Orange Almond Poppy Seed Cake


May 13

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 - light and fluffy poppy seed cake layers, infused with orange and almond flavoring, topped with almond buttercream and orange curd. #cakebycourtney #almondcake #almondpoppyseedcake #orangealmondpoppyseedcake #orangecurd #almondbuttercream #summercake #summerdessertrecipe #summerdessert #poppyseedcake #lightandfluffycake #cakedesign #cakerecipes #cakesforgirlsbirthday #cakeaesthetic #cakeideas #cakedecorating
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. #cakebycourtney #almondcake #almondpoppyseedcake #orangealmondpoppyseedcake #orangecurd #almondbuttercream #summercake #summerdessertrecipe #summerdessert #poppyseedcake #lightandfluffycake #cakedesign #cakerecipes #cakesforgirlsbirthday #cakeaesthetic #cakeideas #cakedecorating

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.

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Orange Curd

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.

Almond Buttercream

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!

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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. #cakebycourtney #almondcake #almondpoppyseedcake #orangealmondpoppyseedcake #orangecurd #almondbuttercream #summercake #summerdessertrecipe #summerdessert #poppyseedcake #lightandfluffycake #cakedesign #cakerecipes #cakesforgirlsbirthday #cakeaesthetic #cakeideas #cakedecorating

Ingredients You’ll Need for This Cake

  • Almond extract
  • Oranges
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Buttermilk
  • Cake flour
  • Almond extract
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Orange food coloring (optional for buttercream)
  • Poppy seeds
  • Granulated sugar
  • Powdered sugar
  • Sour cream

How to Stack and Decorate a Cake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWSaeD5uoe4&list=UU-hsfLZfWx7oVvSJ7-WqHKQ&index=1

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
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Best Summer Cakes

Looking for more summer cake inspiration? Here are some of my favorite summer inspired cakes:

 

Orange Almond Poppy Seed Cake

Orange almond poppy seed cake layers with orange curd and almond buttercream.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake
Keyword Almond Buttercream, Almond Cake, Orange Almond Poppy Seed Cake, Orange Curd, Poppy Seed Cake
Servings 20
Author Courtney Rich

Ingredients

FOR THE ORANGE ALMOND POPPY SEED CAKE

  • 1 cup (226 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups (350 g) granulated sugar
  • Zest of one large orange about a tablespoon
  • 6 large egg whites at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon (8.4 g) almond extract
  • 1 cup (240 g) buttermilk at room temperature
  • 3 cups (345 g) cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon (10 g) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) salt
  • 3 tablespoon (27 g) poppy seeds soaked in water for about a half hour beforehand, then strained
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) sour cream at room temperature

FOR THE ALMOND BUTTERCREAM

  • 6 cups (750 g) powdered sugar measured and then sifted
  • 2 cups (452 g) unsalted butter slightly cold
  • 1 teaspoon (4.2 g) pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons (8.4 g) almond extract
  • 3 tablespoons (43.2 g) heavy whipping cream
  • *This buttercream recipe makes enough to fill and cover your cake. If you want to add additional piping, like the design I created, you’ll want to make an extra 1/2 batch.

FOR THE ORANGE CURD

  • 1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (9g) orange zest about one orange
  • 1/2 cup (124 g) freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 tablespoons (56.5 g) unsalted butter cold and cut into small squares

Instructions

FOR THE ORANGE ALMOND POPPY SEED CAKE

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Spray three 8-inch cake pans with nonstick spray, line the bottom with parchment paper and spray again. Set aside.

  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, orange zest, salt and poppy seeds. Set aside.

  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and the sugar for two minutes on medium-high speed.
  4. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and begin to add the egg whites on medium speed, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl between addition. Add almond extract. Continue to beat for about 2 to 3 minutes on high, until the mixture looks lighter in color and bigger in volume.

  5. With the mixer on low speed, add 1/3 of the flour mixture, followed by 1/2 cup of the buttermilk. Repeat the additions, 1/3 cup flour mixture, 1/2 cup buttermilk and the final 1/3 cup flour mixture. Only mix until the flour mixture is incorporated, about 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix again for another 20 to 30 seconds on low.

  6. Gently fold in the sour cream.

  7. Evenly divide the batter between the three pans (about 16 ounces of batter in each) and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs on it. Let cool in the pans for about 15 minutes and then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely. (Tip: spray your wire cooling racks with nonstick spray).

FOR THE ALMOND BUTTERCREAM

  1. In a large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Gradually add in the sifted powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the almond and vanilla extract and cream.

  4. Continue to beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes.

  5. Before using on your cake, mix the frosting by hand with a wooden spoon to push out the air pockets.

FOR THE ORANGE CURD

  1. Whisk the sugar, orange juice, and orange zest in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and egg yolks. Gradually add the eggs to the sugar mixture, while stirring constantly.

  3. Cook the mixture over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until it's becomes thick like pudding. This should take about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter, a few peices at a time. Stir until incorporated.

  4. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl. Press plastic wrap directly ontp the surface of the curd to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours and up to a week.

ASSEMBLY

  1. Place one cake layer, top side up, on a cake plate or cardboard cake board. Spread about 1/2 cup of buttercream across the top of the cake layer. Make sure to get eye level with the cake to ensure the frosting is even.

  2. Pipe a rim of buttercream around the edge of the cake. Fill the center with 1/3 to 1/2 cup orange curd.

  3. Repeat step 1 and 2 with the second cake layer.

  4. Place the final cake layer, top side down, on top of the filling. Cover the cake with a thin layer of buttercream and freeze the cake for 15 minutes to lock in the crumbs.

  5. Once the crumb coat is set, continue to frost the cake with the remaining buttercream.

  6. To achieve the design in the pictures, you'll want a Wilton 1M tip, a piping bag and a turntable. See the video above for a demo.

Recipe Notes

*Poppy seeds absorb moisture. Make sure to soak the seeds to help keep the cake from becoming dry.

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  1. Hey Courtney! At what point should we add in the 2t of almond extract for the cake itself? I added it with the egg whites, but the directions don’t specify. Thanks!!!

  2. I’m in the middle of making this recipe and I see almond extract in the list of ingredients, but not when to put it in the cake in the instructions. The same with the vanilla extract for the frosting – its in the ingredient measurements, but not in the recipe instructions. I’m just not sure when to add it.

  3. Hi, this is such a gorgeous cake. I’m just looking for the demo video where you show how to assemble it because I want my piping to look like yours!