Lemon Poppy Seed Cake Recipe for Imbolc (Brigid's Day)
February 2 Isn't Just About Groundhogs
February 2nd is when Groundhog's Day is celebrated in the U.S., but it's also the day we Pagans honor the goddess Brigid (also known as St. Brigid, Bridget, etc.). One of the ways to honor Brigid is to bake a lemon poppy seed cake—although I admit, I wasn't entirely sure why. So, I researched the significance of poppy seeds and lemons, and here is what I came up with:
- Poppy seed - Used magically for healing and health. Also represents psychic awareness, fertility, and family.
- Lemon - Represents love and also purification.
This makes sense to me; Brigid is the goddess of home and hearth, and she has also been strongly associated with psychic abilities. Also, lemons are crisp and fresh, like spring, and Brigid is the herald of spring, a time of purification.
This the recipe I used:
- 1 box white cake mix, (or lemon cake mix, but I used the white because it was cheaper, and the lemon pudding flavored it)
- 1 box instant lemon pudding
- 1/4 cup poppy seeds
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/2 cup softened butter, or margarine
- 3 eggs
- Blend all ingredients thoroughly.
- Spray your bundt pan or a bread pan with cooking spray and flour.
- Pour batter in pan, and spread it around evenly.
- Bake at 350°F for 35-45 minutes for the bundt pan. I used a 9 1/4 x 5 1/4 loaf pan, and it took me almost an hour to cook it all the way through. So, if you use a bread pan, make sure you check the center with a toothpick. If it pulls out clean, it's done. If not, cook it for a few minutes longer.
Partake after your Brigid Day feast or ritual. Blessed Imbolc!