When I saw this recipe on The Sister’s Cafe, I knew I had to try it. It was so delicious. I loved it, loved it. The cake was moist (thanks to the same method as the Perfect Lemon Cake and the Super Moist Fudge Bundt Cake) and lightly flavored with citrus. The butter glaze, while decadent, is essential in my book. I mean, you are eating cake, why not glaze it with butter and sugar right? The glaze soaks into the cake giving it a delicious, light (but not light, if you know what I mean) buttery texture and taste. This is a perfect summery dessert and would also be great for a ladies luncheon or baby or bridal shower. I dusted the top of my cake lightly with powdered sugar to give it a little oomph in the way of looks.

Glazed Poppyseed Bundt Cake

Glazed Poppyseed Bundt Cake


  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3.5 oz) box of instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 tablespoon poppyseeds
  • 1/2 cup pinapple or orange juice (I used pineapple)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup sour cream (I use reduced fat)
  • 4 eggs
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 cube)


  1. For the cake, mix yellow cake mix, vanilla pudding and poppyseeds. Add juice, oil, and sour cream and mix. Add 4 eggs one at a time, mix well. Grease and flour a bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes (don’t overbake).
  2. When the cake is about 10 minutes from being done start the glaze.
  3. For the glaze, bring ingredients to a boil and keep bubbling until ready to pour over cake. You can either pour the glaze over the cake while it is in the pan or turn the cake out onto a cooling rack and pour the glaze over the cake that way. It is really like syrup that soaks in. (Some commenters have said that glazing the cake in the pan makes it hard to remove because the glaze gets sticky. I glazed it out of the pan and it worked great.) Give it a few minutes to soak in and then turn it out onto a cake plate. Optional: dust top of cake with powdered sugar.

Recipe Source: adapted from The Sister’s Cafe

29 Responses to Glazed Poppyseed Bundt Cake

  1. terri says:

    A sure, no-miss method to removing cakes from Bundt pans (learned from America’s Test Kitchen): melt a couple teaspoons of butter and, using a pastry brush, paint the interior of the Bundt pan, making sure to get all nooks and crannies. then lightly dust with flour. works every single time.

  2. Keri says:

    I made this with lemon juice (and threw in the zest from one lemon into the cake mix). It turned out great.

  3. E says:

    I have been making this very cake for over 10 years now! Even the instructions are the same! It really is so extraordinary and a favorite– people ask for the recipe every-time. I like to pour the glaze over the cake while it is still in the bundt and then let it cool completely before turning it over. Maybe that helps with the stickiness issue?? I’m looking for the moist chocolate bundt recipe that used to be here but I don’t see it….that was another great one.

  4. Sara says:

    Mmm, amazing! I like your thoughts on the butter/sugar glaze…go big or go home, right?! πŸ™‚

  5. annebabe says:

    this was fantastic!!! the glaze totally made the cake. i am excited to make this for my mom’s birthday later this month. perhaps i’ll show some self restraint and not eat HALF THE CAKE BY MYSELF. oops, did i really just admit to that? πŸ˜‰

  6. Melanie says:

    Bunny – poppyseeds are more texture than taste, in my opinion. If anything they have a flat, crunchy taste – definitely not sweet but they compliment desserts like this really well.

  7. Bunny says:

    This looks wonderful!! I’ve never put poppy seeds in anything, do they have a taste to them ???

  8. Abby says:

    Hah hah! And here I thought you were also the Melanie of “The Sisters’ Cafe” as well. Not sure what gave me that idea…anyway, it took this post referencing it and then me finding a comment of yours on a recipe I asked a question on, clicking to your profile to finally realize…so, just something funny to give you a laugh. πŸ™‚

  9. Amy and David Ziehl says:

    This was definitely one of my favorite cakes EVER!! It was so light and fluffy and totally delish! I totally recommended this one!!

