Makes 16 servings

Poppy seeds are the key ingredient to this German cake recipe. "When Mom pulled out the German poppy seed cake recipe, we knew it was a special occasion," says recipe developer Joni Schaper.

How to Make It

Step 1

Butter and flour-dust a 10-inch decorative tube pan.

Step 2

In a small bowl, mix poppy seed, buttermilk, and almond extract.

Step 3

In a deep bowl, beat egg whites with a mixer on high until foamy. Continue beating and gradually add 1/4 cup sugar. Beat until whites hold stiff, shiny peaks.

Step 4

In another bowl, using unwashed beaters, beat 1 cup butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar on high speed until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks and beat until well blended. Stir in poppy seed mixture.

Step 5

Mix 2 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Step 6

Add dry ingredients to batter; beat slowly to blend. Mix at medium speed.

Step 7

Fold in beaten whites until blended.

Step 8

Mix 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Pour half the batter into pan. Sprinkle with half the cinnamon mixture. Add remaining batter and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon mixture. Holding a knife vertically, draw blade through batter around tube.

Step 9

Bake in 350° oven just until cake springs back when lightly pressed in center, 1 to 1 1/4 hours.

Step 10

Cool in pan 15 minutes. Invert cake onto a plate. Serve warm or cool.

Ratings & Reviews

AnneCB's Review

December 13, 2010
Delicious - however, a 10" decorative tube pan is way too small. Don't fill your pan any more than 1/2 as the cake rises a lot. I just made a few extra smaller cakes with the leftover batter.