Feb 2013

Citrus Poppy Seed Cake

Citrus Poppy Seed Cake Recipe

I’m not a very patient person. It’s evident in pretty much all areas of my life, from social activities to work. I think that’s why I was drawn to this recipe – it really is as simple as ‘put all the ingredients in the bowl, mix them, and make your cake’. Just what I like to hear!

My colleagues love me because I take the cakes I make into work. That’s another reason I liked this recipe so much: it wasn’t a particularly delicate cake (as evidenced by the mess I made of the icing!) so I was able to cut it up and transport it really easily. I only took half of the cake to work, where it was devoured in less than an hour – even though people were only taking small slices, they found it hard to take just one! It was a similar story at home, where my housemates polished off the other half within two days. So: an easy-to-make, easy-to-eat cake. What more do you need?!

Cooking Time:45 Minutes


For the Citrus Poppy Seed Cake

  • 175g (6.2oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 175g (6.2oz) caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 250g (8.8oz) self-raising flour
  • 50g (1.8oz) poppy seeds
  • Grated rind of 2 oranges
  • Grated rind of 2 lemons
  • 4 rounded tbsp natural yoghurt

For the topping

  • 250g (8.8oz) tub mascarpone
  • Grated rind and juice of 1 small orange
  • 3tbsp orange or lemon curd
  • Grated rind of 1 lemon


To make this citrus poppy seed cake, preheat the oven to 150°C/Gas 2/fan oven 130°C. Butter and line the base of a deep 20cm/8in round cake tin. Using a wooden spoon, beat together the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, poppy seeds, citrus rinds and yoghurt until smooth.

Spread the mixture in the tin and bake for 45-50 minutes until just firm. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out and cool on a wire rack. Peel off the paper.

Meanwhile, mix the mascarpone with enough orange juice to make a spreadable icing. Lightly swirl the curd to give a marbled effect. Roughly spread over the top and sides of the cake, and scatter the grated citrus rind over the top to decorate.

Citrus Poppy Seed Cake Slice

Help spread the yumminess of this cake!

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