Ukrainian Poppyseed Cake

Ukrainian Poppyseed Cake Recipe

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Katie Nichols


This is one of my favorite recipes. I get many people asking me to make more for them! You can also divide the batter into cupcake pans rather than a loaf pan.


★★★★★ 1 vote

20 Min
40 Min


  • 1/2 c
    poppy seeds
  • 1 c
  • 1 c
  • 1 1/3 c
    cane sugar
  • 3
  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    lemon extract
  • ·
    zest of 1 lemon

How to Make Ukrainian Poppyseed Cake


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and adjust oven rack to middle position.
  2. Heat the poppy seeds and milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from the heat just before the milk begins to boil. Set aside.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. In thirds, alternately beat into the butter and sugar the dry ingredients and milk. Add the lemon extract and zest at the end.
  6. Lightly spray two loaf pans and divide the batter between the two pans. Bake 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out dry.

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About Ukrainian Poppyseed Cake

Course/Dish: Sweet Breads
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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