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A gluten-free spin on an old-fashioned traditional German Poppy Seed Cake recipe using ground almonds, which make this loaf cake moist and delicious. Jump to Recipe
As a German girl, I love baking with poppy seeds and am simply obsessed with the distinctive almond-like flavor they add to cakes. There are many different variations for German poppy seed cake with different kinds of fillings, streusel, and additions.
On my blog alone I have so many Poppy Seed Cake recipes, like this German Poppy Seed Cheesecake or this German Poppy Seed Sheet Cake. Unlike other traditional old-fashioned German Baking recipes, which often require yeasted doughs or cooked poppy seed fillings, this German Poppy Seed Loaf Cake recipe is very very easy to make, with basic ingredients, and still very moist and delicious.
All ingredients for this German cake can be easily found in the US and the cake is completely made from scratch, no pre-made poppy seed filling needed. Make sure you get fresh smelling poppy seeds.
How to make this German Poppy Seed Cake recipe:
The recipe is so easy! You want to beat the softened butter with the sugar until light and frothy. Fold in egg yolks first, then rum, ground almonds, and poppy seeds.
Beat the egg whites separately with salt until stiff and fold them in very gently into the batter.
Pour the dough into the greased loaf pan and bake in the preheated oven at 175 C / 350 F for about 55 minutes.
Tips for baking with poppy seeds:
Wondering how to prepare poppy seeds for baking? Well, first off, no need for soaking. All you need to is grind them up before adding them to the cake batter. German, Polish, Hungarian, and Czech cake recipes almost always use ground poppy seeds.
I use my KitchenAid food grinder attachment for my stand mixer. You can also use a coffee grinder and do it in smaller batches
How to store loaf cakes:
Store the cake at room temperature in an airtight container and keep it out of the direct sun and away from any major heat sources that might melt the lemon icing. Keep your poppy seed cake boxed on the counter for up to three days
- Let the cake cool in the loaf pan for 15 minutes before turning it over to avoid breakage.
- Drizzle the cake with a simple icing made with powdered sugar and lemon juice or drizzle it with melted white chocolate.
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Traditional German Poppy Seed Cake Recipe (gluten-free , flour-less)
- 7 eggs
- 280 g softened butter
- 1 pinch salt
- 200 g sugar
- 1 tbsp rum
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 280 g ground poppy seeds
- 280 g ground almonds almond meal
Preheat the oven to 175 C / 350 F. Grease the loaf pan and dust it with flour.
Separate the eggs.
Beat the softened butter with the 200 g sugar until light and frothy. Now, using the hand mixer on low speed, a spatula or a big handheld whisk, gradually fold in the egg yolks, then fold in rum, vanilla, ground almonds and poppy seeds.
Beat the egg whites with salt until stiff. Fold the egg whites very gently into the batter.
Pour the dough into the greased loaf pan and bake in the preheated oven at for about 55 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes before turning over.
Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes before turning over.
Drizzle the cake with a simple icing made with powdered sugar and lemon juice or drizzle it with melted white chocolate.