Birthday Halfsies

Birthday Halfsies

Celebrating half birthdays continues to be one of my favorite family traditions.  There are no presents, no Pinterest-worthy parties, nothing fancy...just half of a cake, and maybe, if you're lucky, a cut-in-half birthday card.

Even though my mom liked to bake, I remember our half birthday cakes usually being the half Bundt cakes from the grocery store.  See what I mean?  Half birthdays are NOT fancy.  I tend to go the Bundt cake route, too, but not always. 

Bundt cakes can sometimes be dry or dense...too dense.  Not this one.  It's moist, lemony, and topped off with an irresistible lemon cream cheese frosting. 

Here's the rule, though:  you must not present the half birthday person with the whole cake.  Give the other half away.  It's fun; I promise.

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting {makes 1 Bundt cake...give away the other half for half birthdays!}


  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1 box instant lemon pudding mix
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 TBSP poppy seeds
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract (optional)
Read the whole recipe on Bake at 350