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!!
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  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!
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  4. That looks really yummy – and so professional. Good luck!
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  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!
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  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.
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  8. Wow! Your cake looks wonderful. The vanilla fruit salad looks great too.
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  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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