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Poppy Seed Cake

Poppy seed cakes are my husband’s favorite and I’ve been making this one since we got married. It’s become a family favorite, and is one I make often.


  • Prep Time : 20 min
  • Cook Time : 50 min
  • Ready Time : 1 hour, 10 min


1 cake


  • 1 cup ground poppy seeds
  • Sweet wine or ½ cup milk, warm
  • 5 eggs, yolks and whites separated
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbs. brandy
  • 1 Tbs. lemon zest (optional)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F.
  2. Put the poppy seeds in a bowl and pour the warm milk or wine over. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the egg yolks, ¾ cup of the sugar, brandy, lemon zest (if using), salt and oil.
  4. Slowly stir in the soaked poppy seeds, flour, and baking powder.
  5. In another bowl, whisk together the egg whites with the remaining ½ cup sugar until soft peaks form.
  6. Gently fold the egg whites into the cake batter.
  7. Pour into greased 26-cm baking pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out dry.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before slicing.

Tip: to make a richer cake slice it in the middle and make your favorite chocolate cream topping and spread in the middle and on top.



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About Orly Ziv


A lifelong food lover, Orly Ziv worked for many years as a clinical nutritionist before launching Cook In Israel in 2009. Through her company Orly offers culinary tours around Israel and intimate cooking classes out of her home. For more information visit http://www.cookinisrael.com/book.html




10 Responses to Poppy Seed Cake

  1. avatar says: Sam

    What is the best way to grind poppy seeds at home if you don’t have a poppy seed grinder ( not very common here)

    • avatar says: Orly Ziv

      Sam the best way to grind poppy seeds is in a coffee grinder

  2. avatar says: Vixis

    And do you mean 1 cup of poppy seeds before or after they are ground?

  3. avatar says: frippie

    Would this work without the brandy? Do I need to replace it with something else? Thanks.

    • avatar says: Orly Ziv

      Frippie, it will work without the brandy. You can replace it with the same liquid you use with the poppy seeds.

  4. avatar says: mina

    es necesario molerlas o simplemente se remojan
    podrias enviarnos una crema de chocolate para rellenar

  5. avatar says: Orly Ziv

    It is essential to ground the poppy seeds.
    It’s possible to make chocolate cream for the top to enrich the cake

  6. avatar says: Lea

    love your website …
    i live in LA and it is all about ground poppy seeds …i was looking all over can not find it.at the stores i can find the poppy seeds cans but it contained the corn sysop that i do not like .and it impossible to make this recipe with cans its too thick .if you have any information where to buy it will be great .
    Lea S

    • avatar says: Orly Ziv

      Thank you Lea for sharing. Try at the spice shops. If you find whole poppy seeds you can grind them in a coffee grinder. If not look on-line I’m sure you will find them. Hope this helped. Orly

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