Old Fashioned Poppy Seed Cake

Pat Duran


This recipe was given to me by the Frankenmuth Historical Association and Mrs Zehnder from Frankenmuth ,Michigan.
This recipe has been in her family since she was a child in the 30's..It was always their Birthday Cake when she was a child and her children love it too and now her grandchildren love it!


★★★★★ 2 votes

15 Min
25 Min


  • CAKE

  • 1/4 to 1/2 c
    poppy seeds- more or less to your liking -i like to use 1/2 cup
  • 3/4 c
  • 3/4 c
    butter or spry(spry is a shortening like crisco)
  • 1 1/4 c
    granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c
    brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 4 large
    egg whites, stiffly beaten

  • 4 large
    egg yolks
  • 2 c
  • 1 c
    granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract

  • 1 c
    solid crisco or spry shortening
  • 1/2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp
    butter extract
  • 3 Tbsp
    powdered coffee creamer
  • 1/4 c
    warm water-more if needed
  • 4 c
    powdered sugar
  • garnish
    coconut or nuts

How to Make Old Fashioned Poppy Seed Cake


  1. Preheat oven to 375^. Grease two 9-inch cake pan then place a circle of waxed paper in the pans and grease the paper; set aside.
    Soak the poppy seed in the milk, the longer the soak the better;set aside.
  2. CAKE:
    Cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Then add the milk and poppy seeds. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and vanilla.
  3. Fold in the beaten egg whites. Pour equally into the prepared pans. Bake for 25 minutes or until tested done when tooth pick is inserted in center of cakes. Cool 2 minutes in tins; remove from pan and remove waxed paper carefully. Cool completely on wire racks. Prepare filling.
    Heat milk , vanilla and sugar then add cornstarch and yolks mixed together. Cook till thick and then cool. Spread between layers. Make Frosting.
    Cream shortening in the bowl of mixer. Add the extracts. To the powdered creamer add the water and mix until dissolved and add to the shortening mixture and mix on low until the water is incorporated into the shortening. Slowly add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing on low speed. You may need a little more water depending on consistency of icing you want. Garnish top with coconut or nuts ,if desired.
    This does not need to be refrigerated.

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About Old Fashioned Poppy Seed Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Spice/Herb/Seasoning
Regional Style: Polish
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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