Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lemon Poppy Seed Yoghurt Cake

I wanted to baked this cake with the intention to join in the Bake Along blog hop hosted by Joyce, Lena and Zoe which I have been following with interest and always looking forward to see the next post:).   I told myself I wanted to join in the bake along but somehow, never made it! So finally I told myself this cake is pretty simple and sounds delicious and I must bake it for submission, except I can't find sour cream! Since I already have all the rest of the ingredients, I thought I'll just go ahead and bake it but substituting sour cream with yoghurt.  The cake turn out really moist and delicious, I must try the sour cream version too.
Ready to brush on the lemon syrup...see the holes on the surface? I used a toothpick to poke the holes.

The original recipe can be found here.



2 large eggs, at room temperature

1 large egg yolk, at room temperature

¾ cup plus 1 Tbsp. sour cream, divided (I used 180g  plain yoghurt)

1¾  tsp. pure vanilla extract (I used vanilla beans from one vanilla pod)

cups (or 2 cups plus 3 Tbsp.) (280g) cake flour (or bleached all-purpose flour), sifted into the cup and leveled off (I used All Purpose flour) 

cups (8.7 ounces) (280g) superfine sugar (I reduced to 150g)

tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

5 tsp. loosely packed lemon zest (from 2 large lemons), finely grated

cup (1.7 ounces) (48g) poppy seeds

14 Tbsp. (1¾ sticks; 7 ounces) (200g) unsalted butter, at 65 to 75 degrees (mine is room temperature)

Lemon syrup

½ cup plus 1 Tbsp. (4 ounces) (113g) sugar

~ The juice of 2 large lemons (6 Tbsp. or 3 fluid ounces), freshly squeezed


  1. Preheat the oven: Twenty minutes or more before baking, set an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees if using a dark pan).
  2. Prepare the pan: Coat a 10-cup Nordic Ware Elegant Heart Pan or a metal fluted tube pan with baking spray and then with flour.
  3. Mix the liquid ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk the whole eggs, yolk, ¼ cup of the sour cream (yoghurt), and the vanilla (vanilla beans), just until lightly combined.
  4. Make the batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the flat beater, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, lemon zest, and poppy seeds on low speed for 30 seconds. Add the butter and the remaining sour cream (yoghurt). Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened. Raise the speed to medium and beat for 1½ minutes. The mixture will lighten in color and texture. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  5. Starting on low speed, gradually add the egg mixture in two parts, beating on medium speed for 30 seconds after each addition to incorporate the ingredients and strengthen the structure. Using a silicone spatula or spoon, scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface evenly with a small metal spatula.
  6. Bake the cake: Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a wire cake tester inserted between the tube and the side comes out clean and the cake springs back when pressed lightly in the center. The cake should start to shrink from the sides of the pan only after removal from the oven. Shortly before the cake is finished baking, make the lemon syrup.
  7. Make the lemon syrup: In a 1-cup or larger microwavable glass measure (or in a small saucepan over medium heat), heat the sugar and lemon juice, stirring often, until the sugar is dissolved. Do not allow it to boil. Cover it tightly to prevent evaporation.
  8. Apply the syrup and cool and unmold the cake: As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, place the pan on a wire rack, poke the cake all over with a thin skewer, and brush it with about one-third of the syrup. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Invert it onto a 10-inch cardboard round or serving plate. Brush the top and sides of the cake with the remaining syrup. Cool completely and wrap airtight.


Culinate editor’s notes: You can, of course, use unbleached all-purpose flour and ordinary granulated sugar and still produce a perfectly delicious cake. And don’t skip the lemon syrup; because it soaks throughout the cake, it’s essential for making (and keeping) this cake moist. Because the syrup is so sweet, you may wish to reduce the amount of sugar called for in the cake batter, down to a minimum of 3/4 cup.
I didn't wait till it's completely cooled!


  1. Eileen@Hundred Eighty DegreesFebruary 29, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    I am a follower of their blogs too. Have always wanted to join in the fun to bake along, but yet try. Hopefully I will join this time. Yours look delicious!

  2. Hey, there's still time to join. This is quite a simple cake otherwise I wouldn't have baked it..not to mention it is delicious too!


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