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Orange Poppy Seeds Cake Recipe

by Sonia on September 30, 2010

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What’s happening at your New Delhi Commonwealth Games? We have been bombarded with such a questions by our colleagues, non-Indian friends about the recent happenings at 2010 Commenwealth Games. The Indian government and authorities has been reproached for bad infrastructure, poor security, delays in preparation and many more issues.

But, wait…why do you ask us?? We can’t make any comment. Please contact to responsible person Mr. Suresh Kalmadi. :)

Anyway, come to recipe part. One of our friends, G has asked to make Orange or Lemon Poppy seeds cake for him. Since I never have had tried any citrus flavored cake at home, so I jumped to this chance. Everything was in my favor – 2 oranges, poppy seeds and everything was lying in my kitchen then there was no reason to wait.

It’s been requested long time ago actually, but finally made it. I have some notes at end of the recipe. Please read it before you try.

Orange Poppy Seeds Cake Recipe
  • 1.5 C all purpose flour/ plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 113 gm/1 stick butter
  • 1 C caster sugar
  • 3 large organic eggs
  • ¼ C vegetable oil
  • ⅓ C fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp orange zest (from 1 big orange)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp black poppy seeds
  • ⅓ C milk
  1. Preheat oven to 170° C and grease a loaf pan or 9 (or 10) inch round cake tin.
  2. Combine poppy seeds and milk and set aside for 30 mins.
  3. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder and keep aside.
  4. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time while continuing the beating.
  5. Add oil, vanilla extract, orange juice, poppy seeds (along with milk) and orange zest. Mix well. You will see your batter is getting curdled, don't worry. It will be just fine!
  6. Add flour in 3 installments and fold gently using spatula. Pour the mixture into prepared loaf pan.
  7. Bake for 55-60 mins or the toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let it rest in pan for 5 mins. Remove the cake from the pan and cool completely on wire rack.
1. My cake was very very soft. It has already 3 eggs so next time I'll add only 2 tbsp of oil as I felt this above measurement (1/4 cup) of oil is too much.
2. Hubby suggested to add more orange juice to get more pronounced citrusy flavour. Next time I would increase to ½ cup.
3. The amount of poppy seeds is too much, I feel. It would be reduced to 2 tbsp and it's enough.

  • Thats very interesting recipe,looks perfectly baked! Beautiful!

  • Ahh fianlly open for me too :) Looks perfect, nice texture of the loaf cake…addition of poppy seeds sounds interesting to me

  • A missed chance for India to showcase its credentials !
    The speckled insides of the cake look beautiful.

  • This recipe sounds amazing! What a nice change from the lemon poppy seed recipes we see all the time. I too will try more orange, thanks for that tip! Also thanks for sharing this recipie. I am always searching for new poppy seed recipes.

  • yummy looking cake

  • Looks perfect…

  • Sonia

    Thank you guys! :)

  • Hi. The cake looks amazingly soft.

  • PJ

    Hi Sonia, oh its so nice to see you back and see myself back too, I guess ;) This orange poppy seeds cake looks so yummy and delicious and great pics as always.

  • Jagruti

    Feel like grabbing that slice now..;)

  • Viji

    Tempting to bake again Sona after seeing this post. Beautiful cake. Welcome back and the new look is appealing. On the other note, the eggless chocolate cake is simply superb. I will try with butter sometime (especially when I have guests at home :). Good luck. Viji

    • Sonia

      Viji Di, thank you for stopping by! I’m glad you liked cake recipes. thanks so much for your kind words. Yes, do try that eggless chocolate cake, it was so soft and nice.

  • Sonia

    Thank you all. I’m glad you all are back here. :)

  • Cham

    I love citrus flavor in baking, u ve done beautifully the loaf!

  • Hi Sonia, visiting here after a long time, came backt o check the Gujarati daal recipe…Making it for dinner tonight…I love this orange and poppy seed cake, such a unique combination, will make it this weekend…loved the chocolate banana cake too, I made it from the joyofbaking site, with eggs, turned out so yum…your ganache looks so tempting…Will be here more often…

  • This cake looks so soft and greatt clicks!!!

  • definitely bookmarked. i need to pick up some of these poppy seeds, they seem different from the white variety you see in India.

  • This citrusy poppy cake looks luscious. Am bookmarking it. Btw, I love the new look of your blog. It feels so good that you are back.

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