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Polish Poppy Seed Cake

Later this afternoon I plan to make one of our family’s favourite cakes – Polish Poppy Seed Cake. Here’s our recipe should you want to try making it yourself. This recipe can equally be used to make muffins or cupcakes.

Ingredients needed for Polish Poppy Seed Cake.

200 grams butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
200 grams golden caster sugar
200 grams self-raising flour
3 lemons, zested
3 eggs
2 tbsp poppy seeds
150g natural yoghurt


- Heat oven to 170 / 180 centigrade. Grease and line the base of a deep cake tin
- Add butter and sugar to a bowl and mix until fluffy. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and mix again. Spoon al the ingredients into the tin and smooth over the top. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Leave in the tin for 10 minutes, then remove, and leave to cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy with a cup or two of Lipton black tea!

The poppy seeds we use are from our own garden. The eggs from our chickens. The lemons and other ingredients from a nearby Tesco store!

Sękacz Cake

Sekacz (The Tree Cake)

Polish Sękacz Cake

Sekacz is a cake that reminds one of a tree! It is baked on a spit and due to the method used in its baking has, when cut, visible tree-like layers of rings. The finished cake is either eaten plain or covered with icing sugar or a chocolate glaze.

Typically a Sekacz cake includes only the ingredients: butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt, and flour. Polish housewives sometimes produce a horizontal version of Sękacz, which isn’t quite as complex to bake.

In Poland Sękacz cake is often eaten at Easter or Christmas and at other celebrations such as weddings, birthdays and name days.

Polish Sekacz cake is similar to Baumkuchen (in Germany), Spettekaka (in Sweden) and Bankuchenas (in Lithuania).