Thursday, August 19, 2010

Orange and Poppy Seed Cake

Ingredients ( recipe from Donna Hay )

1/3 cup poppy seeds
3/4 cup milk
7 oz butter
1 tbsp finely grated orange rind
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1. Preheat oven to 160C. Place the poppyseeds and milk in a bowl and stir to combine. Leave aside.
2. Beat the butter, sugar and orange rind in a mixer until light and creamy. Gradually add in the eggs.
3. Sift the flour and baking powder over the btter mixture and add in the orange juice and poppyseed and
    milk mixture. Stir to combine and spoon into 20cm baking tin lined with non stick baking paper.
4. Bake for 55-60 mins .

For the syrup:

1 cup sugar
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup grated orange rind

1. Place the sugar, orange juice and orange rind  in a saucepan over low fire and stir until sugar is dissloved.
2. Increase the heat and boil 5-6 mins or until syrupy.
3.Pour half of the hot syrup over the hot cake. To serve, cut the warm or cold cake into wedges and pour
   over the remaining syrup.

Note: For me, I find that the flavour of the orange in this cake is not strong enough but moist. you may add in more orange rind if you like. I didnt make the syrup for the cake, instead i spread it over with some cream cheese frosting.


  1. Hi Lena...
    this is a very moist orange and poppy seed cake which I will want to try baking this weekend :)
    Thanks for sharing the recipe here :)

    Looking forward to reading more of your post here. I am glad that now I can get to know you more :)

  2. Hey WF, the cake and bread look delicious. You are really good at baking. Eh..when we come back for a reunion, could you bake some? hahahahahah. Min Yoke and Jacqs asked me to plan for one during CNY next year...maybe 3rd day of CNY. Are you free that day? Most probably we'll go to WL's house. Will ask her if it's ok once MY and Jacq confirm the day :D

  3. WH,i'm not really good at baking..learning slowly..wah, so early plan for CNY reunion? if i'm in town, then shldnt be any problem.

  4. Nice cake Lena! Elin told me that you approached her at the market. So I said that she's going to be famous soon!