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Marieke’s Orange Poppyseed Cake

OPseed cake ingreds servedYears ago when I was dabbling in my first  food business, I would regularly take myself away at  weekends to cooking schools hoping for inspiration. My absolute all time favourite was in country Victoria at a foodie retreat run by two of the most inspiring women I have had the privilege to meet.  Each has since taken separate paths, but techniques I learned there I use daily and recipes I collected there have become favourites. Marieke’s  luscious orange poppy seed cake is a wonderful combination of sharp citrus tang and textural crunch. It cuts without crumbling, and is incredibly moist.


250g butter

200g sour cream

3 eggs separated

200g castor sugar

1 orange, zest only

200g poppy seeds

1 3/4 cups SR flour

2 teaspoons castor sugar extra


2 oranges

2 lemons

3/4 cup castor sugar

Preheat oven to 160C. Thoroughly and generously grease a kugelhopf tin.

Melt the butter over a low heat then set aside to cool. Beat the sour cream, castor sugar, egg yolks orange zest and melted butter until thick.

Grind the poppy seeds then stir them into the butter mixture with the sifted flour.

Whisk the egg whites into softpeaks then beat in 1 teaspoon of sugar to stabilise them.

Fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the cake batter to lighten the mixture then fold in the remaining 2/3.

Spoon the batter into the prepared cake tin and smooth the surface.

Bake at 160C fan forced oven until firm to the touch, about 50 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5 mins in the tin. Pierce the cake in several places with a fine skewer, then pour the hot syrup over the cake in the tin.

The syrup will absorb into the cake in about 5 minutes. Turn the cake out of the tin and onto a large plate without delay. Arrange the candied zest on top then allow to cool.

Store in an airtight container.


Using a vegetable peeler or zesting tool, remove the zest, no pith, from the oranges and lemons. If you used a peeler test your knife skills and cur the zest into julienne.

Squeeze the juice from the fruit.

In a small pan, bring the juice, sugar and zest to the boil. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.

Strain the syrup, reserve the zest for decoration.



About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

11 comments on “Marieke’s Orange Poppyseed Cake

  1. ladyredspecs
    December 1, 2012

    Do give it a try, there is no way this cake could turn out dry, esp with butter, sour cream and a syrup poured over after baking.


  2. Meg
    December 1, 2012

    Lovely looking cake! It seems like a lot of poppy seeds; are they very strong in flavour?


    • ladyredspecs
      December 1, 2012

      Meg, the poppy seeds are more a textural element than a strong flavour, though a guess they do provide a sort of nuttiness to the cake. One taste of a good poppyseed cake and you’ll be appreciate how good they make a cake.


      • Meg
        December 1, 2012

        Oh that sounds divine. I have only had bad orange poppyseed cakes in the past, all quite dry and chalky. I would be very interested in trying out this recipe, though!


  3. Sandra
    November 19, 2012

    It is was irresistible as ever xx


  4. Leah
    November 19, 2012

    I’m pretty sure this another of my favourite cakes…. Almost ever! Love the crunchy poppyseeds with the zing of orange. Going on my to make list 🙂


  5. marymtf
    November 14, 2012

    So luscious looking. The orange component obviously makes it. Thanks for sharing it with us, Sandra.


  6. frugalfeeding
    November 14, 2012

    what a truly gorgeous cake! I love poppyseeds in cakes!


  7. thehungrymum
    November 13, 2012

    I adore poppyseed cake. I’ll wager the syrup makes a good thing, better.


    • ladyredspecs
      November 14, 2012

      This is the poppyseed cake lovers ultimate, truly worthy of trying out.


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