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Orange Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

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This Orange Poppy Seed Bundt Cake is a delicious citrus flavored cake with the perfect amount of poppy seed crunch. Enjoy it for breakfast, lunch, brunch, or an after dinner dessert.

orange poppyseed bundt cake on cake pan with cake slice at bottom

March has arrived and I’m super hype about it. I’m only a few months closer to my all time favorite season, summer. But in the meantime, I’ll just enjoy the fact that it’s not freezing cold here in Carolina. Speaking of warmer weather, the change in temperature has made me want to get in the kitchen and bake more. Oddly enough, the warmer it is outside, the more I crave desserts like cakes and oven baked pies. So let me start by sharing this Orange Poppy Seed Bundt Cake Recipe with you.

I’m a huge fan of citrus desserts. Lemon meringue pie is a favorite around here and so is this Grapefruit Cake Recipe. But lemon is always the star of the desserts, so I figure why not give it a go with an orange. This Orange Poppy Seed Bundt Cake takes the cake…haha, get it?

slice of cake

I love this cake because it is so easy to put together and toss in your oven. I love the addition of vegetable oil rather than butter as it keeps the cake moist. I also love the addition of buttermilk for the texture and taste.

Speaking of buttermilk, I tend to run out of it quite frequently, especially when I want to use it in a baked good. I’ve found a good subsitution is to use 1 cup milk and 1 tsp of white vingear. Just combine the two in a measuring cup and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes. Like magic, your milk curdles a little and makes a wonderful buttermilk subsitute.

top of orange poppyseed bundt cake with glaze

I like to enjoy this cake with a nice hot cup of coffee and staring out my living room window. I tend to do this a lot while I listen to a great playlist. For this, Isacc Hayes Walk on By is what I enjoy listening to. I hope you enjoy this Orange Poppy Seed Bundt Cake as much as we do. Until the next baking adventure, enjoy 🙂

Looking for more dessert recipes? Try these out:

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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Creamcheese Frosting

Orange Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 341kcal
Author Tanya


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1.5 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 Tablespoon poppy seeds


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bundt cake pan and set aside. 
    Combine flour, baking powder, salt in a bowl. Whisk and set aside. 
    Beat sugar and oil in a large bowl. Add eggs in one at a time until combined. Add orange juice, vanilla extract, orange zest until combined. 
    Mix in flour mixture and buttermilk to large bowl, alternating between adding the flour and buttermilk until combined. Stir in poppyseeds. 
    Pour batter into bundt cake pan and place into preheated oven. 
    Bake for 50 min to 1 hour or until toothick entered into cake comes out clean. 
    Remove from oven and cool in bundt cake pan for 15 minutes. Remove and allow to cool completey. Pour glaze over top of cake. 

For Glaze

  • Combine powdered sugar, orange juice, and zest and whisk to combine. Pour over cooled bundt cake. 


Notes on Orange Bundt Cake Recipe

  • Add more orange zest for a more dominant orange taste in the cake or glaze.
  • Cake is best served with a cup of coffee.

Suggested Tools & Ingredients for Orange Bundt Cake Recipe

Recipe adapted from Tide & Thyme.


Calories: 341kcal
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Step by Step Photos of Orange Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

dry goods for recipe in bowl
Preheat oven to 350. Grease bundt pan, set aside. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Set aside.
wet ingredients in mixing bowl
Combine vegetable oil and sugar. Add eggs one at a time and combine.
wet ingredients in mixibg bowl with mixing attachment
Add orange juice, vanilla extract, and orange zest.
batter in mixing bowl
Add buttermilk and flour, alternating between adding both until combined. Stor in poppy seeds.
batter in bundt cake pan
Pour in bundt pan and bake in preheated oven for about 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until toothpick comes out clean.
baked cake
Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 15 minutes in pan. Then remove. Allow cake to cool completely.
glaze in glass bowl
Make glaze by combining powdered sugar, orange juice, and zest.
finished cake
Pour glaze over cake and enjoy!

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