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August 3, 2011

Lemon Poppyseed Cake & White Icing

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Every time I go grocery shopping, the baking aisle seems to lure me in.  I just love looking at all the different flours, extracts, utensils and pans.  Recently though, I saw a bundt pan and just had to have it.  I picked it up and thought of what I could bake in it...

      Chocolate cake?  Been there.

            Pound cake?  Done that.

I turned around with the pan in my hands and saw the Betty Crocker Lemon Poppy Seed muffin mix sitting neatly on the shelf...  yeah, I'll bake that!  Only from scratch, and uh, not hazardous to my health (no, Betty Crocker, your mixes no longer appeal to me!)

Trial #1:
Pretty good! The cake was airy and sweet, but not sweet enough. The lemon wasn't as bold as I thought it would be, so the lemon extract needed to be increased. Sadly, it was a little heavy on the stomach. I need to lighten it up so I'll add more applesauce.

Trial #2:
I ran out of lemon extract so I knew there wouldn't be enough lemon flavor, but it was sweet enough from adding more stevia. I added more applesauce and added one more egg replacer. It was moist, but It was still dense and heavy like the first trial.

Trial #3:
Mmmm... the lemon flavor came through, and the sweetness made eating the cake much more enjoyable. It is still dense, but soft at the same time. If you don't have a bundt pan, I recommend baking this batter in 2 cake pans. Double the icing recipe below and put some in between the cake as well as on top, then slice and serve!

Lemon Poppyseed Cake:  [low fat, high fiber/protein]
(makes one large bundt cake)

       480g (4 cups) Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
        120g (1+1/2 cup) Whey Protein Concentrate
        96g (1/2 cup) Sucanat (or dry sweetener of choice)
        1/4 cup Poppyseeds
        1 tbs Baking Powder
        1 tsp Baking Soda
        1/2 tsp Sea Salt

        21g (3 tbs) Egg Replacer + 1/2 cup Water
        738g (3 cups) Unsweetened Applesauce
        225g (1 cup) Plain, Nonfat Greek Yogurt
        84g (1/4 cup) Honey
        56g (1/4 cup) Grapeseed Oil (or any other neutral oil)
        5 tsp Stevia Extract
        4-5 tsp Lemon Extract
        2 tsp Vanilla Extract
        2 tsp Butter Extract

1.  Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a large bundt pan with cooking spray.
2.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg replacer and water, then whisk in the rest of the wet ingredients.
3.  In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.  Add the wet to dry and fold gently (do not overmix).  Pour batter into the bundt pan and bake for 80-90 minutes, or when the surface is firm when touched.
4.  Flip the pan onto a wire cooling rack, but leave the pan on the cake for ~10 minutes.  Remove the pan and make the icing (recipe below)

^^ it looks and tastes like real icing!

I'm so happy an icing can be healthy.

White Icing:  [fat free, high protein]
    147g (7 tbs) Honey
    52g (6 tbs) Dried Nonfat Milk

1.  In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, microwave the honey for 10-15 seconds, until slightly warm.
2.  Stir in the dried milk (it will look like there is not enough honey, but just be patient, it will mix in.  It will also be super thick so flex those muscles!)
3.  Let the icing cool, then drop dessert of choice!

If you don't use all the icing, place in the fridge and use for any other dessert topping  :)


  1. Thanks for the recipe and the beautiful pictures!!! I love lemon poppy seed cake especially with icing because its super delicious! You should try out another recipe that I found on , a bit different but same cake.

  2. Oh my goodness... This looks incredible. I don't have honey or brown rice syrup, do you think it would be possible to sub light agave in the icing?


    1. Yes! You can definitely use agave :) Try adding 126g/6 tbs first, since agave is a little more liquidy/runny than honey.

    2. Thankyou! *happy dance* I am a bit too excited to try this.

      Also, love the homemade Uncrustables idea, totally jonesing for a pastry press. We don't have Uncrustables in the UK, but I love the adorable sammiches you've made! I have a teeny little "pocket cake" mold that does Hello Kitty faces, which I use fat-free pancake batter in to make mini cashew butter pancake-sandwiches (or pancakewiches):


    3. That is the most adorable pocket mold EVER :D Your recipe sounds awesome too! Pancakes and nut butter make everything delicious :)

  3. Hey Jessica! I was wondering if you have some more recipes for homemade icings. I made a few different kinds today using plain Greek yogurt and truvia, but they were slightly tart. I think next time, I'll try using vanilla Greek yogurt and straining it overnight to drain some of the excess liquid. Also, I got this crazy idea to make homemade whipped cream out of almond milk and truvia, but I'm not sure it can be you have any insight on that? I know that you typically use heavy whipping cream, but I wonder if you can get the same effect by making a thick version of homemade almond milk and whipping that with the truvia.

    1. Hi Toni, I haven't had much success in recreating certain toppings (like buttercream), but you can check out my glazes, frostings, etc at my Recipes tab at the top of the page under the header, or here:

      As for the whipped cream, the almond milk may work if you whip it long enough. I have bookmarked a whipped cream recipe made out of evaporated milk for the longest time but have never got around to trying it out. You can check out the recipe here and see if almond milk would work:

    2. In MY experience, no go on the whipped cream made from almond milk, even with one of those CO2 aerator thingies. There just isn't enough fat to make it work. Cow-less whipped toppings can be made from coconut milk (the full-fat kind in the cans), raw cashews pureed with water and sweetener which is creamy but not fluffy, or tofu ditto with some other stuff like oil and agar added. Google "non-dairy whipped cream recipe" for specific recipes. Or you can buy a Very Expensive stuff called "Healthy Top" made by MimicCreme.

      Since I'm single and it would be a Very Bad Thing to have significant quantities of this kind of stuff around even if I considered them perfect substitutes (which I don't, sorry), I admit I usually just break down and buy TruWhip from the freezer case. It's basically Cool Whip made with ingredients you can actually pronounce and recognize, most of them organic, none GMO, and it's not too expensive. It's in a lot of ordinary grocery stores now, as well as the spendy natural-food places. If you grew up with Cool Whip, you'll definitely get a hit of nostalgia. If I'm in the mood for cow squeezin's, Cabot's aerosol-can stuff is the best one of that ilk I've had by far (don't talk to me about ReddiWip - ewww). It may be a regional brand in the eastern US.

      The evaporated milk deal works best if you have a hand blender aka stick blender or immersion blender. Organic evaporated milk can be found in many health-food stores. It really does need the gelatin, though, or it falls apart immediately. I'm sure one could substitute agar for gelatin in the usual fashion. The nonfat-dry-milk-and-gelatin concoction is vile, in my opinion.

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