Mutti's Poppy Seed Cake Recipe

My Mutti's German Poppy Seed Cake recipe (Mohnkuchen) is so WUNERBAR!. Even though it uses yeast, it's simple to make. It's among my favorite holiday baking recipes, especially since I just love poppy seed in any type of cake!

Delicious and, oh, so traditionally German. For example, if you're fortunate to be celebrating Christmas in Germany, you'll find this treat on the dessert table, sitting right along side the Stollen and Lebkuchen.

Check below for the warning I give whenever making crumb cake recipes. It applies to this one as well!

Mutti's Poppy Seed Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

Yeast Dough:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk, warmed (NOT HOT)
  • 1 1/2 pkgs active dry yeast
  • 2 1/3 cups flour, all-purpose
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 eggs

Poppyseed Filling:

  • 1/3 cup Wheatlets (Cream of Wheat)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup poppy seeds, ground
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla or almond flavoring
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp butter

Crumb Topping:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour, all-purpose
  • 2 tbsp milk

Instructions:

Yeast Dough:

  • Stir a pinch of sugar into warm milk. Sprinkle yeast on top. Let sit 5 minutes or until surface is frothy.
  • Into mixing bowl, add flour, sugar and salt and stir.
  • Stir yeast. Lightly beat cooled butter and egg into yeast mixture.
  • Pour yeast mixture into flour, beating to make a dough.
  • On a floured surface, knead dough lightly. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
  • Grease 9 X 13 inch cake pan or use a large springform pan.

Poppy Seed Filling:

  • While waiting for dough to rise, make the filling and topping.
  • Follow package instructions and make cereal with wheatlets and water. Let cool slightly.
  • Add poppy seed, flavoring, butter, and sugar. Mix well. Add eggs. Mix well.
  • Let cool.

Crumb Topping:

  • Mix ingredients to a crumbly texture.

Finish Cake:

  • Knead risen dough lightly and roll out to fit cake pan. Pierce dough all over with fork.
  • Pour poppyseed filling over cake.
  • Gently crumble topping evenly over filling.
  • Let rise in a warm place 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • Bake 25 - 30 minutes - or until top is a rich golden brown.
  • Cool and serve.

You may not think that yeast recipes can be quick. This one is though. It only uses one main 'rising' and during that time you make the filling.

Poppyseed Cake

If you are blessed to live close to a German Deli, you can buy prepared poppy seed filling and use that instead.

However, making your own filling for this poppy seed cake recipe is cheaper.

A warning I give when making any of the crumb cake recipes (cakes with a crumb or "streusel" topping): the crumbs taste great even before baking. Keep the kids away -- they'll eat it up before you can use it!

I know this looks like a long and complicated recipe. It's not! Just take it step-by-step and you'll soon be enjoying this poppyseed cake. It's so similar to other crumb cake recipes, it'll be a breeze to make them as well.

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