  10. Rebecca says:

    wow- made this today for a visiting teaching luncheon and everyone (including myself) was dying over it! my hsband got a little too and said it was the best cake he’s ever had. thank you for all your yummy recipes- I tell all my friends about your blog- it’s my favorite. i love, love, love it.

  11. The Bentley Family and Aussiemuminthekitchen says:

    Mmmmm I’m down! I think I’ll give this a try this weekend. I can smell it now. I would make this for the baby shower I’m throwing at the end of this month but I am already making your perfect lemon cake (again YIPPEE) and your buttermilk cupcakes. =)

  12. grace says:

    now that’s what i call a moist cake! it doesn’t even look like it needs a glaze, but who am i kidding…a glaze never hurt anything. πŸ™‚ lovely.

  13. Melanie Anne says:

    I am glad you like this recipe! It is a favorite at our house. My boys get really excited when I make it. The glaze does make it, I agree! And the powdered sugar is a pretty touch! I had to laugh at the comment above–I think we do confuse people!!

  14. jen says:

    ooooh that looks SO good. I love poppyseed anything.

  15. Melanie says:

    Camille – thanks for weighing in on the glaze question. I actually glazed it out of the pan when I made it by I reread the directions and it seemed like it should have been glazed in the pan so I edited the recipe that way. I think I’ll go back and clarify both options. I’m glad you liked it, though!

  16. camille says:

    This is my new favorite cake as well! I do have to tell you though that putting the glaze on while it was still in the pan didn’t work out so well for me. It was hard to get the cake out of the pan when it got sticky. I now take it out and glaze (even though it’s messy)! I guess it’s just preference.

    And I totally agree – it needs the glaze! Go big or go home! πŸ™‚

  17. Melanie says:

    rebabell – wow, what a sweet comment! It was fun to read and I really appreciate your kind words. I’m glad you (and the ladies and the husband) liked the cake. It is a great one for a VT luncheon – great idea!

  18. Hornsfan says:

    Beautiful bundt cake – they always make me think of my paternal grandmother (who would cringe if she saw the word grandmother associated with her name πŸ™‚ ) — she always has some kind of bundt cake on hand to go perfectly with her signature hazelnut coffee!

  19. Stacie Aho says:

    I just made this and it is divine! I doubled the poppy seeds (not sure why- thought I read that somewhere). After pouring the glaze over the cake on the cooling rack, a lot of it just went under the cooling rack (I had a cookie sheet to catch any drips). The cake was still plenty sweet and has a nice crisp thin outer layer. It is so addictive! Thanks Melanie!

  20. Christy says:

    Oh Melanie…this looks wonderful!! I LOVE Bundt cakes..so versatile and yours looks delish! πŸ™‚

  21. Melanie says:

    Jen in CA – I think it is definitely worth a try to use lemon juice. I don’t think it would be too tart and I agree that the combo of lemon an dpoppyseed together would be great. Let me know if you try it!

  22. Annemarie says:

    Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm!!! This is my kind of cake. Can’t wait to try it!

  23. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – ok, I deleted my previous comment because I think I made the cake wrong. After reading the instructions, I amended the recipe to pour the glaze over the cake while still in the pan. I did it after taking the cake out of the pan but realize that was messy and it would be easier to pour it over while the cake is in pan.

  24. Melanie says:

    Abby – I actually realized you were confused based on another comment you left and meant to comment back and clear it up but forgot. It does make for a good laugh!

  25. Jen Olson Brown says:

    I am so excited to try this one! I can imagine the glaze and poppy seeds melting in my mouth! You have inspired a craving that must be met and I appreciate your post!

  26. Melanie says:

    Stacie – I agree, the glazing can be kind of messy. But I’m glad you liked this! Thanks for letting me know. And it sounds as if doubling the poppy seeds is not a bad thing.

  27. Anonymous says:

    I’m wondering if this can be made with lemon juice and not be too tart? My hubby loves lemon and poppyseed together!

    Jen in CA

  28. Anonymous says:

    So do you pour the glaze on while it is still in the bundt pan?

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