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Strawberry Poppy Seed Cake for #BundtBakers

Strawberry Poppy Seed Cake | Magnolia Days

What do Easter, spring, lemons, flowers, seeds, a book, strawberries, and a salad have in common? They are all parts to the story behind this Strawberry Poppy Seed cake. It begins with a simple theme for the Bundt Bakers group; bake a cake for Easter or spring. Plowing through my cookbooks and cake recipes gave the first impulse of one to make. It would be lemon. Yep, that was it. Well, until I went out and saw the first signs of growth on my poppy plant. It would not be long before those lovely flowers would be blooming. It inspired me to add poppy seeds to the cake. Lemon poppy seed cake became the plan.

A little voice in the back of my head questioned using lemon. While it is a common pairing for poppy seeds, something else might be more adventurous. Once again I checked in the ultimate recipe development resource book, The Flavor Bible, and saw strawberries listed under poppy seeds. Immediately my thoughts went back to the early 90’s when a friend brought a strawberry poppy seed salad to a potluck. Oh how I enjoyed that salad. The flavors went so well together. The cake plan changed again, this time for good.

Strawberries and Poppy Seeds | Magnolia Days

How is the strawberry poppy seed cake? The strawberry part is very subtle. There is a hint of it in the background against a nutty seed flavor. The color of the cake is not the expected pink or red. Only the glaze gives a clue as to what is inside.

Strawberry Poppy Seed Cake | Magnolia Days

It is a moist cake with an airy texture. Poppy seeds give a touch of crunchiness to each bite. There should be enough glaze to save for serving or you can make extra. A drizzle over a slice adds a pop of color. Plus it is a bonus to those who love glaze and frosting.

Strawberry Poppy Seed Cake | Magnolia Days

What cakes do you enjoy for Easter or spring? The bundt bakers have some mighty tasty recipes to share for this month’s theme. Getting to them is only a click away. Scroll down to find details on how you can join in the monthly Bundt Bakers fun. And big thanks to Tara of Noshing with the Nolands for hosting this month. For more spring or Easter recipes look at Lemon Parsley Cocktail and Coconut Cupcakes.

Strawberry Poppy Seed Cake

A recipe for a Strawberry Poppy Seed Cake. It is made with strawberries, poppy seeds, baked in a bundt pan and topped with a strawberry glaze.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Author Renee


For the cake:

  • 16 ounce container frozen sliced strawberries with sugar thawed*
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk at room temperature

For the glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons strawberry purée
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Milk as needed


For the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10- or 12-cup bundt pan.
  2. Put the strawberries and juice into a blender. Blend until puréed.
  3. Whisk together flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Add vanilla and beat to combine.
  7. Combine buttermilk and 3/4 cup strawberry purée.
  8. Add flour mixture in three additions, alternatively with buttermilk/strawberry in two additions, mixing on low speed until just combined. Do not over mix.
  9. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread batter evenly in the pan.
  10. Bake for 45 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick when inserted into the center comes out clean.
  11. Cool cake in the pan for 10 minutes. Turn out cake on to a wire rack. Cool completely.
  12. Drizzle glaze over top of cake. Transfer cake to serving plate.
  13. Keep cake refrigerated when not serving.

For the glaze:

  1. Stir together confectioners sugar, strawberry puree, vanilla, and salt in a small bowl. Add milk, about a teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached (should be pour-able but not too thin).
  2. Extra or leftover glaze can be used for serving.

Recipe Notes

*You can also use fresh hulled and chopped strawberries that have been macerated with sugar. Leftover strawberry puree should be refrigerated and used within 1 week.

What is Bundt Bakers? It’s a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bundts with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Bundt Bakers Pinterest board for incredible bundt cake recipes and inspiration. Stacy of Food Lust People Love heads up our group and has a #BundtBakers page where you can find information and links to the recipes for each month.

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How is the monthly theme determined? We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

Would you like to join in the fun? If you are a food blogger, send an email to Stacy at [email protected] or ask to join our private Facebook group.

Recipe Rating


Sunday 27th of April 2014

Gorgeous bundt! Love the flavour combo.


Wednesday 30th of April 2014

Thanks Kelster

Felice/All That's Left Are The Crumbs

Saturday 26th of April 2014

Renee your cakes are always so pretty, and I really love the flavor combination you chose for this month. I really do need to add The Flavor Bible to my library.


Wednesday 30th of April 2014

Yes, definitely get The Flavor Bible. I don't know what I would do without it now.

Jean |

Monday 21st of April 2014

That looks delicious! And it's been too long since I've had the old Bundt pan out, so ...


Saturday 26th of April 2014

Now don't let the old bundt pan sit for too long. Time to get baking...

veronica gantley

Sunday 20th of April 2014

Your Bundt sounds delicious and easy! I cant wait to make it for my family.


Saturday 26th of April 2014

Thanks Veronica and I hope your family will enjoy it.

Melanie | Melanie Makes

Saturday 19th of April 2014

What a great flavor combination - love the use of poppy seeds here!


Saturday 26th of April 2014

Thanks! I'm so glad I remembered the flavor combo and used it for this cake. I see more baked goods and even dressings with it too.