Poppyseed Cake

Today’s recipe is from my neighbor Sheri.  We have been neighbors for about 16 years and we have shared a lot of meals together and some great recipes during those 16 years.

This is one of my favorite recipes that Sheri has given me.

I made this cake for Sunday dinner last week.

Poppy seed cake

Warning:  it does contain alcohol.  But I figure after it bakes for an hour at 350 degrees there’s not much, if any left.

You will need a lot of poppy seeds for this recipe – it calls for 1/2 cup.  I only had 1/3 cup and it still tasted great.  Oh by the way Sheri,  I went into your house when you were out of town this weekend and borrowed your poppy seeds.  I used them all but will buy you some new ones today!!  (No worries, readers, we do this a lot.  We have keys to each others house!)

The recipe starts with a cake mix.  If you are anti-cake mix you can check out Melanie’s great recipe for homemade yellow cake mix. With the addition of a box of pudding and sour cream this cake is nice and moist.  The creamed sherry and poppy seeds give it an amazing flavor too.

Poppyseed Cake

I also love the frosting that you drizzle over the top and found myself scrapping the extra off the counter top to eat!!  This cake is so good it doesn’t need anything else to go with it – no whip cream, no ice cream, nothing!  I did add a strawberry for garnish.

It is good cake!

Poppyseed Cake

Poppy Seed Cake

1 yellow cake mix (plain, no pudding)

1 small instant vanilla pudding mix

4 eggs

1 C sour cream

1/2 C melted butter
1/2 C cream sherry

1/2 C poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray bundt pan with cooking spray and then flour lightly, shake off excess.  Combine all ingredients and beat for 5 minutes.  Pour into pan and bake for about 1 hour.

Cream glaze:

1/3 C butter

2 C powdered sugar

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

2-4 Tbsp. hot water

Melt butter.  Stir in vanilla and sugar.  Add water to right consistency.  Drizzle over top of cake.


  1. 1
    Tanya says:

    I didn’t see how much cream sherry to put in the recipe. Would love to make this one, sounds great :)

  2. 2
    Barbara says:

    I have the same recipe except the pudding called for is coconut cream, one of our favorite cakes. Nice to make in small loaf pans for holiday gifts.

  3. 3
    Joan C. says:

    Beautiful! On one of your antique cake plates?
    Love poppyseed bread, but have never made a cake. Will have to try this. Thanks.

  4. 4
    lynn says:

    We LOVE this cake and have it so often. It is another most requested recipe of mine as well. It goes to a lot of potlucks with me. However, your glaze is a new one to me. I can’t wait to try it out.

    Here’s our glaze if you ever want to try it. It’s SOooo yummy!!!!

    1 cup sugar
    1/4 cup orange juice (or same juice you used in the cake – my recipe uses 1/2 orange juice added to the batter. Or you can use pineapple juice.)
    1/2 cup butter (1 cube)
    Bring ingredients to a boil and keep bubbling until ready to brush on cake.
    One cake has cooled for the 10 minutes, brush the bottom of the cake with some of the glaze. Then invert cake on to a cooling rack.
    Place a cookie sheet under the cooking rack and brush remaining glaze all over the cake. Allow cake to cool for a little more (about 50 minutes) and then serve.

  5. 5
    Kelly Walker says:

    I am excited to try this. You said there was alcohol in it but I didn’t see it in the ingredient list. Did you leave it out?

  6. 6
    Judy says:

    Sounds wonderful. I think I will try it with a lemon cake mix too.

  7. 7
    MMW says:

    I’d love the full Non-Prohibitionist recipe please!

    ALSO – when do you leave for London? I’ d love to get together and make garden marker utensils. Is day time or evening time better? Email and let me know. I’d love to FINALLY get to meet you in person.

    xoxo MMW

    • 7.1
      Leigh Anne says:

      I accidently left out the cream sherry – I always make it with the cream sherry. When I get home from London I will post the correct version. Can’t remember how much it called for. Definitely love to get together to make garden markers – evenings would be better for me. I’ll email when I’m back!

  8. 8
    Me says:

    Just in case anyone wonders how much alcohol cooks off, at the bottom of this article there is a table that gives the percentages for different cooking methods and different times.

  9. 9

    This looks so delicious! I missed the liquor in the recipe, though.

  10. 10
    Kim H says:

    I have never heard of cream sherry where can i purchase it?

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