Orange and Poppy Seeds Cake

One slice of this sunshine cake served with Tea to him…He looks at the cake, picks up the orange candy and simply murmurs “why can’t you make simple cakes” whilst chewing away the candy. Well this line also summarizes my whole hearted love for Orange cake…I just love them😅
“And now my beauties, something with poison in it I think, with poison in it, but attractive to the eye and soothing to the smell . . . poppies, poppies, poppies will put them to sleep.”…this and Dorothy sleeping away in the fields was actually running in my mind while mixing away the poppy seeds in the batter. If only the wicked witch knew our “n” number of recipes for poppy seeds I’m sure Dorothy would’ve had one less thing to worry about. Fantasy and theatrics aside, the poppy seeds actually give the cake a slight grainy texture so its not your regular orange pound cake its Magical. Did I forget to mention the orange peel candies…twinkle toes did taste them happily (I’m smiling away)❤️❤️

Preparation time- 20 min
Cooking Time- 1hr 20 min


175g Butter
175g Castor Sugar
3 eggs
250g Flour
1 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Baking soda
Pinch of salt
40g poppy Seeds
Orange zest – 1 Tbsp
Juice of 4 oranges
Icing sugar- 125 g
Orange peel candies – 1/4 cup


Pre heat oven at 160°. Beat butter and sugar, add eggs gradually, sift in flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, mix, add poppy seeds, zest and 4-5 tbsp orange juice. Mix the batter and layer it in a loaf tin. bake for 1hr- 1hr – 10 min. Let the cake cool in the tin for 5 min, take it out on cooling rack. Make a thick paste of icing sugar and orange juice, drizzle all over the cake. Add some orange peel candies and enjoy.

Published by Richa Bhargava Mitra

A food enthusiast who finds cooking a stress buster. A core Rajasthani married to a Bengali, my kitchen is always happily churning out dishes covering both the states as well as many other experiments including all things sweet :) Baking has never been a part of my growing years and messing around in the kitchen schedule. Primarily because baking without egg never seemed like an option...why ? Well this goes wayyy back. I am a Bhargava who are strictly vegetarians by choice and religion. Hence no onion, garlic , eggs etc can even enter the house..forget the kitchen. But growing years of every generation had their share of baked goodies which always had eggs. My Grandfather ( Mother's father) used to assist in a bakery during his college days in Rawalpindi..this was before India's independence and hence all the bakeries etc were British. My grampa still swears by the taste of all the amazing patisseries and almond milk etc. My mother had her share during her Convent school days and so did I. For my father there was a twist, by the time he grew up his mother had allowed onion and eggs in kitchen ....yippeee. But then eventually every one grows up and the religion factor comes into the picture. Hence till date at my Mother's place no onion in the kitchen. But i married a bengali who was nowhere near to be a vegetarian. So after many... failed, not so successful, will do, oohh good, disaster, can you keep the taste consistent, too much salt and loads of patience i have finally managed to start cooking the way dishes are supposed to be. Hence my blog focuses on baked goodies, vegetarian Bhargava food and Bengali food that i have learned from my husband and In laws. Not to miss the name SweetJaw as i cannot stay away from sweet ..not in any form but i guess cakes, cookies, tarts, pastries, Indian sweets in fact any things that is either baked, deep fried, and has chocolate , icing sugar is bound be the best. So my blog's name is shamelessly SweetJaw

35 thoughts on “Orange and Poppy Seeds Cake

  1. Probably my favorite cake, I love orange cakes, and then this one with its frosting … fabulous
    I’ll be fine for tea;)
    Thank you very much, your post reminds me that at the moment I am not allowed to sugar but it is a pleasure to read you and to see your images anyway !!!!
    thank you Richa

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      1. I enjoy discovering your recipes. I am a big foodie, and I have to learn to discipline myself (that’s why I have to calm down my sugar consumption, I am on a Keto diet, I only eat fat, and I lose weight) …
        When I was younger I used to say with a laugh that I was “biscuitovore”.
        I knew the whole biscuit department, the novelties …
        I even experienced a little drama the day the Delacre brand withdrew my favorite “Kalinka” cookie from its production.
        Thank you for your recipes, we feel that there is a lot of love and passion in you.🕊❤️

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    1. Dearest Joanna,

      How are you, how is your health. I do wish one day in your beautiful garden with butterflies, birds, rabbits and your hedgehog running around ,to sit down with you and listen to your vast knowledge on literature and just everything ❤️


  2. Dearest Richa, you are so lovable!! I wish you could come one day, please!!

    As I am now in rehab, the hospital really, next week I am going to revisit my garden, with all the wildlife.


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    1. Dearest Joanna,
      Prayers for your speedy recovery. Your garden is definitely missing your presence. Looking forward to the next write-up from your garden❤️. Any mail id on which i can reach you.


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