Friday, March 20, 2020

Citrus Poppy Seed Cake #CakeSliceBakers

This citrus cake is baked up in a loaf pan and then drizzled with a lemony glaze.  It has a tender crumb studded with the crunch of poppy seeds.  It is like Spring on a plate.

Citrus Poppy Seed Cake

This cake was my choice of the options given in our Cake Slice Bakers group......

Felice of All That's Left Are The Crumbs, invites us to cook from The New Way to Cake Cookbook and share the recipe with our readers on the 20th of the month.  

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Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is The New Way To Cake by Benjamina Ebuehi. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes! Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes.

You can also click on the links below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a blog and are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details. The Cake Slice Bakers also have a new Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book.
It is a new year and a new book - The New Way To Cake - and our choices for March 2020 were ~ Pecan and Burnt Honey Cake
Citrus Poppy Seed Cake
Chocolate Guinness Cake with Yogurt Glaze
I had considered making the Chocolate Guinness Bundt to serve up on St. Patrick's Day but I love citrus and poppy seed so I couldn't resist making this version.

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I'm so glad that I did. This is a wonderful cake, combining the juice and zest of grapefruit, orange and lemon.   It was a bright light in this dark tunnel we are currently in with the COVID19 pandemic.  I have been keeping myself occupied by staying busy in the kitchen and working through the pile of books that have been waiting to be read.  How are you keeping yourself occupied during the quarantine?

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Yield: 8 Servings

Citrus Poppy Seed Cake

Citrus Poppy Seed Cake

Prep time: 15 MCook time: 55 MTotal time: 70 M
This citrus cake is baked up in a loaf pan and then drizzled with a lemony glaze. It has a tender crumb studded with the crunch of poppy seeds. It is like Spring on a plate.


  • 1 1.2 c. flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1 c. sugar
  • zest of 1 orange, 1 grapefruit and 2 lemons
  • 3/4 c. + 1 T. butter, room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 T. sour cream
  • 2 T. poppy seeds
  • 1 1/4 c. powdered sugar
  • juice of 1/2 grapefruit and 1/2 orange


How to cook Citrus Poppy Seed Cake

  1. Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Place the sugar and zest in the large bowl of a stand mixer.  Rub the zest into the sugar with your fingers until it is the consistency of wet sand.  Add the butter and using the paddle attachment beat until pale and creamy on medium speed, about 4 minutes. 
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.   Gradually add the flour mixture until incorporated.  Stir in the sour cream and poppy seeds.
  4. Turn into a loaf pan that has been treated with baking spray and bake in a preheated 325* oven for 45-55 minutes.
  5. While cake is baking, combine the powdered sugar and juices to make a glaze. 
  6. When cake is finished baking remove from the oven and poke holes across the top of the cake.  Pour the glaze slowly over the cake allowing it to soak in before adding more.  Cool completely on a wire rack before removing from pan.  


adapted from a recipe found in The New Way to Cake by Benjamina Ebuehi
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  1. Wasn't this cake delicious? I used red grapefruit (there were no white ones to be found), and tangelos from my tree for the orange. This will definitely be a make-again cake.

  2. I love that you can mix and match the citrus - I thought about juicing one of the grapefruits I have on hand, but opted to use my open orange and lemon juice only. I will have to try it with grapefruit! It was so bright and moist with all that glaze!

    1. I think you could use any combination that you would like. So darn good.

  3. This will have to be my next baking project! I need me some "spring on a plate." The citrus flavors sound delicious. Love that you're catching up on reading--my husband and I have been nerding out to the sci-fi book Dune. And the kids and I had a ukulele dance party today. Lovely cake :)

    1. Sounds like you are making the best of the situation as well Amanda. Happy baking.

  4. This is a cute little slice of, "I need this right now". Love the combination of citrus flavors and it looks very moist. Be well!

  5. Spring on a plate - exactly what we need right now!

    1. Absolutely Kim, especially here in Michigan where we are waking to snow on the ground.


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