This is an easy, deliciously moist bread that my kids love and can make themselves.

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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 - 8x4 inch loaf pans.

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  • In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, eggs, oil, pudding mix, water, and poppy seeds. Spread batter into two greased 8x4 inch loaf pans.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

199.2 calories; 3.1 g protein; 24.1 g carbohydrates; 43.8 mg cholesterol; 264.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2007
I actually made these in small loaf pans and gave them away as gifts for Christmas. It was great! So simple and everyone loved them. I also glazed them with a simple recipe I found on here. 1/4 orange juice, 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract. I warmed it on the stove until the sugar melted then poured it over the top of the cakes while they were still hot. So gooooood!!! P.S. If you are looking for "BREAD" like you find in the store, this isn't it. This is more of a cake, like banana bread isn't bread, its cake. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/18/2006
Sorry but the one time I made this bread it was nothing like what everyone raves about. Just OK and will not make again. Read More
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164 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 130
  • 4 star values: 29
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2007
I actually made these in small loaf pans and gave them away as gifts for Christmas. It was great! So simple and everyone loved them. I also glazed them with a simple recipe I found on here. 1/4 orange juice, 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract. I warmed it on the stove until the sugar melted then poured it over the top of the cakes while they were still hot. So gooooood!!! P.S. If you are looking for "BREAD" like you find in the store, this isn't it. This is more of a cake, like banana bread isn't bread, its cake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2004
I've made this same recipe but in a bundt pan and served it as a cake. It's nice and sweet, more cakelike than breadlike. I took the leftovers to work, and my secretary went ga-ga over it. I do use a glaze after letting the cake cool for 15 minutes. The glaze is 5 tbsp lemon juice, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/4 butter brought to a boil in a saucepan and drizzled over the cake while hot. It's very good and doesn't taste like it came from a cake mix! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2003
This cake/bread is great! Whenever I make it, it's gone in a day or two, and it's so easier. I make an easy glaze for it too. 1 tbsp lemon juice or milk, and about 1/2 cup powered sugar. I keep adding powered sugar or lemon juice until I get it to a thick enough consistency for a glaze. I usually make this in a bread pan and flip it onto a plate and then dump the glaze on. It's easy, fast, and tastes great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2004
This is EASY and fabulous! Very moist and flavorful. Everyone wants the recipe. Keeps very well, too, if you can manage to hide it!! I did make some changes. First, I used 1/3 cup of oil, the juice of one lemon with water added to make one cup total(rather than plain water) to make it more lemony, and I took the zest from that lemon and chopped it finely and added it to the batter. Finally, I baked it in a bundt pan, and after baking, added glaze made from lemon juice and powdered sugar. This all just kicks the lemon flavor up a notch (to borrow a phrase). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2005
This recipe was easy and delicious! I changed it up a little bit. Since I didn't have any poppyseeds I used dried sweetened cranberries (cut up into small bits). I also made them as muffins (cooked for 20 minutes). YUMMY Lemon Cranberry Muffins! Turned out great and everyone loved them. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2003
I've used this recipe three times with great results. It took me longer to bake than the recipe suggests but that could be because of my oven. A nice touch is to add a 1/2 a teaspoon of almond extract. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2004
This turned out great. I baked it in a 9x13in pan because the top is my favorite part. It took 35min. to bake. I didn't add any glaze or anything because this stands on its own! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2011
These are delicious. Here's an idea that I use and may be helpful to those who don't want to make a full size recipe. I mix all the dry ingredients together and then divide them into 4 plastic bags. When I'm ready to bake a few muffins I spray a mini muffin tin w/ non-stick spray. Add 1 egg, 1/8 cup oil, 1/8 cup water and 1/8 cup lemon juice to the dry mix. Fill cups about 2/3 full and bake 18-20 minutes. Yield: about 14 mini muffins. Perfect for me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2015
I made this for holiday gifts It was easy and very moist. I already had a almond poppy seed cake so I left out the seeds. For the water part I juiced and zested 4 lemons along with the water to make one cup. I told people it was a secret recipe when they asked for the recipe.;-) It was that easy!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/18/2006
Sorry but the one time I made this bread it was nothing like what everyone raves about. Just OK and will not make again. Read More
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