Claudia is finally back from her 3-week vacation in the country. Just in time for her birthday. Last week, I posted my absolute favourite birthday cake that Claudia makes for me every year. With Claudia’s return and birthday looming, we figured it would be fitting to post HER favourite birthday cake.

Because I pride myself on being a good daughter, I asked Claudia upon her return from vacation last week what kind of cake she would like for her birthday. Not even a split second went by before she blurted out excitedly “Poppy Seed Chiffon Cake!”  Looks like Claudia prepared herself for this question and contemplated it quite heavily on the 5-hour drive back to the city!

Up until last week I had no idea what this cake was, let alone how to make it. So Claudia showed me her favourite recipe (a combination of two recipes – one consisting of a recipe card with ingredients written via typewriter and the other out of an old classic cookbook for the assembly and baking instructions). She wasn’t kidding around. A few days went by and I received a phone call from Claudia, insisting that she help me with her birthday cake. Yes folks, she wanted to make her own birthday cake.  Mother-daughter baking trust issues? Perhaps. Perfect opportunity for a blog post? Absolutely.

Sift together your flour, baking powder, salt, and 1 cup of sugar.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.

Separate your eggs and add all 7 yolks to the well, along with the vanilla and vegetable oil.

Looks almost alien, doesn’t it?

Beat for a few seconds until yolks are…well…beaten.

Add poppy seeds and water mixture to well and beat, slowly incorporating the dry ingredients around the well.

Lookin’ good!

In a separate large bowl, beat your egg whites, 1/2 cup sugar, baking soda and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form (approximately 3-5 minutes)

Those are some stiff peaks!

Pour poppy seed batter in with whipped egg whites and fold gently.

Very heavenly. And it’s not even baked yet.

Pour your fluffy batter into a non-greased 10-inch two-piece tube pan.

The two-piece pan is essential when dealing with this cake since you do not grease the pan with any butter (surprise, surprise -a first for us!).

Cut vertical sections of the batter. Not entirely sure why we do this, but Claudia insisted we do. I don’t argue with the woman. After all, she IS baking her own birthday cake!

Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cake.

Viola!

Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Cut around the edges and remove from pan.

Cool completely on wire rack.

While cooling, this is a perfect opportunity to make your icing! This is by far the simplest icing to make.

 

 

Combine all three ingredients in a bowl.

Whip for 3 – 5 minutes until icing is a thick consistency.

Now, ice your cake!

Happy Birthday Claudia!

Moist, fluffy and delicious.

A little slice of heaven.

Poppy Seed Chiffon Cake
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
For the cake
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 3 tsp baking powder
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 1.5 cups sugar
  5. 1 tsp baking soda
  6. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  7. 1 tsp vanilla
  8. 1 tsp cream of tartar
  9. 7 eggs at room temperature (separated into yolks and whites)
  10. 1/2 cup poppy seeds which have been soaked in 1 cup water for 2 hours
For the icing
  1. 1 package of Dream Whip
  2. 1 package of instant vanilla pudding
  3. 1.5 cups of 2% milk
Instructions
  1. Sift together your flour, baking powder, salt, and 1 cup of sugar.
  2. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  3. Separate your eggs and add all 7 yolks to the well, along with the vanilla and vegetable oil.
  4. Beat for a few seconds until yolks are combined.
  5. Add poppy seeds and water mixture to well and beat, slowly incorporating the dry ingredients around the well.
  6. In a separate large bowl, beat your egg whites, 1/2 cup sugar, baking soda and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form (approximately 3-5 minutes)
  7. Pour poppy seed batter in with whipped egg whites and fold gently.
  8. Pour your fluffy batter into a non-greased 10-inch two-piece tube pan.The two-piece pan is essential when dealing with this cake since you do not grease the pan with any butter.
  9. Cut vertical sections of the batter.
  10. Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cake.
  11. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Cut around the edges and remove from pan.
  12. Cool completely on wire rack. While cooling, this is a perfect opportunity to make your icing!
  13. Combine all three ingredients in a bowl.
  14. Whip for 3 – 5 minutes until icing is a thick consistency.
  15. Now, ice your cake!
  16. Enjoy!
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14 Comments on Poppy Seed Chiffon Cake

  1. JamieLou
    September 20, 2010 at 11:17 AM (7 years ago)

    I LOVE CLAUDIA!!!and EVERYTHING she makes!! Can’t wait to try this one out…maybe accompanied by the curryflower soup!! mmmmmmmmmmm….autmn is loverly

    Reply
  2. Michelle
    August 25, 2011 at 8:55 AM (6 years ago)

    I started to use this recipe but changed my mind when I saw 3 tbsp of baking powder seemed an awfull lot realized later must of meant 3 tsp.

