Sunday, July 19, 2009

SMS - Whole Orange Poppy Seed Cake

This week's SMS recipe, Whole Orange Poppy Seed Cake, was chosen by Melissa of Lulu the Baker. I love citrus and I love lemon poppy seed cake. The whole orange version certainly added an interesting twist to an old favorite, so I was intrigued. Thanks Melissa, for choosing such a fun recipe :o)


To give this cake a decorative edge, I decided to bake it in my silicone Bundt pan instead of a loaf pan. And since I like poppy seeds, I decided to double the amount, and use 2 Tbsp. I baked it last night but didn't taste it until today. The orange flavor, which I love, came through very well. The crunch of the extra poppy seed was also welcomed. Unfortunately, I wasn't too fond of the texture. Although it was moist, it was too dense for my taste. Despite this little hiccup, I still had fun making the cake. Using a whole orange was a fun experiment. If you would like to try this recipe for yourself, please find the recipe here.


Final thoughts:
  • Hubby and I liked it. The orange flavor was great. However, we weren't too crazy about the dense texture. Hubby's rating: 6.5 out of 10.
  • For extra crunch, I doubled the amount of poppy seeds to 2 Tbsp.
  • Bake the cake in a Bundt pan instead of a loaf pan to make it look pretty.
  • Check out the SMS blogroll to see how other SMS bakers liked this cake.

16 comments:

  1. This is too cute. I really like the design of your bundt pan!

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  2. I love your bundt pan. Did you find the texture to be a little grainy? Regardless, I still enjoyed the ease of this recipe & I plan on making it again. Enjoy your week.

    Raeann

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  3. Your cake looks pretty, that really is a great bundt pan! Sorry it wasn't a huge hit for you. I subbed in yogurt for some of the butter and thought the texture was nice.

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  4. I love the bundt pan! I was going to use mine but I decided against it at the last minute. I wish I went ahead with it now :)

    Katie xox

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  5. (totally offtopic but)
    Thanks for your input on the creme caramel... and i'd love ATK's recipe. Please email me at zx6karen@gmail.com. Thanks a bunch!

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  6. I would have so made it in my bundt pan if I would have saw this first! What a great idea. I would call it CAKE then. In the bread pan it just looks like sweet bread!Im glad you liked it. I thought it was moist the first few days then it wen to that dense texture like you described!

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  7. Your bundt cake turned out so pretty! Such a nice golden color... I'll have to try the Pam with flour next time. I tend not to use cooking spray because I find it can be hard to get off the pan once baked on.

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  8. Your cake is beautiful! Love the shape of the bundt! :)

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  9. It looks so lovely n a bundt pant! Great job!

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  10. Hi hun!

    Your cake looks beautiful- I love that you used a bundt pan (and too funny, I have the same exact one!) Did you double the recipe to have enough batter? I'm sorry it wasn't a home run in the taste department for you... I wonder if there's any way to lighten up the texture?

    Can't wait to talk to you soon... I definitely have to catch up with you via email. Hope you're having a good Tuesday :)

    -Joy

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  11. I wondered if this cake would work in a bundt pan. Yours looks beautiful! Sorry the texture wasn't your favorite. Thanks for baking with me this week!

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  12. Hanaa, the cake had very orangy flavor, it was moist and had beautiful color. I am so glad I work with you. Thanks for bringing it in.

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  13. Your cake is gorgeous! Bundt cakes are so pretty. I agree about the orange flavor - I thought it was terrific. My house smelled so fantastic as this baked :)

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  14. What a gorgeous cake, nicely done.

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