Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Taste and Create: Orange and Poppy Seed Cake

This month for Taste and Create I was paired up with Twenty Something and Cooking - a great blog name!!!! And also a great blog by a group of 20 somethings adventuring into the kitchen. I had fun looking through this blog trying to pick recipes to try and may well try a couple more at some point, but for this event I made the Orange and Poppy Seed Cake. I'm not sure how or why I ended up choosing this recipe but I'm really glad I did because it was so tasty and full of tasty orange. I took this to youth group and they loved it too.

Orange and poppy seed cake


1/3 cup poppy seeds
3/4 cup milk
200g butter, softened
1 tbsp finely grated orange rind
3/4 cup caster sugar
3 eggs
2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

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

1. Preheat oven to 160˚C.
2. Stir together the milk and poppy seeds in a bowl and set to the side.
3. Beat butter, orange rind, and sugar until light and fluffy.
4. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
5. Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture.
6. Add orange juice, poppy seed & milk mixture into the batter and beat in.
7. Spoon into a greased 20cm round cake tin.
8. Bake for 55 - 60 minutes or until cook when tested with skewer.

9. While cake is baking, place sugar, orange juice and rind in a saucepan over low heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
10. Turn up the heat and boil for 5 - 6 minutes or until syrupy.
11. Pour half of the hot syrup over the hot cake. To serve, cut the warm / cold cake and pour over remaining syrup. (I poured all the syrup over the cake which worked well)

If you've not taken part in Taste and Create before you really should. You sign up each month by the 8th to say you want to partcipate, then you a few days later you get an email saying who you're paired with. You have a good rummage round that person's blog and pick a recipe to recreate and blog about, then email the results back for the big round up. Such a great concept. I love this event!


  1. That looks great Ruth! I love the combination of orange and poppy seed - that glaze looks great! :)

  2. Thanks Jenn, i loved the glaze! The flavours in this were fantastic.

  3. This looks oozingly delicious! YUM!

  4. Thanks Mood Food Blog. It really was!

  5. Thanks for the reference to the twenty somethings blog, it's great!

  6. Oh I love poppy seed cakes. Great choice! You made this cake look so delicious. It makes me want to go home and make this recipe. :)

  7. Oh, look at that gooey glaze. How did you resist eating it when you were taking the pics?

  8. It sure is Neen!

    Hey Ivy, hope you make this sometime! You'll love it!

    Susan it was hard.... but i was licking the spoon with the leftover glaze on it at the same time anyways! heehee!

  9. Lovely sticky glaze. I reckon that would go well with a big cup of tea :-)

  10. That cake certainly looks sinful. Orange and poppyseed - what a wonderful combination.

  11. Yum! This forty somthing and cooking would enjoy this! I've only had lemon poppy seed cake, and this orange version looks and sounds wonderful!

  12. Little bird.... perfect with a lovely cup of tea in the sunshine!

    Giz, it was a very tasty combination!

    Paula, I've not had lemon poppy seed cake before but I'm sure I could easily substitute lemon for orange in this recipe to try it sometime.


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