Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton says the poppyseed association comes from the fact that Esther "subsisted for three days on poppy seeds and chickpeas while she found the courage to tell her husband, the king of Persia, that his vizier Haman was plotting to annihilate the Jews." I also found reference to A Poppyseed Purim, which is described as a "lighthearted look at the story of Esther." Maybe it's just me, but the plot to annihilate the Jews doesn't seem to lend itself to a lot of lightheartedness. Still, Esther was very clever, and that's worth celebrating. As are poppyseed pastries, including this cake.
lemon cake mix. It takes a few minutes longer, but it's so worth the time to get out your lemon zester to make this delicious cake that tastes like all the good things that are in it: butter, sour cream, poppy seeds, and lots of lemon.
Ngoc: "Is it hard to make? I want the recipe so I can have it every day."
Sean: "It's good, but I would have liked a glaze with it."
Tony: "Just the right amount of lemon."
Annette: "Very fresh tasting. Sometimes lemon can be overwhelming in cakes, but this isn't."
Cyndi: "Awesome. I have an old favorite lemon poppyseed cake recipe, but this is better. I love the lemon zest in the cake."
Jim: "I wouldn't know."