This is a family favorite. It is a moist, delicious cake with just a hint of sherry. This cake does not need frosting. Try out the varied combinations too.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 degrees C). Lightly grease and flour one 10 inch tube or bundt pan.

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  • Mix together the yellow cake mix, vanilla pudding, vegetable oil, cream sherry, eggs, vanilla extract, almond extract, and poppy seeds, beat at medium speed with an electric mixer for approximately 7 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pan.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 to 50 minutes.

  • Variations: Poppy seeds may not work with these variations: 1) chocolate cake mix with chocolate pudding, 2) white cake mix with pistachio pudding and a dash of green food coloring (nice for St. Patrick's Day or Christmas), 3) yellow cake mix with lemon pudding, and 4) 3/4 cup oil and 3/4 cup beer (not everyone's first choice!)

Nutrition Facts

381 calories; 4.1 g protein; 43.9 g carbohydrates; 62.9 mg cholesterol; 514 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2004
My family has been making this cake for years. We love it! The only difference is that we don't add the seeds. We also make the chocolate version although the sherry flavor doesn't come through as much. Be sure and use decent sweet sherry and not cooking sherry. Delicious subtle nutty flavor from the sherry! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2004
My family has been making this cake for years. We love it! The only difference is that we don't add the seeds. We also make the chocolate version although the sherry flavor doesn't come through as much. Be sure and use decent sweet sherry and not cooking sherry. Delicious subtle nutty flavor from the sherry! Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2004
My family has been making this cake for years. We love it! The only difference is that we don't add the seeds. We also make the chocolate version although the sherry flavor doesn't come through as much. Be sure and use decent sweet sherry and not cooking sherry. Delicious subtle nutty flavor from the sherry! Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2004
This is the most flavorful and EASY cake to make! I omit the poppy seeds and add a ribbon of 1/4 c chopped walnuts 1/2 c sugar and 2 T brown sugar and 2 T cinnamon to the middle. I just pour 1/2 the batter in the pan sprinkle the mixture over the batter and pour the rest on top. Same baking. Adds a nice touch especially if you like a hint of cinnamon!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2004
This is delicious simple & fast - what more could we ask for? Make it in a decorative bundt pan (I use Williams-Sonoma's cathedral pan) with a dusting of confectioner's sugar and you have a dessert which will stand up in any company. Note: my variation of this recipe uses two boxes of instant pudding and also includes 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2005
I just l0ve this cake and sp does every one who has tasted it! You can make any flavor of cake you want and play around with the recipe by changong the puddin flavor compared to the cake. A favorite is chocolate cake mix with banana or caramel pudding. Evening trying different types of Sherry adds just a bit of a different kick to it. Awesome recipe!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2009
YUM. my aunt makes this every year for xmas. she bakes it in little loaf pans. it's so delicious she always brings a loaf for me but now i can make it whenever i want! goooooood! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2010
I did not have the sherry for this so made a small adjustment but this cake was a huge hit with adults and kids alike! I will make this again for sure! Read More
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