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My Family’s Favorite Sherry Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

Easy Sherry Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

yield: 10 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 50 MINUTES

total time: 60 MINUTES

Ingredients

For the Cake:

For the Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cream sherry
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

1

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2

Combine all cake ingredients in a large bowl and mix well until blended. You can use beaters or a stand mixer if desired.

3

Pour batter into a greased bundt cake pan.  Bake for 45-50 minutes, until cooked through.

4

Let cool first, then invert cake on a plate or cake stand.

5

For the glaze: Melt butter, sugar, water, and sherry in a small saucepan on the stove.

6

Bring to a boil for a few minutes, and then pour over top of cake to glaze.

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glazing a sherry poppy seed bundt cake

Need a unique and delicious cake idea?!

If there’s an occasion that calls for an insanely delicious gooey cake, this Sherry Poppy Seed Bundt Cake is it! Today I’m sharing a cherished cake recipe from my family. And while it’s perfect for any special occasion, it’s still simple enough for a weeknight treat.

slice of sherry poppy seed cake on a cake stand

This cake is an oldie but a goodie!

Meet the famous Sherry Poppy Seed Bundt Cake, recipe courtesy of my Aunt Lisa. It has been requested for generations of family gatherings over the years – birthdays, every holiday, and even dyed green for St. Patty’s Day!

It’s a moist cake that features a buttery sweet glaze that’s to die for!  I love that it’s an easy boxed yellow cake with pudding mix, yet tastes like it comes from a fancy bakery. If you like rum cake, this is a little similar but uses a sweet Sherry wine.

ingredients on counter for poppy seed sherry cake

Tips/Notes:

  • Cream Sherry wine is found with the sweet wines in the grocery store, and it’s what makes this cake taste special. Just buy the least expensive bottle. Don’t use cooking sherry, which is completely different.
  • Prefer zero alcohol? Substitute the sherry with pineapple juice.
  • I’ve served this cake with a simple powdered sugar dusting for a lighter coffee cake.
  • I’ve also served this cake with a delicious butter/sherry glaze that makes it over the top amazing. It’s really fantastic and rich.

pouring sherry poppyseed cake into a bundt pan

cake stand with poppyseed sherry cake


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Easy Sherry Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

yield: 10 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 50 MINUTES

total time: 60 MINUTES

This crowd-pleasing sour cream and pudding bundt cake will soon be a family favorite!

Ingredients

For the Cake:

For the Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cream sherry
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

1

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2

Combine all cake ingredients in a large bowl and mix well until blended. You can use beaters or a stand mixer if desired.

3

Pour batter into a greased bundt cake pan.  Bake for 45-50 minutes, until cooked through.

4

Let cool first, then invert cake on a plate or cake stand.

5

For the glaze: Melt butter, sugar, water, and sherry in a small saucepan on the stove.

6

Bring to a boil for a few minutes, and then pour over top of cake to glaze.

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top view of sherry poppy seed cake

This cake will WOW at your next party!

Seriously, be prepared to hand out the recipe or share this link, because people will ask! Sherry Poppy Seed cake is a definite crowd-pleaser and a no-fail easy recipe at the same time. The sour cream and pudding make it dense, yet creamy, and the gooey buttery glaze throws it over the top DELISH.  I know your family will really enjoy it too! 🙂

slice of sherry poppy seed cake on the plate


Lina (lina@hip2save.com) loves cooking new recipes, thrift store shopping, and DIY home decor projects.

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Comments 33

  1. Harlow

    Wow thank you for sharing this recipe. I know it’s tried and true:) must be 21 or over to snack though;)!! Lol just playing; )

    • Lina D

      Sure! Enjoy 😀

  2. lilmamajoey

    Awesome! My family makes a similar one with amaretto (almond or vanilla extract works in a pinch). Thanks!!

    • Lina D

      Oh that sounds yum too!

    • marie

      Wonder what it would taste like made with Kalua?

  3. Elisa214

    I want to make this, i have all the ingredients except the poppy seeds. Where do i buy them. Walmart and my local grocery store do not have them. I can order on amazon i guess

    • Lina D

      Oh they can be usually be found with the spices in your local grocery store or big box type store.

  4. sne3103

    Do you think this would work without the poppy seeds? Looks so good!

    • Lina D

      Yes i think so! Thanks so much <3

  5. Gwen

    I love when Hip2Save posts these unique recipes! I am still making the cream cheese and jam tarts recipe from years ago.

    • Lina D

      Oh my gosh those are awesome too! Thanks Gwen, that made my day.

  6. JES

    Sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing your family recipes with us!

    • Lina D

      You’re very welcome!

  7. Butlerfly

    This sounds awesome. We don’t do alcohol in our house so thank you for the pineapple juice option! Yum!

    • Lina D

      Sure! 😉 Enjoy!

  8. GotItTogetherish

    That sounds delicious!! I wish I wasn’t trying to cut my sugar intake. I’m saving the recipe anyways for when I get a craving. Thanks so much for sharing. That’s so nice of you!

    • Lina D

      Thanks and yes this is a once in while treat for sure! 👍❤️ You’re welcome!

  9. brindha

    Looks yummy Lina…Thanks 🙂

    • Lina D

      Sure Brindha!

  10. brindha

    If i dont have a bundt cake pan can i do this in cupcakes or 9*13 pan or 8*8 pan if so what time and temp for each please?

  11. Yvonne

    My best friend has been making this cake for over 20 years. She called it “wine cake”, but hers didn’t include poppy seeds. This is a wonderful recipe and taste great with coffee. She also give them away as mini bundt cakes as Christmas gifts. Just like “Nothing bundt cakes”, but I think hers taste better.

    • Lina D

      Oh fun! I want to try mini bundt cakes now!

  12. Jen D

    Looks so yummy! My parents always made a chocolate chocolate chip cake that doctors up a box of devils food cake mix with sour cream and chocolate chips and it’s AWESOME. I will have to give this a shot!

    • Lina D

      Oh that sounds yum! Thanks Jen!

  13. apwade21

    Yum! Gonna try this thanks!

  14. Donna

    Lina-is the cake box size in this recipe correct? I can’t find an 18 oz box of yellow cake mix in the grocery stores, only 15.25 oz. Has anyone tried to make this recipe with the 15.25 oz size or had any luck finding the larger size anywhere? Thanks!

    • Lina D

      I think each brand may be diff or they change over the years. You can use the 15.25! I’ll note that in recipe.

      • Donna

        Thanks Lina- I can’t wait to make this!

  15. Brenda

    I cant find Cream sherry,looked in some grocery stores and even on, do you have any suggestions Would a liquor store carry it? I live in Montana

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh darn! I found in my Kroger with the sweet wine, but did have to have someone help direct me. Yes I bet liquor stores would! Sorry you’re not having luck,

      • Brenda

        Thank you

  16. LiSa Culpepper

    You are a life saver. I have had this recipe for years. Lost my recipe!!!! Just by chance searched web and there you were. I remembered all ingredients just couldn’t remember amounts. Thank you for posting.

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