Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 45 mins

This was a graduate school favorite that I recently dug out of a very old box of recipe clips. I have no idea where the recipe originated but have fond memories of sitting with my housemates in the kitchen eating hot slabs of this cake right out of the oven.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat poppyseeds and milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat just before milk begins to boil. Let stand until milk reaches room temperature.
  2. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt).
  5. AIn thirds, alternately beat into the butter and sugar the dry ingredients and milk. Add the vanilla and lemon zest at the end.
  6. Lightly butter 2 loaf pans and split batter between pans. Bake 40-50 minutes until a toothpick or knife inserted comes out clean.


Most Helpful

I love the tons of poppy seeds in this, and lemon zest was a great addition! For some reason mine was on the dry side; difficult to cut without the edges crumbling. (Possibly my eggs were too small?) The batter seemed fine, and the cake still tastes really good. I topped with raspberry toffee sauce #142631. I'm going to try freezing the second loaf. Thanks for sharing!

Kaarin November 01, 2005

This is delicious. Added a little more milk since Kaarin said it was a little dry and the extra milk made the cake perfect. Thanks for sharing. ;-))

Helgaf November 27, 2010

Just wanted to add that the original Moosewood recipe calls for brown sugar and says to bake in two well-greased bread pans. I like the look of Tina and Dave's photo and am going to make it that way right now!

Elisabetta47 June 03, 2009

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