Almond and poppy seed loaf cake

    35 min

    This cake came about from an inspired moment when craving almonds. It's absolutely divine and has become an often requested recipe. One warning however, whenever I cook this cake it seems to disappear very quickly so make sure you get a slice. I've said the recipe serves 8 but it serves 6-8 depending on how much cake one likes at any sitting!


    Sussex, England, UK
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    Serves: 8 

    • 125g (4oz) butter or margarine
    • 55g (2oz) light brown sugar
    • 55g (2 oz) caster sugar
    • 2-3 large eggs
    • 1 good teaspoon almond extract
    • 55g (2oz) self raising flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 55g (2 oz) ground almonds
    • a good sprinkling of poppy seeds (1-2 tablespoons)
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • flaked almonds
    • 2 tablespoons demerara sugar

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Grease an 18cm round cake tin, or a 27x10cm loaf tin with butter, or line with parchment.
    2. Like any classic cake, cream the butter and the sugars together till light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one by one. Add in the almond extract.
    3. Sift in the flour and baking powder and gently fold into the mixture with the ground almonds and poppy seeds and water. I usually add about 2 tablespoons of poppy seeds however use your personal discretion.
    4. Turn into prepared tin. Sprinkle over the cake some flaked almonds and the demerara sugar for a lovely crunch on the top surface of the cake.
    5. Bake in a 170 C / Gas 3 oven for 25 minutes, checking after 20 if your oven is vicious.

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    i like the recipe and would like to make this but not sure how much butter you use?  -  21 Sep 2010


    Oh dear! This went terribly wrong, ended up like a huge macaroon with a gooey centre. Kind of ok as a gooey pud with ice cream, but way too sweet for me. The problem could have been that I had not got any eggs, so used oil and extra baking powder as an alternative. But I have done this with plently of other cakes without problem. Shame as I was really looking forward to it!!  -  13 Oct 2012


    hi, its 4oz of butter thats for highlighting - i forgot to write it down.  -  06 Jul 2011