Almond Poppy Seed Cake

Almond Poppy Seed Cake is an easy 9×13″ cake recipe bursting with almond flavor accented by poppy seeds.

This recipe is a favorite of my husband’s from way back before I knew him.

Apparently, a coworker at a job he had right out of college made this cake and brought it to work.

He has mentioned “that poppy seed cake” over the past few years many, many times. 😂

One day not long ago, when I asked him what sounded good for me to bake for him, he mentioned this cake again.

I said that I’d try to look up a recipe online for Almond Poppy Seed Cake, and he replied, “Oh, I have the recipe,” and promptly produced an old photocopied recipe from years ago. 😂

Okay then, this just got a lot easier. Almond Poppyseed Cake coming right up!

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Almond Poppy Seed Cake

Almond Poppy Seed Cake ingredients

Most of the ingredients needed for this delicious cake are items you likely have in your pantry, although I will admit, it calls for a lot of poppy seeds, so plan accordingly. 🤪

Poppyseeds for Almond Poppy Seed Cake

The 1/3 cup of poppy seeds needs to be soaked in 1 cup of water for about 30 minutes.

Almond Poppy Seed Cake mixing in the stand mixer

Then, they get poured, water and all, into the creamed shortening, sugar, flour, salt, and baking powder mixture.

Stand mixer Almond Poppy Seed Cake

In another mixing bowl, whip the egg whites until fluffy.

Then, gently fold them into the batter. Don’t over mix, because you want the cake to be light and airy.

Adding the whipped egg whites to the batter for Almond Poppy Seed Cake

Pour the batter into a greased 9×13 pan.

And bake at 350 degrees for about 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Almond Poppy Seed Cake can be make in a 9x13" pan, a bundt pan, a sheet pan, or even as Almond Poppy Seed Muffins.
Almond Poppy Seed Cake can be make in a 9x13" pan, a bundt pan, a sheet pan, or even as Almond Poppy Seed Muffins.


After the cake came out of the oven, I looked at it and realized it looked pretty bare. I double-checked the recipe and there was no mention of frosting at all on the photocopy my husband had produced.

He happened to be at work at the time, so I texted him.

“Does this cake have frosting?”

“Yes”, he replied.

“There’s no frosting recipe included on this photocopy you gave me?” I texted back.

“Hmmm…,” he said. ??? 😳

Okay, well, I guess I’m improvising, I thought to myself. 🤣

This frosting is made in the stand mixer with Powdered sugar, almond extract for Almond Poppy Seed Cake

Where I landed was a simple powdered sugar glaze with almond extract, not really having any idea if that would be compatible with his memory of this “legendary” cake. 😬

The Results

When my husband got home, I had a piece waiting for him, anxious to see his reaction.

Almond Poppy Seed Cake served as coffee cake.

My baking endeavor was rewarded, and my frosting gamble paid off, as he raved about how much better it was than he even remembered, and how this thick glaze of frosting was better than the “canned stuff” that he thought might have been on the original version.

Chalking this one up to a win. 😂

Coffee break with Almond Poppy Seed Cake coffee cake

I’m not a huge poppy seed fan myself, but I have to say that I had one for my mid-morning coffee break while working on my blog, and it was pretty darn good.

Almond Poppy Seed Cake
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Almond Poppy Seed Cake

Niky @ The House on Silverado
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert


For the Cake:

  • ¾ cup shortening (like Crisco)
  • cup sugar
  • cup poppy seeds
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 stiff, beaten egg whites

For the Frosting:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2-3 TBSP milk


For the Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9×13 pan or spray with cooking spray.
  • Soak poppy seeds in water for ½ hour.
  • Cream the shortening and sugar until smooth.
  • Blend with flour, salt and baking powder.
  • Add the poppy seeds and the water, mixing into the batter.
  • Beat the egg whites until fluffy, and then fold gently into the batter.
  • Bake at 350°, for approximately 40 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool cake completely before frosting.

For the Frosting:

  • Sift powdered sugar. Stir in almond extract and milk until frosting forms a thick glaze.
  • When cake is cool, poor glaze over top.
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10 thoughts on “Almond Poppy Seed Cake

  1. 5 stars
    My grandmother used to make this cake as well as a Caraway Seed cake that was out of this world with lemon icing.
    And an Almond, Orange & Poppy Seed cake that was so moist & delicious!!
    You’re always most welcome to join me in a cuppa at Tea With Jennifer 🤗

  2. It looks delicious–but there’s no almond in the cake, is there? I think I’d add a teaspoon of almond extract–because isn’t there usually vanilla in a cake? Anyway, it passed the taste test! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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