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    • Claudia's Cookbook
      August 28, 2011 at 4:47 PM (6 years ago)

      Thanks for your keen eye Michelle! You are correct, it should definitely be 3 tsp and NOT tbsp! We have corrected the recipe. I hope you make it – it’s delicious!

      Reply
  3. Elizabeth
    March 24, 2012 at 11:02 PM (6 years ago)

    As my aunt and I were baking, we noticed it said to first, “Sift together your sugar, flour, baking powder and salt”. After following the rest of the steps, we came along to the egg whites where it said, “In a separate large bowl, beat your egg whites, sugar, baking soda and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form (approximately 3-5 minutes)”.
    Since we had already used the sugar called for, we were confused on why it was asking for sugar again. I think perhaps the sugar wasn’t suppose to be included in the first instruction. Any reasons why it says this?

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    • Claudia's Cookbook
      March 25, 2012 at 9:52 PM (6 years ago)

      Hi Elizabeth. Sorry for any confusion. I realized I forgot to add in the ingredients list that you need another 1/2 cup for when you beat the egg whites, baking soda and cream of tartar. Therefore, you need 1 cup sugar sifted with the flour, baking power and salt at the beginning of the recipe, and another 1/2 cup for your egg whites. I will correct this immediately. Thank you very much for bringing this to my attention!

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  4. Carol
    February 24, 2015 at 4:25 PM (3 years ago)

    I come from a small town in Alberta. One of my favourite childhood food memories was my mother’s poppy seed chiffon cake. It always seemed like a mystery on how anybody could create anything as delicious as this cake.
    I am an adult now(or I try to be one) and Mom is gone and I never did get that recipe from her. I have tried many recipes and have all but given up on ever trying to master this cake. This recipe has changed all that. With the wonderful direction and perfect integration of the ingredients I have created what can only be called a masterpiece.
    I did not have the whipped topping or instant pudding so I made a seven minute frosting and I am so very happy with it all.Thanks so much for this fantastic recipe.

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    • Claudia's Cookbook
      February 24, 2015 at 4:46 PM (3 years ago)

      Hi Carol! Wow, thank you so much for sharing and for your lovely comments! We are so happy you love the recipe and that it brings back wonderful memories

      Reply
  5. Glenda
    April 2, 2015 at 8:15 AM (3 years ago)

    I would love to have your cook book.! I live in Saskatoon .also I am looking for a white cake recipe

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    • Claudia's Cookbook
      April 2, 2015 at 4:28 PM (3 years ago)

      Hi Glenda, we actually don’t have a cookbook. All our recipes are on the blog 🙂

      Reply
  6. Marlene
    April 22, 2015 at 8:23 PM (3 years ago)

    perfect results thank you thank you I would use 1/2 cup less sugar

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  7. Terry
    July 14, 2016 at 9:34 PM (1 year ago)

    Thank you so much for the recipe. I always make my husband a poppyseed birthday cake but we’ve just moved after 15 years in the same house and I can’t find my old standby recipe that was given to me by my Baba anywhere. Now I’ve bookmarked this one as it’s as close as can be to hers and it’s baking in the oven (and making the new house smell delicious!) as I write this. Thanks again.

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  8. Randall
    July 31, 2016 at 4:48 PM (1 year ago)

    I do not see a print option on your website. This would make it easier to print a working copy.

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    • Claudia's Cookbook
      August 8, 2016 at 12:19 PM (1 year ago)

      Hi Randall – We are currently updating all our recipes to have print links. I’ve updated this one so you should be able to print now. Thanks for your patience!

      Reply

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