Cakes, Polish food

Freckled cake

May 6, 2013
Freckled cake with poppy seeds
I still can’t understand the phenomena of this cake. For me it’s a life-saver cake that uses leftover egg whites that always have too many. I needed to make this cake, as otherwise Tomek would ask me to move out, because we had like a ton of egg whites in the freezer. Other than that the cake is easy and simple. I would say an everyday cake. You just need a cup to measure ingredients, not even a standard size cup, just a cup.
But I brought it to work and everybody loved it. I even got “It’s one of the best cakes I’ve ever eaten in my life”. A few people mentioned they liked it for a poppyseed crunch in it. So if this cake looks tempting to you just try it, you won’t regret.

Freckled cake

Notes: I used half and half of black and white poppy seeds, just because I didn’t have enough black one. 
Recipe from Moje wypieki
30cm-long loaf pan
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup poppy seeds
  • 1 cup egg whites (around 7-10 depending on eggs size)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter, cooled
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • mix of walnuts, peanuts, almonds, candied orange zest (it’s really up to you how much you want to add)
  • orange zest from 1 orange

In a big bowl start whisk egg whites until they are almost stiff. Gradually add the sugar. Continue beating.
Add flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, walnuts, almonds, candied zest and melted butter and mix until combined.
Line in a baking pan with baking paper.
Pour the mixture into the pan, it should fill it up to 2/3 of the pan.
Bake at 220ºC/200ºC fan for about 40 minutes or until a wooden stick comes out clean.
When the cake gets golden cover it with a kitchen foil.

Freckled cake with poppy seeds

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  • Reply Caroline@Bibliocook May 15, 2013 at 13:26

    Love the name of that cake. Always good to have a recipe for using up egg whites – bane of my existence too!

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  • Reply rise of the sourdough preacher September 7, 2014 at 22:21

    Very nice cake Magda!
    Thanks for sharing :)

    • Reply Magda September 7, 2014 at 22:44

      Lou, it’s one of the simplest I do, but it’s so handy when I have too many egg whites!

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