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White Poppy Seed & Lemon Yogurt Cake

By • Mar 25th, 2011 • Category: Baking Projects

I get Chinese food withdrawals when I don’t get enough of it. Of course it doesn’t help to read food blogs, I just get hungrier. I know this has nothing to do with lemons or yogurt, poppy seed or cake. But I really need to get it out of my system.

Actually, it is kind of related. Whenever I have a food craving, I go through a series of thoughts: (1) Is it within immediate reach? If not, then I proceed to the next question (2) Can I cook/bake/make it? If the sort of food is too complicated / I don’t have the resources / I’m too bloody lazy / I do not have the nerves to attempt it, e.g. roast duck; I end up with nothing. It takes a long time before the mood for something else comes along.

And that’s how the poppy seed lemon cake came along. I was craving for citrus and yellow is such a pretty colour for spring, isn’t it? I was smart enough this time to translate poppy seed into Swedish (S: vallmofrö) before I set out the door, but I wasn’t smart enough to read on the package that they were white (S: vita) ones. So that explains why you don’t see the beautiful black poppy seeds.

Don’t worry, they’re in there.

I love yogurt in cakes. Maybe it’s just me, but I often find it makes a cake rather moist and cheese-cakey-like. Well, actually it was an accidental discovery as the recipe asked for cream but I didn’t have any so I used Turkish Yogurt (Which is really nice and widely available in Sweden. It’s creamier plus, not as tart as, Greek Yogurt)

Anyway, enjoy!


P.S.: Love is… watching a grandparent playing with their grandchild. What does it mean for you?

White Poppy Seed & Lemon Yogurt Cake (adapted from Kitchen Wench)


  • 200g plain flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 to4 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 200g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup yogurt

Yogurt Glaze

  • ¼ cup natural, Turkish or Greek yogurt
  • 1 ½ cups icing sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a cake tin with non stick baking paper.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt, then stir in the poppyseeds till combined.
  3. Beat the butter with an electric beater till it is pale yellow and creamy (approximately 2-3 minutes, depending on your beater).
  4. Add the sugar and beat for another 3-4 minutes or till the sugar is has been completely beaten in and the mixture is again pale yellow and fluffy.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time and make sure to beat well after each addition. If the butter begins to look curdled, it means you have not beaten the mixture for long enough so just keep beating it till it is once again smooth and fluffy.
  6. Add the lemon juice and zest and beat till incorporated.
  7. Beat in the flour in three additions, alternating with the yogurt, on a low setting till ingredients are only just incorporated (this is to prevent you from overworking the gluten in the batter and getting a tough or extremely domed cake).
  8. Scrape the batter into your prepared pans and bake for 40 – 45 minutes, or till a skewer inserted comes out clean.


Yogurt glaze method:
Beat the yoghurt in a bowl with a fork till it is smooth and rid of lumps, then stir in the icing sugar a few tablespoons at a time, making sure that each addition is completely stirred in and that all lumps are gone. Allow to sit for a few minutes before dolloping over the cake.

Serve with extra love ;-)

Related posts:

  1. Moist Carrot Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
  2. Lemon Meringue Pie
  3. Orange Poppyseed Cake
  4. Apricot & Mango Yogurt Cake
  5. Hurra! Carrot Cake
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5 Responses »

  1. So lovely the colour!

    Hey, i love yogurt in my cakes too.. like lots. So, you are not alone :)

    ps : very nice blog u have here

  2. Oooooo thanks for dropping by Sherie. So lovely to have you. And thank you for your lovely words too!

  3. Wow…that looks really moist, citrusy and delicious. I love it. I love to use yogurt in baking too. Like you said, it makes the cake more moist. Answering your question….the grandmother feels younger and the grandchild feels loved :D

  4. Love… so many things! I definitely love poppy seeds – I’d sure love to try a slice of that cake. :)

  5. This is dessert looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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