Orange & Poppy Seed Cake

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  • Melted butter, to grease
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) fresh orange juice
  • 130g (1/2 cup) Greek-style natural yoghurt
  • 60g (1/4 cup) poppy seeds
  • 250g butter, at room temperature, chopped
  • 270g (1 1/4 cups) caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated orange rind
  • 4 eggs
  • 340g (2 1/4 cups) plain flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 orange
  • 150g (1 cup) pure icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice, extra


  1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Brush a 25cm (top measurement) pan with melted butter to lightly grease. Combine the orange juice, yoghurt and poppy seeds in a small bowl.
  2. Use an electric beater to beat the butter, caster sugar and orange rind in a large bowl until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition until just combined.
  3. Sift the flour and baking powder over the egg mixture. Add the yoghurt mixture and use a large metal spoon to fold until just combined. Spoon mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the surface. Bake in oven for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly. Turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Use a zester to remove the rind from the orange. (Alternatively, use a vegetable peeler to peel rind from the orange. Use a small sharp knife to remove white pith from the rind. Cut rind into thin strips.) Combine the icing sugar and extra orange juice in a bowl until smooth. Pour over the cake and sprinkle with the orange rind. Set aside for 20 minutes or until the icing is set.