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Category: Desserts

City Restaurant Poppy Seed Cake

City Restaurant Poppy Seed Cake
Los Angeles Times

Dear SOS: About 10 or 11 years ago you published a wonderful pound-type cake from City Restaurant in L.A. It was made with butter and poppy seeds. I lost that recipe and would love to get it again. Adle Ohs ... Read more

Total time: 1 1/2 hours | Serves 12


  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, plus more for preparing pan
  • 2 1/4 cups flour, plus more for preparing pan
  • 1 cup poppy seeds
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Step 1Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a 10-inch tube pan. Set aside.

Step 2Combine the poppy seeds, honey and water in a saucepan and cook over low heat until the water evaporates, stirring frequently, 4 to 5 minutes. Cool.

Step 3Cream together the butter, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the sour cream, poppy seed mixture, salt and lemon juice at low speed, combining thoroughly.

Step 4Sift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Add the flour mixture to the poppy seed mixture. Beat at low speed until thoroughly combined.

Step 5Pour the batter into the pan. Bake until the cake draws away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Cover with foil if the cake browns too quickly. Remove the cake from the pan and cool to lukewarm.

Lemon glaze

  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

Step 1Combine the lemon juice and powdered sugar in a saucepan. Bring to boil and cook until a thin syrup is formed, 1 to 2 minutes. Brush the glaze over the lukewarm cake.

Each serving:
413 calories; 455 mg sodium; 74 mg cholesterol; 22 grams fat; 11 grams saturated fat; 50 grams carbohydrates; 6 grams protein; 1.92 grams fiber.
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