Oct 22, 2008

Citrus poppy seed syrup cake

All of a sudden there was a vacuum after our families visiting us from India left. It was so depressing to enter the house that was once filled with constant noise and cheers of the kids running and haggling over the toys. At times it was so difficult to deal with both of them (my son and his cousin) that the toys were kept outside the apartment until they both agreed to share. This sounds a little weird but now I can imagine the Herculean task of a teacher handling kids with patience. It truly is the noblest job in the world.

Well kids will be kids and are god’s special creation. I asked my son if he misses his cousin and he said he was so sad and he really loved her and misses her in spite of both of them constantly fighting and snatching at the same toy for 15 days. How cute and sweet was his thought. We adults always have bitter memories and reservation if things like this were to happen to us.

I was so busy but it was fun entertaining them with food and my kitchen experiments and they just loved to be my guinea pigs. Although I couldn’t go beyond the normal day to day cooking but couple of times I managed to churn out something different. While everybody was out on a day trip I was happy to be tucked in the kitchen and this is what I made for the dessert. This is one of my favorite desserts and I am forever in love with cakes and cookies flavored with citrus. On a fleeting glimpse from my dear journal I found this enticing cake recipe.

1 cup plain flour
½ cup sugar
50 grams butter
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoon black poppy seeds
2 eggs
2 tablespoon mixed citrus juice
1 tablespoon grated lemon and orange rind
2 tablespoon milk or more
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Ingredients for Syrup
½ cup sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
¼ cup lemon juice
1teaspoon orange rind
1 teaspoon lemon rind


Add Cream butter and sugar and add eggs one at a time. Mix in vanilla essence. Shift flour, baking powder. Fold into the above batter and add poppy seeds, juice, rind and milk.

Preheat the oven at 180’c and pour the batter in a greased loaf tin or a muffin pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until the skewers comes our clean.

Meanwhile prepare the syrup. Combine sugar and juices in a small sauce pan. Bring to boil and keep stirring till the sugar is melted, Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes and add the rinds.

Pierce the cake in several places and drizzle half the syrup and let it cool down. Pour the remaining syrup and serve warm or cold with fruits.

Note - If the batter is too thick add more milk.


Arundathi said...

that looks seriously fantastic! :-)

Uma said...

that's the great point about kids. even if they fight they still miss each other! I know how it feels when someone visits and leaves after some days. Happened to me many times.

Citrus cakes looks fabulous Shibani! Lovely!

sowmya said...

SUPERB CAKE..I always look forward for your cakes..they are always special..

SweetBites said...

u must hve really enjoyed to cook/bake for ur visiting relatives. i luv the taste of citrus fruits & this cake is a real winner.thanx 4 sharing the recipe.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow looks gr8. Never tried syrupy cake before. Vibrant and awesome color.

Happy cook said...

Wow delicious. I would love to have them with a cup of tea

Usha said...

I know when someone visits and leaves the house really feels completely empty...the citrus poppy seed cake looks absolutely awesome:)

Cham said...

That is why they say, kids are like God, they just forgot instantly :) And keep only good memories :)
The citrus u re squezing is it orange? with green skin? The pic is always spectacular, The cake is just inviting :)

Divya Vikram said...

Your pictures taken in China look gorgeous...And this citrus cake looks just too tempting..

anudivya said...

Lovely pics and that is a pretty mould for the cake.

Jennifer Cote said...

The poppy seed picture is inspiring! Makes me hungry : )

delhibelle said...

citrus & poppy is such a fresh and tempting combo, and hey I just noticed your new profile pic..nice:)

Tartelette said...

Looks and sounds delicious! Love how bright and cheerful it is!Thanks for stopping by!

Ivy said...

Wow, the cake looks delicious.

ANJALI J. said...

Nice pic.. cake looks so good. i bet it tastes good too.

Cilantro said...

Kids are amazing, they just surprise us everytime.
Delicious cake. Loved the pics of China.

anudivya said...

New profile pic! You look pretty!

Zesty Cook said...

Glad I bumped into your blog... thanks for adding me on food buzz.... this cake looks delicious.. great pictures. I will become a regular reader for sure:)


Kevin said...

That cake looks good! I like that citrus with he orange inside and the green outside.

Passionate About Baking said...

Great flavours, stunning cake. It's beautiful!

Rachel said...

pretty picture makes the cake look enticing!!!

meeso said...

I would absolutely love this cake, and that is a beautiful picture you took :)

Bombay-Bruxelles said...

Thanks for dropping by!

This cake sounds so good that I'm going to make your recipe soon...