Hungarian Poppy Seed Coffee Cake

"Makes for a delightful coffee cake to serve to family and friends. Frost with your favorite icing or dust with icing sugar before serving."
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photo by Baby Kato photo by Baby Kato
photo by Baby Kato photo by Baby Kato
photo by Mulligan photo by Mulligan
Ready In:
1hr 30mins




  • Soak poppy seed in buttermilk for twenty minutes.
  • Cream butter and sugar, add egg yolks, vanilla and beat well.
  • In separate bowl - the flour, baking soda and baking powder using a whisk to mix).
  • Add the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk/poppy mix.
  • Beat eggs, fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites
  • In a greased angel food pan (I use a bundt pan) spread batter in layers sprinkling each layer with the sugar/cocoa/cinnamon mix and swirl with a knife.
  • Bake one hour at 350 degrees or until toothpick come out clean.

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  1. Dotty2
    Delicious coffee cake . Love the combination of the cocoa and sugar. I did omitt the cinnamon.I drizzled a light glaze over it,other than that followed the recipe. Thanks Gerry for sharing this wonderful recipe which will call for many repeats.
  2. averybird
    Another winner Gerry! I was super excited to try this one because I had collected real poppy seeds from my garden last season, from the Papaver somniferum plant, and was trying this recipe out as an experiment (which I wrote about on my blog). The results were wonderful! Only advice, if using a bundt you might want to consider using only a single layer of filling for a more prominent effect. Thanks so much!
  3. weekend cooker
    Made for a dinner party last night, and it was a hit, I used buttermilk per Syds recommendation, the filling was FANTASTIC ! No adjustments were made to this , and this is definately recommended to anyone that likes a quick dessert. A definate repeat. Made for AUS/NZ Recipe Swap#26
  4. Baby Kato
    This is an excellant cake recipe Gerry. We enjoyed this delicious cake very much. I made 1/2 the recipe and used a snowflake shaped cake pan resulting in a tasty hard crusty outside and a beautiful moist and tender inside. The texture and crumb were perfect. The cocoa, sugar and cinnamon combo was to die for. I love what it did with the poppyseeds, a great flavor was achieved and enhanced. I lightly dusted the cake with icing sugar before serving. Thanks so much for sharing this keeper.
  5. Mulligan
    This was my first time making a coffee cake - IT WAS WONDERFUL!! I think next time I'll let the cake cool before attempting to remove it from the Angel Food Cake Pan. It was so moist that the warm cake fell apart when I was plating. Thanks for posting the recipe! Made for ZWT4- Chic Chefs.


  1. evelynathens
    Lovely coffee cake! I made this after I got the kids to school and took to a friend's for coffee. We all loved the flavour and texture. The poppy seeds provided their incomparable taste and crunch and the cocoa/cinnamon swirl running through the cake was very nice. I used greek yoghurt thinned with milk in place of the buttermilk and baked in a bundt.


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