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Amazing Poppy Seed Cake

July 27, 2017

The Most Amazing Poppy Seed Cake

This is my favorite poppy seed cake, and this great, and I mean GREAT, recipe comes from one of my favorite bakeries in Tel Aviv, Delicatessen. This delicate and incredibly moist cake has a subtle flavor of orange and coconut, and the amount of poppy seeds is just right. It’s the perfect snack cake for breakfast or brunch or just about any occasion. Pleeease try it today!

5 from 3 votes
The Most Amazing Poppy Seed Cake
Amazing Poppy Seed Cake
YIELD: 1 loaf

  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons (120 g) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon (3 g) baking powder
  • 2/3 cup (65 g) poppy seeds
  • 1/3 cup (30 g) desiccated coconut
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ cup (½ stick/55 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) flavorless oil (corn, canola, vegetable or safflower)
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (110 g) dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • zest of one orange , finely grated
  • 3 large eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 320F/160C. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, poppy seeds, and coconut. In a small bowl, mix together sour cream and orange juice. Set bowls aside.
  3. Using a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter, oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar, honey, and orange zest, until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Occasionally scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. On low speed, beat in half of the flour mixture, followed by the sour cream mixture, and then the rest of the flour mixture. Do not over mix.
  4. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. If the top is browning too fast while baking, cover pan loosely with aluminum foil. Allow cake to cool on a wire rack to room temperature.
  5. Cake will keep for 4 days in the fridge, but will be gone long before that. Serve at room temperature.




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    September 9, 2017 at 2:48 am

    I made this cake yesterday, followed the recipe to the letter and the result is addictive! I love the texture of the cake, moist and light. And the combination of the flavors is wonderful! Thank you Shiran!

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      September 11, 2017 at 3:47 am

      I’m glad you like it! Thank you!

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      November 1, 2019 at 4:28 am

      The flavour is great, and I love the chewiness of ALL the poppy seeds and coconut. But my cake came out quite dense. I probably used too much sour cream.

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    Tamsin Brincat
    September 28, 2018 at 1:40 am

    So I made this 2 days ago; I’m allergic to lactose so I used lactose-free milk instead of sour cream. I sliced it the following morning and the cake had 2 different layers: 3/4 of it had a cakey textured with poppy seeds and 1/4 (the bottom bit) had a gummy texture with 0 poppy seeds. Do you think the problem is the milk or rather my baking skills?the top part was delicious! Many thanks, Tam

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      September 30, 2018 at 9:40 am

      Hi Tamsin, it’s hard to tell what went wrong without being there, it could be the milk (I don’t know which one you used), but it sounds like it was something in the process, or maybe the batter wasn’t mixed enough.

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    October 30, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Hi, what is this exact weight of “⅔ cup sour cream” please? Thanks!

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    December 5, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    150 grams

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    September 2, 2019 at 12:39 am

    Hey! Do you grind the poppy seeds before mixing in?

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    Jessica Disler
    October 1, 2020 at 5:17 am

    This looks delicious! Going to give it a try. Any recommendations for a coconut substitute…? My husband is not a fan 🙁 is it alright to just leave it out do you think…?

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      October 4, 2020 at 2:37 am

      Hi Jeasica, you won’t taste much of the coconut in the final prodcut, but you can leave it out if you prefer.

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    February 24, 2021 at 8:54 am

    The cake looks great!!
    Is there something else i can use instead of the butter?
    Thank you🙏

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