Poppy Seed and Chocolate Cake

    1 hour 35 min

    This is a light chocolate cake that is studded with poppy seeds, and is the type of cake that's perfect to have with an afternoon cuppa. You can use chocolate chips or simply chopped plain chocolate.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 4 tablespoons poppy seeds
    • 225ml buttermilk
    • 4 egg whites
    • 225g butter
    • 250g caster sugar
    • 4 egg yolks
    • 310g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 2 tablespoons baking powder
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 125g plain chocolate chips
    • 2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar, or to taste

    Prep:35min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr35min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lightly grease and flour a tube cake tin.
    2. Pour the poppy seeds into the buttermilk in a small bowl. Set aside to soak for 15 minutes while you continue with the recipe. Meanwhile, whip the egg whites to medium peaks; set aside.
    3. Cream together the butter and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy. Add egg yolks one at a time, blending well between additions. Sift the flour, bicarb and baking powder into the egg mixture; fold gently to mix. Stir in the poppy seeds, milk and vanilla extract. Gently fold in the beaten egg whites until just incorporated.
    4. Pour half of the cake mixture into the prepared tin. Sprinkle in the chocolate chips and cinnamon sugar. Pour the remaining mixture over top, and sprinkle with additional cinnamon sugar. With a knife, lightly swirl in the chocolate chips and cinnamon sugar so they are dispersed throughout the cake.
    5. Bake in preheated oven until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean, about 1 hour. Allow cake to cool completely before removing from the tin.

    Cake tins

    You can use two 23x13cm loaf tins instead of the tube cake tin, if desired. Simply adjust baking time as needed.

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    This is a very good cake!! Nice and moist.  -  17 Nov 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I made muffins with this recipe. It made 23 large muffins that were light and full of poppy seed (great recipe if you love poppy seeds). We didn't have buttermilk on hand so I substituted fat free evaporated milk. Will make these again.  -  06 Nov 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)