Grandma’s Easy Poppy Seed Cake

poppy seed cake

As a child, my Grandma made me a poppy seed cake every year for my birthday.   Sound odd?  Well – my birthday is on New Year’s Eve, and who isn’t sugared out by then after all the Christmas cookies and holiday treats?

So this poppy seed cake was always just right – not too sweet – no heavy, sugary icing – just a fun old-fashioned bread-like cake that speaks love to me.

poppy seed cake slice

Marty used to make it for me sometimes through the years; but the older we get, the more I just don’t want anything sweet by my birthday. (Red wine, however, is ALWAYS welcome!) 🙂

So I have had a hankering for poppy seed cake lately, and when I passed a package of poppy seeds in the grocery store yesterday, I just threw them in the cart and came home and baked it!

poppy seed cake 2

Don’t be surprised if it reminds you more of a sweet bread – more like banana bread or zucchini bread. It is yummy for breakfast with coffee or just as a treat.  (And of course it goes well with red wine.  What doesn’t?)

Here’s our recipe:

Grandma's Easy Poppy Seed Cake

  • Servings: One Yummy Cake
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3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup vegetable oil
1 can evaporated milk
1/4 cup poppy seeds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease and flour 10 inch tube or bundt pan.
In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients.
Make a well in the center and add eggs, vanilla, oil, and milk.  Mix well.
Fold in poppy seeds.
Pour into prepared pan, and bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes in pan, then turn onto rack to cool.

When cool, sprinkle generously with sifted powdered sugar.

Cheers & Hugs,

22 thoughts on “Grandma’s Easy Poppy Seed Cake

  1. Yum! This sure looks delicious! I have never had poppy seed cake but I have had poppy seed muffins and I loved them. I imagine this tastes the same. Thanks for the recipe! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! It snowed all morning yesterday here and it’s suppose to rain today. I’m sure ready for spring.


  2. Jodi, what wonderful memories the poppy cake brings. My mother-in-law used poppies all the time. Her cake, keeflies (? spelling), and many dishes were fabulous. Baba was orphaned in Slovakia at a very young age. She was in a Jewish home in Brataslava for many years. They were good to her and paid for her wedding to Dzedo. A Catholic wedding.
    Consequently her meals were quite a mixture of both Religions and Celebrations. Christmas Eve was a gourmet delight. A little bit of Kosher, a little bit of Slovac and some Canadian thrown in.
    Thank you for the recipe. My eldest daughter will bake it ;o). She also does a mean perogy with prunes!!!


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