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Mutti's Poppy Seed Cake Recipe ❤️

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

Oma's German Poppy Seed Cake

My Mutti's German Poppy Seed Cake recipe, aka Mohnkuchen, is so WUNDERBAR! 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 Poppy Seed Cake on the dessert table, sitting right alongside the Stollen and Lebkuchen.

Even though it uses yeast, it's simple to make. 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.

My Streusel (Crumb) Warning!

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 (and hubby) away from the streusel -- they'll eat it up before you can use it!

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, and tastes better, I think.

When it's time for Christmas, baking is at the forefront of preparations. Here's my collection of favorites in my Christmas Baking e-Cookbook written in English: 

Sharing traditional German Christmas baking, made using easily available ingredients, ... that's such a delicious way to pass on our heritage anytime of the year.

Oma says,

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.

Ready to make this poppyseed cake?

Mutti's Poppy Seed Cake Recipe

My Mutti's German Poppy Seed Cake recipe, aka Mohnkuchen, is so WUNDERBAR! It's among my favorite holiday baking recipes, especially since I just love poppy seed in any type of cake! 

Prep Time

30 minutes

Bake Time

30 minutes

Total Time

60 minutes + rise time

Ingredients:

Yeast Dough:

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup milk, lukewarm
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2⅓ cups flour, all-purpose
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 eggs

Poppyseed Filling:

  • ⅓ cup Wheatlets (Cream of Wheat)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup poppy seeds, ground
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla or almond flavoring
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp butter

Crumb Topping:

  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups flour, all-purpose

Instructions:

Yeast Dough:

  1. Stir 1 teaspoon of sugar into warm milk. Sprinkle yeast on top. Let sit 5 minutes or until surface is frothy. If it doesn't get frothy, don't continue with the recipe. Get new yeast with an expiry date far into the future.
  2. Into a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar and salt.
  3. Stir yeast. Lightly beat cooled butter and egg into yeast mixture.
  4. Pour yeast mixture into flour, mixing to make a dough.
  5. On a floured surface, knead dough lightly for about 5 minutes. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

Poppy Seed Filling:

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

Crumb Topping:

  1. Mix ingredients to a crumbly texture.

Finish Cake:

  1. Grease 9" x 13" cake pan or use a large springform pan.
  2. Knead risen dough lightly and roll out to fit cake pan. Pierce dough all over with fork.
  3. Pour poppyseed filling over cake.
  4. Gently crumble topping evenly over filling.
  5. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  6. Let rise in a warm place 15 minutes.
  7. Bake 25 - 30 minutes - or until top is a rich golden brown.
  8. Cool and serve.

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My Mutti's Poppy Seed Cake recipe is so wunderbar! Even though it uses yeast, it's simple to make. Delicious and, oh, so traditional. You'll have to give this one a try!


Ingredients: poppy seeds, flour, sugar, yeast,

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