• Serves 12
  • Makes 12
  • 1.25 hours
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 10 Ingredients
April 14, 2020


Orange Poppy Seed cake is one of those cakes that is popular with everyone!

No matter what the occassion, an Orange Poppy Seed Cake is always perfect.  Serve it hot and fresh out of the oven with nothing more than a sprinkle of icing sugar.  Or make a citrus drizzle by combining a little icing sugar with a little orange juice.

You could even use this Orange Poppy Seed Cake recipe for a fully iced cake. Forget the traditional Wedding Cake and switch it out for this Orange Poppy Seed Cake.  It’s dense enough to hold the royal icing and stays fresh for days.

If you find you still have a slice or two left after a few days but it’s not as fresh as first baked, pop a slice in the toaster and top with a little butter.  Just as good as any cafe style banana bread!

What’s so good about this recipe?

We love that this Orange Poppy Seed Cake recipe uses plenty of fresh orange juice. We also love that this recipe calls for Grapeseed Oil (rather than butter) so there’s no messing about with creaming or melting butter.

This recipe is also quick to make and easy to memorise.  It’s also a recipe that’s very easy for the kids to make (just remember to supervise the little ones when it comes to putting the cake in and out of the oven.

Don’t like Orange and Poppy Seeds?

If you’re not a fan of poppy seeds, this Orange Poppy Seed Cake recipe will work just as well without them.  Just leave everything as is and delete the poppy seeds.

If you don’t have any oranges, you could switch them out for lemon or lime juice.  You might just want to slightly increase the sugar to compensate for the tartness.

Should I really be eating Poppy Seeds?

If you’re thinking to yourself, “Hang on aren’t poppy seeds used to make drugs?” that’s a fair enough assumption.  Poppy Seeds have long been associated with opium, heroine, morphine and even codeine. However these drugs aren’t actually made from poppy seeds, but rather the sap from the poppy plant.

According to an article in the Huffington Post, eating a slice of Orange and Poppy Seed cake won’t get you high.  You also won’t feel any kind of buzz from eating poppy seeds.

“The seeds do not “have a drug effect on humans that are eating typical amounts of poppy seeds,” Christopher S. Baird, assistant professor of physics at West Texas A&M University, told HuffPost.

Sure, the poppy seeds you buy at the store contain between 0.5 to 10 micrograms of morphine per gram, but a dose of medically-prescribed morphine contains anywhere between 5,000 to 30,000 micrograms. So to get that same dose from the seeds you eat, you’d have to potentially eat a ridiculous amount of them.”

So that’s good news then.  We’re OK to go on enjoying a few poppy seeds on our bagels and in this Orange Poppy Seed Cake.  Perhaps just not a whole cake every day!

Let us know what you think of this recipe once you’ve tried it.  We’d love to know how your Orange Poppy Seed Cake turned out!


Ingredients (serves 12 | makes 12 Slices)

  • 180ml Bertolli Light in Taste Olive Oil
  • 200g Caster Sugar
  • 70g Cornflour
  • 260g Plain Flour (or use SR Flour and delete Baking Powder)
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 cup Poppy Seeds
  • 2 large Oranges (Zest and Juice)
  • 4 Eggs
  • 170ml Full Cream Milk
  • Icing Sugar (for dusting)


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius. Grease a loaf tin and line with baking paper for easy removal of cake.
  2. Place all ingredients (except the icing sugar) into a large food processor and whizz for 2 minutes until well combined.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and place into the oven on the middle rack.
  4. Bake for 25 - 35 minutes. You are aiming for a golden colour and for a wooden skewer to come out clean when inserted in the centre of the cake.
  5. Allow the cake to cool for at least 15 minutes in the tin before transferring to a serving plate. Your cake will still be a little fluffy when warm so if you are after a dense cake that slices easily, allow to cool completely.
  6. Dust with icing sugar to serve. Or you can make a citrus drizzle by combining 1/2 cup orange juice with 1/2 cup icing sugar. Or an orange syrup by boiling 1/2 cup orange juice with 1/2 cup caster sugar until the mixture reduces to a syrupy texture.

Bertolli Light In Taste Olive Oil for Bertolli Recipe IntegrationWe used Bertolli Light in Taste Olive Oil in this recipe and couldn't be happier with the way the subtle olive flavour added to the result.  Bertolli is the world’s no. 1 olive oil brand. Bertolli Light in Taste is pure olive oil that has a mild flavour that’s still full of character. It’s especially good when you want your olive oil to play a supporting role or when cooking with lighter flavours. You can use it anywhere you would use vegetable oil. It’s particularly good to use when baking, you get wonderfully moist cakes and it’s so easy to use. Bertolli olive oil contains just crushed olives, nothing else.  Bertolli Light in Taste Olive Oil is available at Woolworths and selected IGA stores nationally.
  • All of the above thanks, with my cuppa, in my lunchbox and for my children


  • I won’t be able to make this because of the oranges but will certainly share it with friends.


  • This is really tasty treat everyone will love.


  • Your cake looks absolutely delicious! Thanks!


  • Looks lovely, thank you for sharing.


  • I love a good, quick cake recipe, perfect for morning tea!


  • I do love a poppyseed cake or muffin and this recipe seems so easy to make.


  • Orange poppyseed cake is lovely ! I make mine dairy and gluten-free and without sugar


  • This looks rich and delicious! Tasty!


  • I love the facts in this recipe. I can’t wait to give it ago.


  • Love the flavour combination. I like the addition of olive oil


  • Thanks for sharing this recipe


  • Great use of oranges in citrus season. Travels well to work and lunch boxes for a home made treat.


  • It looks like a cake I used to love when I was a kid. It brings out memories ❤️ I’ll have to give it a go.


  • Orange poppy seed muffins I have had but not a cake, this recipe will be going in my cookbook so that I can make this in the near future.to see if it comes out the same as a muffin.


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