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    Victorian Citrus Glazed Poppy Seed Cake

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    1 hr 40 mins

    40 mins

    1 hr

    BecR's Note:

    Drizzled with a delicious brandied citrus glaze and served atop a fancy cut crystal pedestal cake stand that's strewn with rose petals and fresh lavender flowers, this solid, satisfying poppy seed cake makes a fitting tribute to a hearty traditional Victorian High Tea. Adapted from "Having Tea" by Tricia Foley.

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    Serves: 10


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    Syrup (Optional)

    • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
    • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
    • 2 tablespoons brandy
    • 1/3 cup superfine sugar
    • fresh organic lavender flowers (or roses, for garnish)


    1. 1
      Soak the poppy seeds in the milk for 4 hours or more. Rinse the seeds under cold running water, and then drain well.
    2. 2
      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a Bundt pan or a 10-inch tube pan.
    3. 3
      Cream the butter and gradually beat in 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar. Beat in the brandy, grated lime and orange rinds, lavender powder and poppy seeds. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
    4. 4
      Continue beating for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture is very light and creamy.
    5. 5
      In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add the remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar and beat until the peaks are stiff but not dry.
    6. 6
      Sift the flour and salt over the egg yolk mixture a third at a time, folding in after each addition. Gently fold in a quarter of the egg whites; then fold in the rest.
    7. 7
      Pour the batter carefully into the prepared pan. Bake 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean when tested in the center. If you like a tangy cake,make a syrup by combining the lime juice and orange juice (and brandy!) in a glass measuring cup; stir in the superfine sugar until it has completely dissolved.
    8. 8
      Immediately upon removing from the oven, prick the top of the cake with a long-tined fork or thin skewer and pour the citrus-brandy syrup all over the top to cover it completely. Allow syrup to soak in and let stand until cool, about 1 hour, before removing pan. Place cake on serving platter and garnish with sprigs of fresh edible flowers.

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    Nutritional Facts for Victorian Citrus Glazed Poppy Seed Cake

    Serving Size: 1 (175 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 608.4
    Calories from Fat 315
    Total Fat 35.0 g
    Saturated Fat 19.3 g
    Cholesterol 223.7 mg
    Sodium 127.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 62.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
    Sugars 37.6 g
    Protein 9.3 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    lime rind

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