8. Lemon Poppyseed Cake

Calories: 215

I make this for my book club meetings, and everyone loves it… it’s so good on fall nights with a little coffee or tea!


1 ½ cups whole-wheat pastry flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup poppy seeds, toasted

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

1/ 4 teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

¼ cup canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 large eggs, at room temperature (see Tip)

2 large egg whites, at room temperature

1 ¼ cups sugar

¾ cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon water


• Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 12-cup Bundt pan, preferably nonstick, with cooking spray and dust with flour (or use cooking spray with flour).

• Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Combine buttermilk, oil, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice in a glass measuring cup.

• Beat eggs, egg whites and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until thickened and pale, about 5 minutes.

• Fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture with a rubber spatula, a third at a time, alternating with 2 additions of the buttermilk mixture. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly.

• Bake the cake until the top springs back when touched lightly and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

• To prepare glaze: Sift 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar into a small bowl; mix with lemon juice and water to create a thin glaze. Poke 1-inch-deep holes all over the cake with a skewer. Coat the warm cake with the glaze using a pastry brush. Let cool completely. To serve, set the cake on a serving plate and dust with confectioners' sugar. Impressive to look at, and absolutely delicious to eat!

Don’t all of these sound delicious? It’s hard to believe these are all guilt-free desserts, perfectly acceptable in almost any weight loss plan. Which of these desserts will you choose first? Or do you have another recipe for a guilt-free dessert to share?

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