Friday, July 22, 2011

Poppy seed and cream cheese

This is a Rachel Allen recipe which I slightly adapted to satisfy a cream cheese craving I woke up with this morning. Am I the only one who walks around with blinkers on until I get what it is I crave?

One thing to note is with this recipe is when it asks you to create a shallow well in the centre of the cake tin before putting it into the oven; listen to those words! The well I created was a little too shallow which meant it peaked slightly.

Luckily of course the flavour isn't dented by my mistake and it was really, really delicious. The cake itself is  quite rich and moist. The original recipe called for a vanilla buttercream icing but I found the replacement of cream cheese icing complemented the cake very well. That said, a liberal coat of icing is probably ideal if you don't want to overwhelm tasters. Unless that taster is me, in which case, more is definitely more!

100g plain flour
150g unsalted butter
100g caster sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 tsp baking powder
75g poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 170c/gas mark 3. Butter and line 20cm/8in cake tin.

Cream butter and sugar together before slowly adding in the eggs until fully incorporated. Sift the flour and baking powder and add them to your mixture. Finally, add the poppy seeds and stir until combined.

Spoon mixture into the cake tin and make a shallow well in the centre of the tin. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until cooked through.


  1. I saw her bake this on Good Food channel the other day and thought it looked amazing! did it taste lovely too?? xx

  2. Oh this looks fabulous! I made an almond-poppy seed cake recently that was heavenly and if you fancy playing around with this recipe I would definitely advise trying out some almond extract or lemon zest, it looks like the perfect base to fiddle with. Love the icing too...yummy :)

  3. Jess - it tastes amazing! Definitely worth trying out!

    Procrastobaker - I considered lemon myself! Would be a lovely twist for summer :)

  4. Looks gorgeous! I normally make poppy seed and lemon cakes, but now want to go 'au natural' with just poppy seeds!

  5. You're not the only one who feels that way when you're craving something, I know exactly what you mean!

    This looks fantastic, I love cakes made with poppy seeds :)

  6. Wow, what a fabulous cake, I will literally eat anything that has cream cheese frosting on it and your poppy seed cake looks amazing! I will definatly be trying this for myself.

  7. A girl after my own heart...look at all those poppyseeds...YUM!