Monday, 29 October 2012

Secret Recipe Club: Lemon Poppyseed Tea Cakes

It's time for another Secret Recipe Reveal Day! I love being a member of the Secret Recipe Club. Each month, we are assigned a blog (in secret) and we have to choose and make a recipe from that blog and reveal our chosen recipes on the same day. The club has grown so big that we are now divided into groups and I believe there is a waiting list to join. 

My assigned blog this month is The Saucy Gourmet. Shari is a food blogger and food photographer who loves food! Her blog is full of delicious recipes but of course I headed straight for the dessert section. What a wonderful range of choices for me. I narrowed it down to chocolate and peanut butter trifles, chocolate mint squares, red velvet towers and inside out upside down pineapple cheesecake. In the end I chose her lemon and poppyseed tea cake as they are one of my favourite cakes. 

They were quick and easy to make and tasted absolutely delicious! The only adaptation I made was to add some lemon juice to the cake as I love a good tangy, lemony cake :)

 adding poppyseeds 

 mini cake mould 

 mini bundts and mini cakes - the shapes didnt turn out from the mini cake mould but the mini bundts looked great! 

Recipe adapted from The Saucy Gourmet 

Makes 30 mini cakes and 4 mini bundts of the size shown

For the cakes 
375g flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons poppy seed
140g butter
200g sugar
2 eggs
365g yoghurt (1.5 cups)
juice of 1/2 lemon
zest of 1 lemon

For the lemon glaze
185g icing sugar
2-3 tablespoon of lemon juice

  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, poppy seeds, and salt and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. 
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating until incorporated after each one. 
  • Beat in the lemon zest and lemon juice. 
  • Beat in one half of the dry ingredients until just incorporated. 
  • Beat in one third of the yogurt. 
  • Beat in half of the remaining dry ingredients. 
  • Beat in a second third of the yogurt. 
  • Beat in the remaining dry ingredients and then the remaining yogurt. 
  • Be careful to beat until just incorporated. Do not over beat. 
  • Pour batter into cake tins and bake for 15-18 minutes for the mini cakes, 20-25 minutes for the mini bundt cake. If you are making a large cake you will need to bake for 30-40 minutes, depending on the size of your cake. 
  • The cakes are done when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. 
  • To make the lemon glaze, whisk the icing sugar and lemon juice 1 tablespoon at a time until it reaches the right consistency you require. You can always add more sugar if you want it thicker or more lemon juice if you want it thinner. 


  1. I LOVE the Secret Recipe Club too Ros and this is a GREAT choice too! Karen xxx

    1. I love the club too and this cake was amazing! xx

  2. The mini bundts did indeed look great. They make such a great presentation for an individual serving. And I don't know anyone who doesn't like lemon poppy seed cake--yum!

    1. Mini bundts are my new obsession although I tend to eat to many as they are only little :)

  3. I love the sound of these, especially with the lemon glaze. The mini bundts are just my size, too! :)

  4. They are too adorable for words! Love the mini Bundt format, you did a great job!

    happy Reveal Day!

  5. lovbe these tea cakes look adorable and delicious!!

  6. These look so good! I haven't had anything lemon poppyseed-y in such a long time... Perhaps it's time? I love how cute the little bundts look!

    1. I love lemon and poppy seed - such a great combination and the little bundts are definitely cute!

  7. The mini bundts turned out just perfect! These sound just delicious - I'd love these for my afternoon tea snack!

  8. I've made lemon poppy seed muffins before, so I know this would be delicious. What a wonderful afternoon treat this would be.

  9. These look wonderful - I love the lemon/poppyseed combination and the addition of yoghurt would add that extra tang I'm sure - delicious!

    1. Thanks! They were light, moist and delicious :)

  10. Love the little cake and bundt moulds and poppy seed and lemon is the perfect combination...I've had a recipe on my to do list for ages but haven't quite gotten round ot it yet! I love the sound of the Secret Recipe Club...I might have to check it out! :-)

    1. I think there's a waiting list for the secret recipe club but it's worth it - its so much fun! I have a slight obsession about mini bakes now :)

  11. The cakes look gorgeous!
    I would love to have you share this (or any other of your recipes) at Wednesday Extravaganza - my Foodie Link Party, and maybe claim a spot with a lifetime feature on my Wall of Fame. Here is the link:

    Can't wait to see you there!

    1. Thanks for the invite, will be over to look shortly.

  12. The mini cakes are adorable -- perfect pick for SRC!

  13. The mini bundts are so cute, I didn't even know such things existed! Lemon and poppyseed is one of my favourites, yum!

    1. I got the mini and super mini bundt tins from America and absolutely love them. I love lemon and poppyseed too :)


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