EASY POPPY SEED CAKE — This easy bundt cake recipe starts with a yellow cake mix. The addition of instant pudding, poppy seeds and almond extract make it extra special.
If you’re looking for a dessert that’s perfect for almost any occasion, look no further than this Easy Poppy Seed Cake!
I’ve been enjoying this bundt cake for years–every since my mom got it from a friend at church–so I can definitely tell you that this is a recipe that stands the test of time.
Probably because it’s both easy, and delicious! This is one of those fabulous cake mix recipes, where you add a few extra goodies to a plain old cake mix and end up with something amazingly delicious.
I honestly can’t believe it took me so long to share the recipe with you!
If you’ve ever had a giant Costco poppy seed muffin, you have some idea of what this cake tastes like. Like I said, delicious!
This cake is especially great as a spring or summer dessert when served with homemade whipped cream and fresh berries. But it’s totally delicious on it’s own, thanks to the delicious almond glaze.
I often serve this dessert for Easter or Mother’s Day, and it’s a nice, sturdy cake for bringing along to potlucks and backyard barbecues.
And thanks to the addition of instant pudding mix, this cake is super moist–just the way a cake should be.
If you’re looking for an easy but impressive dessert to serve to friends and family, this Easy Poppy Seed Cake is for you!
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Here’s what you’ll need to make Easy Poppy Seed Cake
- Yellow cake mix
- Instant vanilla pudding mix
- Almond extract
- Poppy seeds
- Canola oil
- Powdered sugar
Easy Poppy Seed Cake
This easy bundt cake recipe starts with a yellow cake mix. The addition of instant pudding, poppy seeds and almond extract make it extra special.
For the cake
- 1 package yellow cake mix
- 1 (3.4 oz.) package vanilla instant pudding mix
- 1 cup water
- 4 eggs
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1/2 cup oil
For the glaze
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan.
- Mix all ingredients for cake together in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Whisk together ingredients for glaze in a small bowl. Spoon glaze over cooled cake.
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Who Dished It Up First: This recipe was passed on to my mom from a church friend years ago.
My cup of tea 🙂 Thank you so much !
Could you use this as a layer cake? Say, in 2 9 inch pans?
I haven’t tried it, but I don’t see why not. 🙂
Great recipe. Can vanilla extract be substituted for the almond extract?
Yes, it will just have a slightly different flavor.
I made this recipe for mother’s day for my grandma and my mother. They are so happy and they love it!
Which ingredients are for glaze
The last three ingredients.
How badly will white cake mix mess this up? This cake is an all-time favorite of mine & it gets the most compliments from others, too. During this ongoing pandemic, who’d’ve ever guessed that yellow cake mix would be in such demand?
White cake mix would be fine.
This cake is tasty and could not be easier. It took me more time to grade and flour my silicone Bundt pan than to make the cake! I prefer more poppy seeds, so tripled to 3 T. I also used a sugar-free pudding mix with good results. Not sure if it needed it, but I added about 1.5 T sugar and 1.5 T flour to replace some of the pudding mix volume. (Sugar free mix has less volume/weight than regular mix.) I think I’ll add a bit more oil or perhaps some milk to yield a little more moistness if I make this cake again.
I work in a kitchen at a retirement home. We have a poppy seed cake recipe but it’s kind of involved and I was expecting groceries soon (I work on my own baking and making soups at night). Anyway this one is a dump and mix. That works when you have a ton of produce to put away. In a rush I accidentally of double the amount of instant pudding when making the recipe larger (so that would be 2 packs of jello pudding if using original recipe). Still turned out amazing. I came into work to notes from the day staff and the residents to make it again and soon. Yes, some days professionals cheat. This is a good recipe, made a lemon glaze. As I was suppose to be making lemon poppy seed. I think they like this one better then the one we use.
That is fantastic! Thank you! 🙂
I cannot believe that something this easy to make is so delicious!