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Old-Fashioned Poppy Seed Torte Recipe
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Old-Fashioned Poppy Seed Torte Recipe

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I got this recipe from my grandmother; it's an old fashioned recipe, but well worth it. My dad requests this cake every year for his birthday. I make it for church events and charity auctions, too. Everyone loves it! —Brenda Patterson, Pullman, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar blend
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 2-1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 to 2 teaspoons cold brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 261 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 54 mg cholesterol, 288 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.

Directions

  1. Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Coat three 9-in. round baking pans with cooking spray; line with waxed paper and coat the paper. Sprinkle with flour; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar blend until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Beat in applesauce and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Combine 2-1/2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Fold in poppy seeds.
  3. Beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form; fold into batter. Spread into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 12-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. For filling, in a small saucepan, combine sugar and remaining flour. Stir in sour cream until smooth. Bring to a boil. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir in remaining vanilla. Transfer to a bowl; refrigerate until chilled.
  5. Place one cake layer on a serving platter; top with a third of the filling. Repeat layers twice.
  6. Combine the confectioners' sugar, cocoa and enough coffee to achieve a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cake. Sprinkle with nuts. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 16 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Splenda sugar blend.
Originally published as Poppy Seed Torte in Healthy Cooking February/March 2010, p29

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 261 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 54 mg cholesterol, 288 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.

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Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

Poppy Seed Torte

For Cake

1/4 cup Butter, Softened

1-1/2 cup Sugar

1/4 cup Unsweetened Applesauce

1 tsp Vanilla

2-1/2 cups Flour

3 tsps Baking Powder

3/4 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Salt

1-3/4 cup Buttermilk

1/4 cup Poppy Seeds

3 Egg Whites

For Filling

1 cup Sugar

1 tbs All-Purpose Flour

1 cup Reduced Fat Sour Cream

3 Egg Yolks

1/2 tsp Vanilla

Drizzle

1/4 cup Confectioners (Powdered) Sugar

1-1/2 tsps Cocoa

3/2 to 2 tsps Cold-Brewed Coffee

-Heat Oven to 350°F.

-3 Greased, 9 inch Round Cake Pans

For Cake, place egg whites in small bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Coat three 9 inch round baking pans with cooking spray; line with waxed paper and coat the paper. Sprinkle with flour; set aside.

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar blend until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Beat in applesauce and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Combine 2-1/2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Fold in poppy seeds.

Beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form; fold into batter. Spread into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 12-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For filling, in a small saucepan, combine sugar and remaining flour. Stir in sour cream until smooth. Bring to a boil. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir in remaining vanilla. Transfer to a bowl; refrigerate until chilled.

Place one cake layer on a serving platter; top with a third of the filling. Repeat layers twice.

For drizzle, Combine the confectioners' sugar, cocoa and enough coffee to achieve a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cake. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 16 servings.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

bnko77
Flour,divided. Divided how?

According to the recipe - 2 1/2 cups of flour go into the batter, the remain flour is incorporated into the filling. Hope this helps.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

I made this for a 90yr old lady's birthday. It was well received, and loved by all. However, it took me a very long time to make. The recipe was confusing. etc. sugar blend, do not know what that is. Flour,divided. Divided how? I would rate this 5 stars except for this.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

I substituted sugar for the "sugar blend"...which I assume was "Splenda Sugar Blend". According to the package of the Splenda Sugar blend, if you use sugar, you use twice the amount of sugar as the sugar blend. That's what I did (used 1 1/2 cups of sugar) and it turned out great. I love layered "custardy" cakes like this. Just like my Grandma used to make!

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

Two times as much sugar as sugar blend.

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