Recipes, Desserts

Easy Poppy Seed Cake with Orange Glaze

When I say this poppy seed cake is absolutely delicious, I’m not exaggerating. It’s moist, has a delicate crumb, and the flavor combination provided by the use of extracts leaves you wanting more. When I first had this cake at my mother-in-law’s house I was instantly in awe. It is easy to prepare, without any fancy techniques or timing. It can be made in a pinch to serve a friend with a cup of hot cocoa or coffee, or dressed up and brought as a dessert to a dinner party.

Popseedcake 2
Featured Product Classic Fluted Loaf Pan
Classic Fluted Loaf Pan Nordic Ware Shop Now

This cake, to me, is the epitome of using food to nourish a friend or your community. I envision this poppy seed cake as a “back pocket” recipe that you can whip up in little time’s notice when a loved one calls to say they are on their way to give you a hug and say hi.

Popseedcake 1
Featured Product Baker's Joy Nonstick Baking Spray
Baker's Joy Nonstick Baking Spray Nordic Ware Shop Now

The story of this cake is really sweet – no pun intended. The recipe has been passed down to me by my mother-in-law, who created this cake as a holiday tradition back when her kids were young. The kids asked if they could bake a birthday cake for Jesus for Christmas, and my mother-in-law, being the creative that she is, wanted to use ingredients that would resemble what he would have had access to back then. If of course, they celebrated birthdays with cakes.

Popseedcake 3
Featured Product Hot Chocolate Jug
Hot Chocolate Jug Verve Culture Shop Now
Popseedcake 5
Featured Product Cloud Terre No 1 White Cup
Cloud Terre No 1 White Cup Fortessa Shop Now

The story is sweet because I love thinking of the innocence of my husband and sister-in-law as children asking in such a selfless way, why they celebrate Christmas instead of having a birthday party for Jesus. It’s become a tradition that we do with our kids at Christmas, but I certainly don’t save this cake for once a year. It’s a regular here in our home, and I hope it becomes one in yours, too.

Popseedcake 6

Easy Poppy Seed Cake with Orange Glaze

theinspiredhome.com

SERVINGS

Makes 2 cakes or loafs

PREP TIME

15-30 minutes

INGREDIENTS

For the Cake:

  • 3 cups flour (see recipe notes)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 ¼ cups sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1 1/8 cups canola oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons butter extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoons almond extract

For the Glaze:

  • ½ cup no pulp orange juice
  • ¾ cup sugar (see note)
  • ½ teaspoon butter extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, sift in the flour and then add salt, baking powder, sugar, and poppy seeds. Mix to combine.
  2. Add in milk, oil, eggs, and extracts. Mix to combine, making sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl. Mix by hand until the batter has no lumps and is a thin consistency, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Thoroughly coat two Bundt or cake pans with Baker’s Joy flour spray coating. Pour half in each. Bake for 30 minutes, testing doneness by giving it a shake and checking for a bounce back. The deeper the ban, like a Bundt, the longer the cooking time may be, monitor accordingly.
  4. When the cakes are near the end of cooking time, prepare the glaze by heating the orange juice and sugar until the sugar has completely dissolved. Add the extracts to the mixture off the heat. Glaze each cake while the cakes are still hot.
  5. Garnish with berries, freshly whipped cream, or confectioner’s sugar if so desired. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Extracts. I love the flavor combination here but do please note that butter extract is a little difficult to get your hands on. I’ve both scored and struck out at my local grocery store. I recommend trying a specialty baking store, the Wilton line at Michael’s, or ordering on Amazon. I suggest you do this, which I normally don’t make you guys go to such great efforts, because fresh butter does not work as a substitute. Once you have these extracts on hand, I suggest keeping them in your rotation so that this recipe is always easy to make.

Lemon. This is NOT a lemon poppy seed cake recipe. I repeat: this is not a lemon poppy seed cake recipe. However, if you do not like the taste of extract-heavy baked goods, or if you have an allergy, you could absolutely swap out the extracts for lemon and use this recipe as a base.

Popseedcake 7

Flour. I call for regular flour in this recipe because I realize it is what most people have on hand. However, I love using cake flour here. It substitutes quite well, so if you have it, use it. The cake flour will produce a slightly more delicate crumb. Yum. Oh and, I will have you sift the flour no matter which kind you use.

Popseedcake 9

Sugar. For the glaze, I call for regular granulated sugar. However, I sometimes use confectioner’s sugar. Regular sugar makes a crunchier, clearer glaze, while confectioners can make an opaque glaze. The fun part about this is that you can’t really get the glaze wrong. I encourage you to play around with how you like it, adding more sugar or juice until you reach your preferred texture. For the Bundt, I always want to show off the pattern and make a really thin, sauce-like glaze. Anything goes.

Popseedcake 12
Top

Even more Desserts articles for you

FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM @THEINSPIREDHOME_COM

Get on the list to stay up to date on everything The Inspired Home.