Orange Poppy Seed Pound Cake

Savor a zesty explosion of deliciousness with our recipe for Orange Poppy Seed Pound Cake.

This delicious take on the traditional pound cake, which is appropriate for any occasion, mixes the tartness of fresh oranges with the delicate crunch of poppy seeds to produce a delightfully gratifying dessert.

This cake will wow whether you’re throwing a brunch, marking a big event, or just needing a sweet fix. See how to make this delectable dessert that will have everyone lining up for seconds by following along.

Prepare to up your baking ante and satiate your palate with every rich and delicious piece of this Orange Poppy Seed Pound Cake!


  • 1 cup (225g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest (from about 2 oranges)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds


Heat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Brush and flour a 9 by 5 inch loaf pan.

Beat the sugar and softened butter in a large bowl with a hand mixer or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy.

Beat well after adding each egg one at a time. Beat in the orange juice, zest, and vanilla essence thoroughly.

Whisk the flour and salt together in another basin.

Stirring in alternately with the milk, gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet. Start and finish with the dry ingredients, stirring only until barely blended after each addition. Watch cautious not to overmix.

Stir the poppy seeds into the batter just until they are equally dispersed.

Spoon batter into loaf pan and use a spatula to level surface.

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick put into the middle comes out clean.

After giving the cake ten or so minutes to cool in the pan, move it to a wire rack to finish cooling.

When cold, cut and serve. For an added sweetness, you may either sprinkle powdered sugar over the top or drizzle with a straightforward glaze prepared with powdered sugar and orange juice.

Savor your wonderful pound cake with orange poppy seeds!

1. Can I use bottled orange juice instead of fresh orange juice?

While fresh orange juice is preferred for the best flavor, bottled orange juice can be used as a substitute in a pinch. Just make sure it’s 100% pure orange juice without any added sugars or flavors.

2. Can I freeze the Orange Poppy Seed Pound Cake?

Yes, you can freeze this cake! Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then place it in an airtight container before freezing. It should keep well for up to 2-3 months. When ready to enjoy, simply thaw it in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for a few hours before serving.

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