottles of poppy seeds in the baking aisle of your grocery store right by all the spices and herbs. They are often pricey, so if you find a good deal, snag up a few bottles.

Are poppy seeds good for you?

We often hear that poppy seeds can make you fail a drug test, but can are poppy seeds good for you at all?

Poppy Seeds are high in fiber so can help your digestive system. They also are high in magnesium, which is known to help you get a good night’s sleep.

Poppy Seed Bundt Cake in a bundt cake pan

Easy Poppy Seed Cake

Although many times cakes call for mixing the wet and dry ingredients separately, with this cake it is not necessary. Mix up the dry ingredients first, then add the wet ingredients into the dry in the same bowl.

We like to use a hand mixer so that the cake mixes up quickly. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed so you’re sure to get all the ingredients mixed in well.

At the very end, fold in the poppy seeds. That’s all it takes!

poppy seed bundt cake in baking pan

How Much to Fill Bundt Cake Pan

You should always plan to fill a bundt cake pan about 2/3 of the way full. As you can see in the picture above, the cake definitely domed when it baked, but it did not spill over.

If your cake turns out like ours did above, simply slice off the domed part so that your cake will sit flat. (And by the way…those scraps are AMAZING and will be just the thing to tide you over until it is time to eat the real thing!)

Glaze for Bundt Cake

The cake doesn’t have a lemon flavor, but the glaze does. You’ll use the three flavors that are in the cake (vanilla, butter and almond) in the glaze also, but then you’ll add fresh lemon juice.

This glaze gives the cake such a simple lemon flavor. It’s not overpowering at all.

We recommend mixing up this glaze right before you drizzle it on the cake so it doesn’t crust over and become “lumpy”.

overhead swirled bundt cake with one piece missing

Pretty Bundt Cake Pan

There are so many beautiful bundt cake pans available today. We have about 12 that we rotate between.

This cake pan is from Nordic Ware and is called the Heritage Bundt Cake Pan. You can find it on Amazon. It’s beautiful!

The tricky thing with intricate bundt cake pans is that you have to be sure to grease them pans really well in order for them to come out cleanly. Make sure you get all the nooks and crannies!

Poppy Seed Bundt Cake on a plate with a bite on a fork

How to Store Bundt Cake

This bundt cake is best stored at room temperature in an airtight container. We have a bundt cake carrier that we LOVE. It keeps the cake fresh and is also really easy to transport. See it here.


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Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

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There are 3 flavors packed inside this easy Poppy Seed Bundt Cake. Eggs, milk and oil keep this homemade cake ultra moist. Don’t forget the glaze!
Servings 15
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


For the cake:

For the glaze:


Make the cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350º Fahrenheit. Grease a 12 cup bundt cake pan with shortening, then dust with flour.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  • Add the eggs, milk, oil and extracts. Use a hand mixer to mix ingredients until well combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Fold in the poppy seeds.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared bundt cake pan.
  • Bake for 55-60 minutes or until the cake tests done.
  • Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn it over onto a plate.

Make the glaze:

  • Whisk the glaze ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the cake while the cake is still hot.
  • Allow the cake to cool to room temperature.
  • Store the cake at room temperature in an airtight container.


The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 15 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**


Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 260mg | Potassium: 127mg | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1.5mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 302
Keyword bundt cake recipe, easy bundt cake, glaze for cake
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About Julie Clark

We are Julie, Maddie, and Kinslee – a mother and daughter team sharing with you the best cakes to satisfy any need or sweet craving that you may have. Welcome to our family’s kitchen!

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