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Somewhat similar to a rum cake, but with citrus flavors. Recipe is from the Southern Food site of about.com.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, sift before measuring
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons finely grated orange zest
- 1 cup softened butter
- 1 1⁄2 cups granulated sugar
- 2⁄3 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 6 large eggs
- 1⁄3 cup poppy seed
- 1⁄3 cup Grand Marnier
- 1⁄3 cup orange juice
- 2⁄3 cup granulated sugar
- Butter and flour a 10-inch tube pan. Heat oven to 350°.
- In a large bowl, measure the sifted flour, baking powder, salt, soda, and orange zest; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with 1 1/2 cups sugar until creamy; beat in cream, vanilla, and eggs until light. Slowly beat in the flour mixture until well blended. Stir in the poppy seeds.
- Spread the batter in prepared pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.
- Meanwhile, about 5 minutes before the cake is done baking, combine Grand Marnier, orange juice, and 2/3 cup sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Lower heat and simmer for 1 minute.
- Take the cake from the oven and place on a rack; poke all over the top (dozens of times) with a long skewer or cake tester. Spoon the hot syrup mixture over the cake. Let stand for 10 minutes then remove pan sides. The syrup should have soaked in completely. Let the cake cool before carefully loosening and removing the tube section.
For us, this cake is a "do not repeat". The crumb is heavy and dense and a bit dry despite the glaze that is brushed on after the cake is baked. I found that it was more moist and tender when warmed. The warming seemed to "wake" up the butter. The Grand Marnier is barely noticeable. I've made other poppy seed cakes that were considerably more moist, tender and flavorful than this one. I baked the cake at 325°, started checking to see if it was done at 45 minutes, and removed it from the oven as soon as it tested done at 58 minutes so it wasn't over baked. The cake is too disappointing to waste calories on and will be going in the trash!