I think the name of this recipe says it all, right? This Orange and Poppy Seeds Cake is the favourite of many, and it’s hard to find another combination that can beat its flavours. If I get asked to summarise it in three adjectives, they would be fresh, moist and intense colours (this one counts as a word hehe).
As you can imagine, this is yet another addition to my recipes in my blog that is super easy and fast to make. Let’s say the contents in this blog have to meet such requirement. Otherwise, it wouldn’t make it to “published” status and worth sharing. Also, imagine this. The original recipe is my mom’s, probably inherited from my grandma, and she used to call 1, 2, 3 cake.
What is a 1, 2, 3 cake?
I have the pleasure to introduce you to the renamed 1, 2, 3 cake. Long story short, I think this is one of the first recipes I learnt from my mom. The actual name lacks the “marketing” touch, but it helps you remember the recipe any time. Find the magic formula below:
- 1 (measure*) fat component -> oil, cream, butter.
- 2 (measures*) sugar
- 2-3 eggs
- 3 (measures*) self-rising flour
- Additions: chocolate chips, half chocolate/half vanilla, mandarins, oranges, nuts, anything you would like.
*Always use the same measurement, i.e., the same cup, glass or mug. You can even weight the ingredients and use 100 g, 200 g, 300 g, etc.
Without noticing, you just learnt the foundation to many of my recipes. Ups. With the years, and after many trials and errors, I’ve been adapting many of them, and giving a more “sophisticated” touch, if you’d like. For instance, in this Orange and Poppy Seeds Cake, I pour some glacé and the candied oranges (original recipe from Delicious from Scratch).
Ok, I’ll make it short, so here is the complete recipe for my Orange and Poppy Seeds Cake. Hope you enjoy baking it!
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Orange and Poppy Seeds Cake
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 whole oranges peeled, seeded and cut in quarters
- 1 tbsp vanilla essence
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ cup self-rising flour
- 2 tbsp poppy seeds
- 1 ½ cup icing sugar
- Juice of 1 lemon
Candied Oranges: (optional)
- 150 g sugar
- 250 ml water
- 1 orange sliced 4-5 mm thick
- Preheat your oven to 180 ºC and grease a cake tin. (For this recipe, I used a 23 cm diameter pan).
- In a blender, add the oil and the sugar, and blend for 30 seconds. Add the quartered oranges, the eggs and the vanilla essence. Continue blending until you get a smooth consistency for around 2 minutes.
- Pour into a large bowl and fold the flour with patience.
- Add the poppy seeds and pour the batter into the cake tin.
- Bake for 25 minutes, until it is golden brown color. Insert a toothpick in the middle and, if it comes out clean, it’s done!
- Let it cool completely before covering with the glacé.
- Sift the icing sugar and add the lemon juice.
- Mix until you get a runny consistency.
- In a saucepan, boild the water and add sugar. Let it simmer until all the sugar is dissolved.
- Once it boils, lower to medium heat and add the orange slices. Simmer for 30 minutes.
- Set aside and remove oranges to a baking sheet with parchment paper. Let them cool completely.
- Once they are cold, transfer to a cooling rack for 24 hours.
- ORANGES: You can add one orange unpeeled for more intense color and fragrance. Just do one unpeeled and one peeled. Otherwise, the cake will come out quite bitter. If they are too small, just use three.
- ALTERNATIVES: You can easily replace the oranges with mandarins. If you do, there is no need to peel them (mandarins' peel is not as bitter as oranges'). Just remove the seeds, if any.