Almond Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

Bundt cakes belong at picnics. They’re not covered in delicate frosting, so they won’t get destroyed in transport. And more importantly, they’re so pretty! They add just the right amount of fancy to a picnic, without being fussy.

My bundt pan used to live in the garage because we didn’t have enough storage in our old kitchen. We moved in March and our new kitchen has lots of storage, so my bundt pan now has a home in the kitchen, where it belongs. Now that I see it all the time, I’ve made more bundt cakes than ever and have become a little obsessed with them. I love them because there’s crust in every slice of cake.

This Almond Poppy Seed Bundt Cake recipe is super easy to throw together. It has a strong almond flavor, so if you don’t like that flavor, you could omit the almond extract and add some lemon zest instead. If you’re worried about transporting the cake with the glaze on it, you can use less glaze or just leave it off entirely. Even Emily, the self-proclaimed cake-hater loves this cake.


Almond Poppy Seed Bundt Cake


1 bundt cake

Prep Time / Cook Time


Activity Guide

Car Camping, Picnic


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • pinch of salt


  • Large bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Medium bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Rubber spatula
  • Small bowl
  • Whisk
  • 10 or 12-cup Bundt Pan


  1. Preheat oven to 350 ° F. Grease and flour a bundt pan.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and poppy seeds.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine eggs, milk, oil, and extracts. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and stir to combine well.
  4. Pour batter into bundt pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  5. Let the cake cool for 15-20 minutes and then invert it on a plate.

For the Glaze

  1. Whisk together powdered sugar, milk, almond extract, and salt.
  2. Drizzle glaze over the top of the cake and let it cool completely.

3 thoughts on “Almond Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

  1. Some of the other poppy seed cake recipes mention boiling the poppyseeds in milk or softening them, and this recipe does not. Do they need to be softened?

  2. I made this tonight for a BBQ it was so fast to put together last minute and sooo yummy! Very moist and delicious.

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