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traditional German Poppy Seed Cake served drizzled with lemon icing and sprinkled with poppy seeds

Traditional German Poppy Seed Cake Recipe (gluten-free , flour-less)

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.
Course Breakfast, brunch, Dessert
Cuisine Austrian, germany
Keyword German Poppy Seed Cake, gluten-free poppy seed cake, Traditional poppy seed cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 310 kcal


  • 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


  1. Preheat the oven to 175 C / 350 F. Grease the loaf pan and dust it with flour.

  2. Separate the eggs.

  3. 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.

  4. Beat the egg whites with salt until stiff. Fold the egg whites very gently into the batter.

  5. 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.

Recipe Notes

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.