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Poppy Seed Chiffon Cake

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling


12-16 servings

Updated: Oct. 16, 2022
This cake is quite easy to make and everyone who tries it tells me how good it tastes. The lemon frosting really accents the flavor of the cake.


  • 7 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 can (12-1/2 ounces) poppy seed filling
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons 2% milk


  1. Let egg whites stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks, water, oil, lemon extract, lemon zest and poppy seed filling. Add to dry ingredients; beat until well blended. In another bowl and with clean beaters, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold into egg yolk mixture.
  2. Gently spoon batter into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through the batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake on the lowest rack at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert pan; cool completely. Run a knife around edge and center tube of pan. Invert cake onto a serving plate.
  3. For frosting, beat butter and confectioners' sugar in a large bowl. Add the lemon juice, extract and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Frost cake.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 438 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 237mg sodium, 71g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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