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Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake

When winter starts to appear in fits and starts Mona Farrugia gets a huge craving for cakes: lovely, high, soft and nutty cakes such as this Lemon & Poppy Seed one.

Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake
Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake
Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake


Main Ingredient Spelt Flour
Preparation Time 30 minutes
Cooking Time 90 minutes
Course Cake
Recipe Serves 10
Recipe Type Cake
I love tea cakes, not teacakes, but the kind of cakes you eat with tea. My usual gripe with lemon cakes is that they are not lemony enough, so here, I have added 3 drops of lemon oil, the kind you buy from a health shop, to the mix. I also love the crunchiness that the poppy seeds give, not to mention the appearance: they make everything look like a lot more fun.
You have a couple of alternatives in how to cook this: either as a cake, using a loaf tin or as 'muffin shapes', miniature cakes in their own right. I am so used to silicone now that I cannot be bothered using anything else, but if you use tin, remember to line it well.

Preheat the oven to 170C


You need:

230g spelt

3 tablespoons baking powder

2 tablespoons poppy seeds

4 eggs

3 drops lemon oil

125g Tagatesse (or 230g caster sugar if you're fine with that)

125ml double cream

2 tablespoons lemon juice

grated rind of one lemon

90g unsalted butter



Sift the spelt and baking powder. Mix in the poppy seeds.

In a machine, mix the eggs and tagatesse (or sugar) adding the drops of lemon oil. Add the double cream, mixing some more (not too much because you will split it) and the lemon juice and rind,

Gently amalgamate this mix into the spelt mix. Add the butter mix.

Pour this mix into the moulds or tin and bake it for 30-45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.



You can decorate with some simple icing. I like to mix some tagatesse with lemon juice, pouring it all over the cakes for gloss.  If you want to go overboard sprinkle some more poppy seeds which will stick to the icing.

Shopping Tips
Poppy seeds are available from any health food shop and good supermarkets.


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Veronica Cammarota
October 15, 2010
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Hi it looks lovely and would like to try it however I think you missed the butter in your ingredients as you say "add the butter mix". Please let me know how much butter is needed.

Mona's reply

True. Thank you so much for letting me know :)
It's 90grams. I've updated now.

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