Poppy Seed Cake Recipe

This poppy seed cake recipe is for a chiffon poppy seed cake.

It makes a very large poppy seed cake which has to be baked in a large tube or funnel pan.

I like to ice it with cream cheese frosting, and a friend of mine who bakes this cake also, ices it with peanut butter icing.

Either way, it is a wonderful, moist treat to eat.


  • 1/2 cup poppy seeds, soaked in 1 cup cold water for 2 1/2 hours.
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup salad oil
  • 7 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar


  • Sift all dry ingredients into a large bowl.
  • Make a well in the center, add oil, egg yolks, poppy seeds and water, 2 tsp. vanilla and baking soda.
  • Beat until smooth.
  • In a separate very large bowl, beat 7 egg whites until stiff, add 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar, keep beating until very stiff peaks form.
  • Pour egg yolk mixture gradually over whipped egg whites, gently folding in with a spatula.
  • Pour into a large ungreased tube pan.
  • Bake for 50 minutes @325 F, then increase heat to 350 F for 10-15 minutes.
  • When cake is done, immediately turn pan upside down placing tube part over a funnel.
  • Let stand to cool approximately 2 hours.

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