Category Archives: Citrus

Orange Poppy Seed Cake

The secret to this (and pretty much any other cake) is to whip as much air as possible into the butter and sugar mixture.

  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 170g self-raising flour
  • 170g golden caster sugar
  • 50g chopped pistachios
  • 3 large eggs
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 50g poppy seeds
  • 125g icing sugar
  • 3 oranges
  1. In the mixer bowl, combine the eggs and caster sugar.    Whip on the highest setting until volume has at least doubled (for me, this was setting 10 on the kitchen aid mixer, for about 5 minutes).
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, the almonds, the zest of two of the oranges, and all  but a tablespoon of the poppy seed and pistachios.
  3. Gradually mix into the butter mixture.
  4. Add the juice of the two oranges.
  5. Pour into a greased loaf pan.    Cook at 180C until knife inserted into centre of cake comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool.
  7. Mix the remaining poppy seeds, pistachios, and the zest of the remaining orange in a bowl and set aside.
  8. In a bowl, combine the icing sugar with just enough juice from the remaining orange to obtain a thick liquid icing.    Pour over the cooled cake.
  9. Sprinkle the zest/pistachio/poppy seed mix over the top.
  10. Enjoy 🙂