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Almond and Poppy Seed Loaf Cake

Infused with almond flavor and poppy seeds to satisfy your sweet tooth for brunch, tea or dessert!
Makes an 8 x 4 loaf cake
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond glaze, loaf cake, poppy seeds, teatime
Servings: 8


Cake ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour spooned and leveled
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • *1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • * 1/2 tsp. pure almond extract
  • 1/2 c. whole milk at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp. poppy seeds

Almond Glaze:

  • 1 c. confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. milk plus more for consistency
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. pure almond extract
  • pinch Kosher salt


To make cake:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8-by- 4-inch loaf pan. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
  • Beat butter and sugar on medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating to incorporate after each addition. Beat in vanilla and almond extracts.
  • Reduce speed to low and beat in flour mixture and milk alternately, starting and ending with flour mixture, just until flour is incorporated.
  • Fold in poppy seeds. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes.
  • Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then remove to rack to cool completely.
  • Drizzle cake with Almond Glaze

Almond Glaze:

  • Whisk together sugar, 1 1/2 tbsp. milk, vanilla extract, almond extract, and a pinch of kosher salt in a bowl.
  • Add additional milk, 1 tbsp. at a time, to reach desired consistency.


  • * For a more distinct almond flavor, use 1 teaspoon almond and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • Cover pan with aluminum foil to prevent overbrowning as needed during last 15 - 20 minutes of baking time until cake is baked through.