Citrus Poppy Seed Cake

Despite using over half a dozen eggs, this cake is not at all dense but rather light and almost sponge-like.
By Dianna Muscari
Citrus Poppy Seed Cake

Citrus Poppy Seed Cake
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Despite using over half a dozen eggs, this cake is not at all dense but rather light and almost sponge-like.
Recipe Type: Dessert
Serves: 10
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • Zest of ½ an orange
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • ⅓ cup poppy seeds
  • {Optional} Confectioners' sugar, for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter or spray a bundt pan liberally to ensure your cake doesn't stick.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together sugar, egg yolks, and egg until the mixture turns very pale and fluffy {about 5-6 minutes}.
  3. Mix in the vanilla extract, lemon zest, and orange zest.
  4. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, cornstarch, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry mixture to the wet until well-incorporated. Pour in melted {cooled} butter and poppy seeds and mix until the batter is uniform.
  5. Pour the batter into your well-greased bundt or tube pan. Spray a piece of foil large enough to cover the pan with non-stick cooking spray {or grease with butter}, and cover the pan tightly with it.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the cake starts to slightly pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and uncover. Let cool for about 15-20 minutes, then carefully invert onto a plate or serving dish. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar before serving, if desired.

Dianna Muscari

Dianna Muscari blogs about her cooking and antics on The Kitchen Prep. A self-taught cook and baker, Dianna shares with her readers the messes and successes she encounters in the kitchen. Along with her recipes - which range from healthy to hearty to downright decadent - Dianna shares anecdotes about life, marriage, travel, and living in Florida. Her conversational writing style draws you into her kitchen for a meal and a laugh as she navigates through life one recipe at a time.

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