Best Poppy Seed Chiffon Cake Recipe
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Best Poppy Seed Chiffon Cake Recipe

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This attractive cake never seems to fail, and it’s very moist. It’s a great choice for that special birthday celebration. —Marilyn Beck, Medicine Hat, Alberta
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + standing Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + standing Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup poppy seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Edible flowers, optional


  1. In a small bowl, soak poppy seeds in water 1 hour. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325°. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda together twice; place in another large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks, oil, vanilla and poppy seed mixture. Add to flour mixture; beat until well blended.
  3. Add cream of tartar to egg whites; with clean beaters, beat on high speed just until stiff but not dry. Fold a fourth of the whites into batter, then fold in remaining whites.
  4. Gently transfer to an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake on lowest oven rack 50-55 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert pan; cool completely in pan, about 1 hour. Run a knife around sides and center tube of pan. Remove cake to a serving plate.
  5. In a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, milk, butter and vanilla; pour over cake. If desired, top with flowers. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor's Note: Verify that flowers are edible and have not been treated with chemicals.
Originally published as Poppy Seed Chiffon Cake in Country Extra May 2009, p51

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pumpkin1944 User ID: 2552582 173473
Reviewed May. 10, 2010

"This was my first experience ever making a chiffon-type cake and it came out perfect. My hubby didn't want to wait for it to cool completely; so we sampled a slice before I had a chance to make the glaze. It's definitely different and a keeper."

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 158532
Reviewed May. 8, 2010

"Poppy seed chiffon cake turns out beautifully every time we make it. It's a delicious cake and one we make whenever we want a special dessert. It's a keeper and going in my recipe box."

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