Poppy seed cake with roasted vanilla and rosemary oranges

Poppy seed cake with roasted vanilla and rosemary oranges



  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup poppy seeds
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 orange (zested, juiced)
  • 2 1/2 cup self-raising flour

Vanilla roasted citrus

  • 2 orange (segmented)
  • 2 mandarin (segmented)
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary


Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced) and grease a 26cm cake tin.

Combine the buttermilk and poppy seeds in a bowl and set aside while you make the cake batter.

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold in the zest, juice and poppy seed buttermilk. Fold through the flour and spoon the mixture into pre-prepared cake tin and bake for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, to make the vanilla roasted citrus, place all ingredients except for the rosemary in a bowl. Mix well so everything is really well combined. Lay out two pieces of baking paper on top of each other and place the citrus in a little pile in the very middle. Wrap up like a little present and tie together with kitchen string. Place on a baking tray and add to the oven for the cake’s last 15 minutes of baking.

Once the cake is cooked, let cool on a wire rack and then place on a serving platter or plate. Remove the citrus from the oven, unwrap and then tip it straight over the cake. Serve with ice cream or cream.

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  • This little package would be beautiful for breakfast with granola or as a topping for a vanilla panna cotta.
  • This recipe was created by Sophie Hansen for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder.

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