Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Poppy Seed Cake.
One of the things I love to do around my birthday is bake Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Poppy Seed Cake.
Having a birthday so close after Christmas, when everyone is really “over” sweets, Grandma made this simple cake for my birthday every year for as long as I can remember until she passed away.
May sound kind of strange that I like to bake my own cake these days, but I really do. For me, it’s more than baking. It’s reminiscing. It’s sweet, loving memories. It’s kind of a tribute to my Stella Star.
I use Grandma’s old tin measuring cup as I measure out the flour and sugar. I grease and flour the pan – a square tube pan – because that is the way Grandma did it. I crack eggs and stir and think of conversations Grandma and I had in the kitchen while she cooked and baked. I put it in the oven and wait for the smell…. That smell that takes me right there to her kitchen. Right back to that feeling of comfort and peace and unconditional love.
So yep – baking my cake gives me almost as much joy as eating it!
I love the way the outside is crisp and crunchy, and the inside is tender and moist and just a little sweet, but packed full of flavor.
This is a very basic cake. A cake likely made in times when ingredients were simple, money was tight, and everything was made from scratch with love. And I love it!
Do you have a recipe like this that is just as much of a memory as it is something to eat? Something that is a ritual of love?
Here is our recipe:
Grandma's Easy Poppy Seed Cake
When cool, sprinkle generously with sifted powdered sugar.