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Orange Almond Poppy Seed Tea Cake

Orange Almond Poppy Seed Tea Cake

  • Author: Laura Kasavan
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf, 12 slices
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Orange almond poppy seed tea cake makes the most delicious loaf cake! Flavored with almond and orange, this fragrant loaf cake is topped with orange glaze.



  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp orange zest
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 ounces almond paste, cubed
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 3/4 tsp pure almond extract
  • 1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature


  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and poppy seeds in a medium bowl.
  2. Place sugar and orange zest in a food processor and pulse for 1 minute. Beat butter, almond paste, and orange-sugar in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy; beat in egg and almond extract. Combine yogurt and buttermilk in a small bowl. Reduce speed to low and add half of flour mixture, beating just to combine. Add yogurt mixture, then finish with remaining flour mixture.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan; smooth top with an offset spatula and tap sharply to reduce air bubbles.
  4. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, until cake springs back to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs attached. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes; carefully remove cake from pan and cool completely.
  5. For the glaze, whisk together melted butter, salt, orange zest, juice, and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle glaze over cake and and let set before serving.

Keywords: Almond, Almond Paste, Orange, Poppy Seed, Loaf Cake