Midsummer Lemon Poppy Cake With Summer Fruits

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January 30, 2017

Recipe by Fare Isle

  • Cook: 45 mins


1 1/2 cup white whole wheat four (or whole wheat pastry flour)

1/2 cup fine ground cornmeal

2 teaspoons baking powder

pinch of salt (optional)

2 tablespoons poppy seeds

1/2 cup milk

2 teaspoons ground flax seeds (flaxmeal)

1 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup canola oil

zest from 1 lemon

juice from 1/2 of lemon

1/4 teaspoon ground vanilla beans or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Lemon Glaze

1/2 cup organic confectioners sugar

2 tablespoons lemon juice


1Preheat oven to 350˚F. Cut an 8" diameter circle of parchment paper. Grease the bottom and sides of an 8" round cake pan and layer parchment round into bottom of pan. Dust sides of pan with flour and tap to remove excess.

2In a large liquid measuring cup whisk together milk and flaxmeal until frothy and let sit while you prep other ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and poppy seeds. Add maple, oil, lemon zest and juice, and vanilla to milk/flax mixture and whisk wet ingredients together until incorporated.

3Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir gently until evenly incorporated, do not over stir, some lumps are ok. Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake on center rack for 40-45 minutes. Cake should be golden brown and a toothpick inserted into center of cake should come out clean.

4Transfer cake to cooling rack and let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Run a butter knife along the inside edge of pan to loosen cake from sides if necessary. Invert cake pan onto cooling rack and tap bottom to release cake. Lift up cake pan, remove parchment paper and let cake cool completely to room temperature.

Lemon Glaze

1Whisk sugar and lemon juice together until smooth. Pour glaze over cooled cake and let it drip down the sides.

2Decorate cake with fresh seasonal summer fruits like farm strawberries and cherries. Dust with confectioners sugar and add edible flowers and leaves to garnish.

3Serve with maple syrup macerated strawberries. Simply cut up strawberries, pour a bit of maple over them, and a splash of rum or bourbon, a dash of vanilla extract, and optionally add fresh mint or basil. Let sit for 5-10 minutes and spoon over slices of cake. Also delicious with a dollop of whipped coconut cream!


You can substitute 1/2 cup of the flour in this recipe with 1/2 cup of ground almonds, which is my original recipe, and is actually how i prefer it.


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