McCormick Lemon Extract and Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

You all know I love baking and sharing recipes here on my blog. I get a lot of joy in making things, from cookies for my children to a decorated birthday cake to a quick and easy family meal. Over the years, I’ve learned that some brands can make a big difference when it comes to quality. McCormick is the brand I use for all my spices. For years, I used the cheap $1 spices, but when I bought some McCormick spices on sale, I knew I had to make the switch. The difference was obvious and I haven’t looked back since.

You can see my cupboard is full of McCormick products:

McCormick has joined the Pinterest world and created their own recipe boards, from “Cakes to Crave” to “Slow Cooker Suppers.” They have many tasty-looking recipes that help inspire spring creations in the kitchen. I found myself repinning many of them. It’s not just baking, there’s other great recipes too, such as this delicious “Very Vanilla Fruit Salad.”

McCormick is also hosting a Spring “Pin-Spiration” Contest, in which you create your own Pinterest board with McCormick recipes you’d like to try anda photo of your own creation. In return you could win a fantastic prize! It ends April 22nd – just a couple days away, so get your entries in now! Details & prizes are below:

I was sent a selection of McCormick spices to help me recreate a McCormick recipe.

I had a hard time deciding what to make because everything looked so good. (And believe me, I have quite a few McCormick recipes pinned for future reference.) I finally picked the Easy Lemon Poppy Seed Cake. It looked simple and delicious. Plus I was eager to try the McCormick Lemon Extract, which was new for me.

This cake did not disappoint. It’s light and moist and the lemon flavor is just perfect. I made it for our church group and there wasn’t much left afterwards!


What You’ll Need:

    • 1 package (16 oz) pound cake
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 2 eggs
    • 4 teaspoons McCormick Lemon Extract
    • 2 tablespoons Poppy Seeds

For the glaze:

  • 1.5 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Lemon Extract

Preheat the oven to 350º.  Add the cake mix, sour cream, water, eggs, and extract to a large bowl

McCormick Lemon Extract:

Beat on low speed until moistened. Then beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. (I beat it for about 2 minutes with my heavy duty mixer – I didn’t want to overdo it.)

Stir in the poppy seeds

and mix until well blended.

Pour into a greased and floured 10 cup Bundt pan.

Bake 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Invert cake onto a wire rack. Cool completely.

For the Lemon Glaze:

Mix 1.5 cups of confectioner’s sugar, 1 tablespoon of water, and 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Lemon Extract. If it’s too thick, add 1-3 more teaspoons of water until the glaze is smooth and of desired consistency.I added an extra 2 teaspoons of water.

Drizzle the cake with the glaze.

*Recipe credit goes to McCormick. You can print the recipe from their website.


 I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for McCormick. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for participating

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About the Author

Erika is a happily married mom with four energetic children. With a love for Jesus, photography, organizing, and encouraging other moms, she stays busy and definitely does not have it all together.


  1. Looks delicious!! I need a Bundt pan first!!

  2. This looks incredible! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Ok all I can say is..Mmmmm! I gotta make that for fam loves lemon! Thanks for sharing Erika!

  4. That looks really yummy – and so professional. Good luck!

  5. Hmmm, I might have to try this with cupcakes and freeze some – there are only two people in my house… we don’t need a whole cake to tempt us!

  6. Kristen Fleming says:

    Chad and I both commented on the way home how yummy this cake was!!! Definitely a winner!

  7. That sounds like a great recipe. The pictures have me salivating.

  8. Wow! Your cake looks wonderful. The vanilla fruit salad looks great too.

  9. That looks delicious. I’ll have to pin it into my Sweet treats from here so I can find it easily. Thanks for this recipe!!

  10. Nina Kimwa says:

    It looks yummy!

  11. Debbie Welchert says:

    This is definitely a maker. My grandkids would love it and so would I.

  12. Maria Iemma says:

    Love bundt cakes and this is an easy and elegant cake to make. I will try the recipe next time my sister in law comes over. She loves lemon like I do.

  13. Lemon and poppyseeds are such a winning combination!

  14. Liz Neal says:

    Sounds yummy and easy. My daughter would love this cake.

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