Moist orange poppy seed cake

I have recreated from June Darville, a food blogger poppy seed cake with orange blossom. It’s my second time recreating poppy seed cake. I am happy that its turned out well. Her original recipe is below.

The cake is moist fluffy soft and have a great orange flavour. I take my adventure of exploring by making it double recipes.
I didn’t want any decorations as I am trying out this cake. Serve with orange sauce. Happy Baking!!!!


80 g poppy seeds
310 g plain flour
2 tsp bicarb sodium
310 g butter
340 g caster sugar
4 tbs orange flavour essence
6 large eggs

Orange sauce ingredients

1/2 orange zest
1/2 orange juice
1 small brown onion
1 tsp orange flavour essence (opt)
1 small garlic clove
¼ cup (60 ml) bourbon whiskey
1 tbs white wine vinegar
120 ml water
olive oil


Preheat oven 160 degrees C. Line and greased pan. Place butter and poppy seed in pan over low heat melt gently. Once melted, take it off the heat and let it cool until lukewarm. Put plain flour, caster sugar, bicarb in a large mixing bowl.

Mix well and add egg whole and whisk well into a smooth batter. Pour in the lukewarm melted butter and poppy seed mixture. Make sure whisk well still batter have the right consistency then add orange flavour essence and whisk till mixture become smooth cake batter and pour it in a buttered cake tin. Bake the cake for 40 minutes.

Let it stand in oven for 10 mins with door ajar and let it cool a little in its tin outside for a further 30 mins. Cut the cake up into squares. Option have with orange sauce, ice cream or on its own.

Method for sauce

Peel the onion and the garlic clove and chop them finely. Turn the heat to medium and add the onion and garlic to the hot pan.

Stir well. Season with a pinch of pepper and salt. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the onion starts to smell fragrant a little. Then add the orange zest. Stir again. Then pour in the brandy, the white wine vinegar, the water and orange flavour essence with orange juice.

Stir the sauce well and cover the pan. Let the sauce simmer and reduce by half for a couple of minutes. It should thicken a little. Stir and check the seasoning. Add extra pepper, salt or white wine vinegar to taste if necessary.

June Darville original: