Orange Poppy Seed Pound Cake

With our Orange Poppy Seed Pound Cake recipe, you can enjoy the delicious mix of fruity zing and light crunch.

This sweet treat is hard to resist because it has all the classic draw of a pound cake plus the tartness of oranges and the delicate texture of poppy seeds.

This cake is great for any event, from casual get-togethers to fancy parties, because it has a lot of different flavors and a moist, soft crumb.

No matter how experienced you are as a baker or how new you are to the kitchen, our step-by-step steps will help you make a delicious result every time. Let us take you on a trip through the world of Orange Poppy Seed Pound Cake, which is both easy and delicious.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (from about 2 oranges)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds

Glaze (optional):

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice


Warm the oven up to 175°F (350°F). Or, line a 9×5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper to make it easy to take out the bread. Grease and flour the pan.

Mix the warmed butter and sugar in a large bowl until the mixture is light and fluffy. You can use a hand mixer or a stand mixer to do this.

One at a time, add the eggs and beat well after each one. Add the orange juice, vanilla extract, and orange zest and mix well.

Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and poppy seeds together in a different bowl.

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and mix them together until they are just mixed. Be careful not to mix too much.

Spread the batter out evenly in the loaf pan that has been made.

After the oven is hot, bake it for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean.

The cake should cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before being moved to a wire rack to cool all the way down.

If you want to make the sauce, mix the powdered sugar and orange juice with a whisk until the mixture is smooth. Spread the sauce over the cake that has been cooled.

Cut your orange poppy seed pound cake into pieces and serve it!


Q1: Can I use store-bought orange juice for this recipe?
A: Yes, you can use store-bought orange juice if you don’t have freshly squeezed juice on hand. However, freshly squeezed juice will provide the best flavor.

Q2: Can I omit the poppy seeds if I don’t have them?
A: While poppy seeds add a unique texture and flavor to the cake, you can omit them if desired. The cake will still be deliciously citrusy without them.

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