Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 35 mins

This is a poppy seed square with a twist. A cake like base with the topping of a nanaimo bar. This square is totally addictive,but not as sweet as a nanaimo bar. It will become a regular on your dainty tray. I have been making this for years and it is our favorite. Get it into the freezer quick or you will pick at it until it all gone.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Beat egg whites until stiff and set aside.
  2. Beat egg yolks and sugar.
  3. Add oil, milk and vanilla.
  4. Mix.
  5. Add dry ingredients.
  6. Mix.
  7. Fold in beaten egg whites.
  8. If adding the cherries or nuts they can be folded in now.
  9. Pour into greased and floured 9x13 cake pan.
  10. Bake at 325F 35-40 minutes ( until tester comes out clean).
  11. cool.
  12. Filling:.
  13. cream butter.
  14. Combine milk with custard powder and add to butter.
  15. Mix in icing sugar. ( add a bit more milk if you need to).
  16. Spread over cooled base.
  17. Let set in fridge for about 30 minutes then add glaze.
  18. Glaze:.
  19. Melt chocolate and butter ( I usually do this step in the microwave) and spread over filling.
  20. Refridgerate, then cut into squares.
  21. This Square can be frozen.
  22. Prep time is approximate.
  23. Enjoy.
Most Helpful

5 5

Made this for my Christmas dainty trays. It was a hit. Only baked base for 35 mins. Omited the opts. and didn't add the 3 extra tbsps. of poppy seeds. Will be going on my dainty tray next year.

5 5

I did add finely chopped glace cherries into my cake base as I had them on hand from another recipe, left our any nuts. Only made half the quantity of the chocolate glaze for the top, everything turned out great. It was an easy recipe to make and I will be making these at Christmas again for sure.

5 5

This recipe is great. The cake part is moist and tasty, and of course the filling & chocolate glaze is delectible! A fantastic choice as an alternate to traditional nanaimo squares (and for those of us who do not like coconut). Presents nicely, and is not overly finnicky to make. I didn't use the nuts or cherries the first time, but it was a hit ! Will make again for sure, and might just experiment with the nuts! Thanks for the recipe, Dotty2 !