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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Amira's Lemon or Orange Poppy Seed Cake (updated 29/6/11)

This is one of my most popular cakes! Guests always have a second or third piece. It is tangy, light and tarty and the poppy seeds burst with tiny crackles under your teeth. The icing just hits the spot with extra tangy flavour. I chose this time to make orange poppy seed cake (above). ENJOY !


1 cup sugar
Rind of 2 lemons or oranges
3 eggs
¾ cups canola oil
1 cup yogurt
4 tab lemon or orange juice
2 cups Self Raising flour
1/3 cup poppy seeds

Mix sugar and rind together with fork, add eggs and oil and mix again. Stir through yogurt and juice. Lastly add, sifted flour and poppy seeds. Stir through gently until just combined. Bake in preheated oven at 160oC (150oC fan-forced) for approx 50 minutes.


1 cup Pure Icing Sugar
1 teas margarine or unsalted butter
Juice of approx ½ lemon or ½ orange
Poppy seeds or shaving of orange or lemon for sprinkling

Pour boiling water in sink. Place small bowl on water to allow the bowl to heat up. In the bowl add sifted icing sugar, add margarine, squashing it against the side of bowl to soften and stir through. Slowly add juice as needed to form a soft spreadable consistency. Pour icing over cooled cake and sprinkle lightly with extra poppy seeds or shavings of orange or lemon.
Yummy Yum.


  1. It sure was yummy. I drool just looking at the pictures. :) Thanks for the soup too, by the way.

  2. amira! I thought this cake would be perfect to break the ice with my new Netherlands flatmates - firstly i could not find poppyseeds anywhere so i decided to do orange and fig - so I get cracking in the kitchen, and then check out the oven ... hmm it was like a microwave / oven thing - i tried anyway - kinda turned out spongy/ pudding like still nice but def not as good as it could have been - will try again but now that i know the oven i reckon something date based will go a lot better with the texture that it comes out .. or maybe i just need to read up about microwave cakes (even though tech is the oven!) anyways - i expect to see many baking adventures over the coming months from you!! xx Melissa

  3. Wow my recipe made it to the Netherlands ! thanks for your feed back, I reckon orange and fig sounds yummy, what about date, orange and pistacio mmmm... stay tuned for more recipes to come xx Amira