Poppy Seed Cake



  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 125 g unsalted butter
  • 1 cup poppy seeds
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ to 1 cup nuts – optional


  1. In a small pot, put poppy seeds and about 2 cups water, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, boil for 5 minutes. Turn heat off, let stand for 20 minutes. Drain water using a fine mesh colander.
  2. In a stand mixer, in one bowl beat egg yolks with ½ cup sugar, add softened butter, beat well until smooth and fluffy. Carefully mix in baking powder, poppy seeds, and flour.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites with ½ cup sugar until stiff.
  4. Carefully add egg whites into batter, mix evenly using a mixing spoon or spatula.
  5. You may add nuts into batter or spread them on the top later (this step is optional).
  6. Grease 8” square or round baking pan with butter. Transfer batter into a pan.
  7. Bake a cake in preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes. Use a wood toothpick to check if it’s ready.
  8. When ready, let it cool; sprinkle atop with sugar powder if desired. Enjoy with tea or coffee.



…with nuts…


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