Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

Woohoo! I baked this cake to celebrate! I hope you all do too!

Let’s start this off by recognizing the past few months have been truly so wild. There is so much uncertainty and unknown in the midst of this season. When quarantine first started back in March, I was worried. I needed a break but was refusing to accept it. I had packed my schedule so full this past year so I never had any downtime. I never had a moment to stop, to breathe, to think. This was so unsustainable, yet I was unwilling to give it up because I knew if I had more time I’d have to face the harsh realities in my life and recognize that I wasn’t doing well. I fought against rest for so long, so when it was forced upon me I felt hesitant to accept it. 

However, it didn’t take long for me to enjoy the newfound freedom I found in my schedule. Without all the distractions, I began to focus in on what was really important. This meant a lot of time confronting some hard things in my life, specifically my eating disorder. 

 I quickly decided that I would be responsible for cooking meals throughout quarantine, as I felt like this was the best way I could contribute to the household. I had always loved cooking and baking, yet for years I had struggled to actually enjoy food. Spending hours in the kitchen creating recipes I loved and was proud of introduced a new sense of joy and purpose into my life. I began feeling more freedom around food. This, of course, wasn’t possible without therapy and lots of support from my friends and family. I say this to encourage others to seek out help if you are struggling. Recovery is hard and even harder when you are all alone. Having professionals and loved ones to walk alongside you in this is a game changer!!  

I can honestly say that I am working towards recovery. That alone is worth celebrating!!!

I started Yellow Apron Kitchen after so many of my friends had encouraged me to start a food account on Instagram. I had made the account back in January, but it took months for me to get the courage to get serious about it and share it with you all. I have found that my time in quarantine gave me the space to not only confront the things I was struggling with and find healing, but also to find something I am oh so passionate about. I love to cook!! I love to bake!! It fills me with joy and has helped to heal my relationship with food in ways I could never have even imagined even in February of this year. 

So why am I celebrating? I hit 200 followers on instagram!!

Yes, I recognize that this might seem like a silly accomplishment. And that’s fair. I try not to let social media dictate how I feel about myself. However, this is different. Yellow Apron Kitchen was born out of a place of joy and freedom. It came out of a place in believing in myself. Yellow Apron Kitchen was born out of a genuine desire to share what has legitimately changed my life. These recipes have brought so much freedom and joy into my life. My biggest hope is that you all are able to experience the same thing. 

Yellow Apron Kitchen is all about seeking recovery through making and baking. It's about pressing into hope and loving the sweet things in life.

So I guess I’m celebrating that 200 people are following me through this journey. I’m celebrating that perhaps my simple little food blog might have an impact on someone else. Maybe these recipes will be enjoyed around the table where families can have hard conversations. Maybe my recipes will be used to celebrate all sorts of victories. Maybe even this blog will be an encouragement to someone else who is struggling with their relationship with food – whether it be with an eating disorder, body image issues, or anything else – to know that they are not alone in their struggle and that there is freedom to be found. 

I'm dreaming big here. And maybe that is silly. But maybe it's not. I hope more than anything that Yellow Apron Kitchen is a source of encouragement for you all, no matter what season you are in. Food brings us together. So let's celebrate!

Okay so anyways, I made a cake! A lemon poppy seed bundt cake, to be exact! This cake is simple. It is moist. It is delicious. I hope you all love it just as much as me! I love lemons and have been incorporating them into lots of my recipes lately. Just whip it all together and bake for 50 minutes and enjoy!! 

Thank you all for tagging along with me on this journey. It means so much to me. Every comment, review, or photo of a recipe you made makes me so happy. I love you all! I mean it!!!

Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

This cake is for celebrations!! It is so simple and delicious, perfectly tart and moist! I made this to celebrate a personal victory in my life and hope you all do the same!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • zest of two lemons
  • 1 small box of instant lemon pudding 3.4 ounces
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 4 eggs

Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp milk

Instructions
 

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a bundt pan with butter or nonstick spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, instant pudding mix, lemon zest, and poppy seeds.
  • Add Greek yogurt, vegetable oil, milk, lemon juice, and eggs. Mix until combined.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

Glaze

  • In a small bowl, mix together powdered sugar, lemon juice, and milk. Pour over the top of the cooled cake. Enjoy!

Notes

The pudding is totally optional, I just think it makes the cake more moist! And who doesn't want that?!
You can use sour cream instead of Greek yogurt. It's personal preference! 
 
Keyword cakes, lemon

2 thoughts on “Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake”

  1. Kaitlyn, I think you & your blog are absolutely amazing! And this lemon poppy seed Bundt cake that I can’t wait to make😌 thank you for sharing this!!!

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