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German Poppy Seed Cake

Singer Marni Nixon, who contributed this cake recipe, said her children called it their "bug cake. If this seems just a bit macabre, you must know that our whole family has a 'thing' about spots. We have always had Dalmatian dogs, we all have freckles, and we are all mad about polka-dots!"

Cuisine: German
Courses: Dessert
Serves: 12 people

Recipe Ingredients

1/3 cup 36g / 1.3ozPoppy seeds
3/4 cup 177mlMilk
1 1/2 cups 297g / 10ozSugar
1/2 cup 99g / 3.5ozButter - room temperature
2 cups 125g / 4.4ozFlour - plus more
2 teaspoons 10mlBaking soda
2 teaspoons 10mlVanilla extract
4   Egg whites
  Shortening - for greasing
4   Egg yolks
1/2 cup 99g / 3.5ozSugar
1 teaspoon 5mlCornstarch
1 cup 237mlMilk
1 teaspoon 5mlMaple extract
1/2 cup 73g / 2.6ozChopped nuts

Recipe Instructions

For the Cake: Soak poppy seeds in milk 2 hours.

Cream sugar and butter at medium speed, 2 minutes. Sift together flour and baking soda. Add to sugar mixture alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Mix well. Add vanilla.

Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry, 2 to 3 minutes. Fold into batter.

Divide batter between 2 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees until toothpick inserted in center of cakes comes out clean, 25 minutes.

Cool in pans on racks, then turn out onto rack.

For Assembly: Whisk together egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch and milk in saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat, then simmer, whisking frequently, until filling has consistency of light custard, 2 to 4 minutes. Cool to room temperature (filling will set up more as it cools), then stir in maple extract.

Spread 1/2 filling across 1 cake, then sprinkle with 1/2 chopped nuts. Place second cake on top, then top with remaining filling and nuts. Cut into slices and serve.

This recipe yields 12 servings.

Each serving: 374 calories; 188 mg sodium; 115 mg cholesterol; 15 grams fat; 54 grams carbohydrates; 7 grams protein; 0.35 gram fiber.

The Los Angeles Times, 03-01-2000


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