Hungarian Poppy Seed Coffee Cake

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 5m
Ready In

"A Community Cookbook find that is moist and delicious, makes a great dessert, perfect for coffee hour or brunch. Frost with your favourite icing, drizzle with a lemon glaze, dust with icing sugar or serve it without a topping- either or you will have a coffee cake that is a crowd pleaser."

Original recipe yields 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (122.3 g)
  • Calories 414.3
  • Total Fat - 18.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 10.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 112.4 mg
  • Sodium - 406.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 56.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.2 g
  • Sugars - 34.7 g
  • Protein - 6.4 g
  • Calcium - 108.3 mg
  • Iron - 0.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Soak poppy seed in buttermilk for twenty minutes.

Step 2

Cream butter sugar, add egg yolks, vanilla and beat well

Step 3

In separate bowl add flour, baking soda and baking powder using a whisk to mix

Step 4

Add the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk/poppy mix

Step 5

Beat eggs, fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites

Step 6

In a greased angel food pan (I use a bundt pan) spread batter in layers sprinkling each layer with the sugar/cocoa/cinnamon mix and swirl with a knife. (I use a little less of the sugar/cocoa/cinnamon mix)

Step 7

Bake one hour at 350 degrees or until toothpick come out clean

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Simply wonderful! No poppy seeds so used 1 tablespoon anise seeds in its place. I used the cinnamon/sugar mixture for a totally fabulous cake. Next time I will make sure I have poppy seeds! Thanks for sharing!

review by:
(4 Jan 2017)


This is an awesome coffee cake. Wow! I'm not much of a baker so I always look for "easy" recipes and this was just that. I drizzled a bit of poppy seed frosting over this that I made with milk, icing sugar, vanilla and poppy seed. YUMMY. I will be adding this one to my regular rotation, thanks so much for posting. Made for the Billboard Recipe Tag game.

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(20 Feb 2012)