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Almond Lemon Poppyseed Cake

It’s taken me awhile, but I’ve figured out my ultimate “best case scenario” running situation.

1. 90 minutes in advance: bagel with peanut butter and banana.
2. 60 minutes in advance: coffee and water

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3. My lucky compression socks
4. Mostly sunny and 59 degrees

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5. Imagine Dragons

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6. The promise of the most epic Easter brunch ever!

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I ran 7 miles this morning. By mile 5, all I could think about was Almond Lemon Poppyseed Cake and tofu Benedict.

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Menu:
Fresh fruit (pineapple, watermelon, strawberries, grapes and oranges)
Almond Lemon Poppyseed Cake (cause I couldn’t choose between almond or lemon)
Tofu Benedict with chipotle crema
Home fries
Stripples (veggie bacon)
Coffee and OJ

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The table was full (except for Aunt B…sigh…) and excitement was high!

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Some of us were excited about Almond Lemon Poppyseed Cake

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Some of us were excited about Easter eggs.

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Obviously. Also. Please note the football Halloween costume. I need to burn that thing.

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Funny story: my little bunnies know which eggs are the “good” ones. While hunting, Miss Rae came across a boiled, dyed egg. She picked it up, checked it out and put it back, in search of a candy egg. We’re going for quality not quantity. What would I expect from a child raised in a somewhat vegan household?

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The sun was shining. Miss Rae was wearing her fairy wings. I had a cup of hot coffee in my hands.

Life doesn’t get much better than this…

Happy Easter!

Almond Lemon Poppyseed Cake

Ingredients

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 TBS baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 TBS poppyseeds
2 cups water
3/4 cup olive oil
2 TBS apple cider vinegar
2 tsp almond extract
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 TBS lemon zest

Glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 TBS water, 2 TBS fresh lemon juice

Instructions

Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, poppyseeds and zest in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl combine water, vinegar, oil, extract and lemon juice. Mix into dry ingredients. It will foam and expand (thus, the large bowl).

Bake in a greased bundt pan at 350 for 40 minutes.

While baking, whisk glaze ingredients and drizzle over warm cake.

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