Orange Almond Poppy Seed Cake – light and fluffy poppy seed cake layers, infused with orange and almond flavoring, topped with almond buttercream and orange curd.
Orange Almond Poppy Seed Cake
After all the chocolate around here the last few weeks, it’s time for something with fruity! My new Orange Almond Poppy Seed Cake is made up of the most delicious light and fluffy poppy seed cake layers, infused with orange and almond flavoring, and then stacked with almond buttercream and orange curd.
Poppy Seed Cake
The poppy seed cake layers are tender and fluffy, just what you’ll want going into the summer months. To achieve the perfect texture in these layers, make sure you’re using room temperature ingredients. You’ll also want to beat your butter, sugar and egg whites for about 3 to 5 minutes on medium-high speed to create some air and volume in the cake layers. The color of the batter should be really light and you’ll notice at the end of this, the volume has almost doubled! Also note, the layers are only about one and a quarter inch thick. If you want extra thick cake layers, you can double the recipe.
The orange curd is nearly identical to my other curds. The only difference is that I don’t use as much sugar in this recipe. Oranges aren’t as tart as lemons and limes, so we don’t need to sweeten it as much.
This almond buttercream is utterly delicious, especially paired with the orange curd. The flavor kind of reminds me of my Creamsicle Cake, except with a hint of almond. I think you’ll need to make both so you can compare! I’d love to know what you think.
And don’t forget to follow my steps for Making the Best Buttercream!
Ingredients You’ll Need for This Cake
- Almond extract
- Cake flour
- Almond extract
- Baking powder
- Heavy whipping cream
- Orange food coloring (optional for buttercream)
- Poppy seeds
- Granulated sugar
- Powdered sugar
- Sour cream
How to Stack and Decorate a Cake
CAKE MAKING TIPS
Don’t forget to follow my go-to tips for getting your cakes to rise and bake well:
- Preheat your oven for 30 minutes prior to baking.
- Use good quality pans like Fat Daddio.
- Spray your pans with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper.
- Don’t overmix your cake batter once you add the dry ingredients.
- Use room temperature wet ingredients.
- Use fresh baking powder.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs on it
Best Summer Cakes
Looking for more summer cake inspiration? Here are some of my favorite summer inspired cakes:
- Lemon Blueberry Cake
- Strawberry Lemonade Cake
- Creamsicle Cake
- S’mores Cake
- Lemon Poppy Seed Cake
- Peach Crisp Cake