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Recipe: Sour Cream Poppy Seed Cake

Published: June 20, 2009

Poppy Seed Cake made with Pop’s health in mind, here’s a waist-friendly and delicious way to celebrate summer.

Sour Cream Poppy Seed Cake

Sour Cream Poppy Seed Cake

Sour Cream Poppy Seed Cake

(Makes 8-10 servings)

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup poppy seeds
  • 1 cup honey
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces sour cream or yogurt
  • 4 egg whites


  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 10-inch tube pan (angel food cake pan) and dust with flour.
In large mixing bowl cream butter or margarine with poppy seeds.
Beat in honey, egg yolks, and vanilla extract*.
In another bowl stir together flour, baking soda, and salt.
Add dry ingredients to mixing bowl, half at a time, beating well after each addition.
Stir in sour cream or yogurt.
Beat egg whites until they stand in peaks; then fold gently into butter.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 1 hour.
Invert pan on rack and let stand 5 minutes. Run spatula around edge to loosen and remove cake from pan. Cool thoroughly.
To make frosting: Soften cream cheese. Whip until fluffy, then add milk and maple syrup and beat until smooth.

*Note: For a citrus kick, try adding 1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract (along with vanilla extract) and 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest.

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