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Orange and Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

Orange and Poppy Seed Bundt Cake Recipe

Happy New Year! We have entered 2013 (as I’m sure you’re aware) and FrugalFeeding has entered its third calendar year – though it has yet to reach its second birthday. Ring shaped cakes, usually known as bundt cakes, are traditionally eaten at this time of year because they symbolize the cyclical nature of the calendar. However, the New Year is also a time of frugality, a point at which all of the gluttony of Christmas should be erased (not that my previous post adheres to such a thing). As such, this particular recipe for orange and poppy seed bundt cake is perfect; not only is it circular, it refrains from outrageous decadence.

Poppy seeds are up there amongst my favourite ingredients in baking. They bring with them a subtle nutty flavour that complements citrus fruit extraordinarily well and graces cakes with an eye-catching speckle that is very close to being irresistible. Actually, now poppy seeds have been mentioned, why not check out my recipe for lemon and poppy seed cupcakes – such a thing shouldn’t be missed.

Putting this recipe for orange and poppy seed bundt cake to one side, 2012 has been a great year for FrugalFeeding – thank you ever so much for your support, each and every one of you! I shan’t go into all of my facts and figures and ideas about where I’ll be going over the next 12 months, but it’s all very exciting. Instead, here’s a run-down of my most popular recipes of 2012, each and every one of them is a frugal delight and well worth reading! (Sorry if this is a little lengthy!)

Mocha Mousse Recipe
Mocha Mousse – 
This recipe was by far my most popular of 2012 and you can see why. This fabulous dessert has it all – flavour, texture and decadence. Who would have guessed that the entire batch set me back a mere £1.50?


Garlic and Herb Flatbreads

Garlic and Herb Flatbreads – Inspired by ‘The Great British Bake Off’ this recipe was probably my favourite bread recipe of 2012. Brushed with a little garlic oil, these flatbreads pack a real punch worthy of any curry and/or stew! Best of all, they set us back just £1.10.


Spicy Baked Falafel Recipe

Spicy Baked Falafel – This particular post was an updated version of an old recipe and boy was it good! Falafel are usually deep fried in oil, resulting in a crispy outer layer and a soft, moist inside. However, when I realised that such a thing could be achieved in the oven, there was no stopping me. As such, these little balls of chickpea heaven would be the perfect post-Christmas snack and they only set us back around £2.


Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Chocolate Mousse – You lot really like chocolate based mousse don’t you? I’ll remember to post another mousse recipe next time my page views are flagging! To be honest, there isn’t much to say about this post that hasn’t been said above – it is spectacular and delicious. Please give it a whirl – these only set us back 70 pence!


Autumnal Minestrone Recipe

Autumnal Minestrone – Last but not least is my autumnal recipe for minestrone. This Italian soup/broth is one that can be made all year round and as such, you can expect similar posts for the remaining three seasons. However, this is one dish you’ll really want to make – it’s hearty, warming and brimming with flavour. Don’t miss out at only £2.50!


Orange and Poppy Seed Bundt Cake {recipe}

Makes 1 bundt cake


• 3 eggs

• Butter, self-raising flour and caster sugar, the amount of each should be the same weight as the eggs (roughly 170-180g)

• Pinch of salt

• The zest of two large oranges and 1 tbsp of juice

• 20g poppy seeds


1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Grease and flour your bundt tin. Cream together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy, before incorporating the eggs one at a time.


2. Add a pinch of salt, the zest, juice and poppy seeds and sift in the flour from a height. Fold everything in gently. Pour this into the bundt tin and bake for 45-50 minutes until brown and cooked through.

Orange and Poppy Seed Bundt Cake Recipe

3. Leave to cool for 5 minutes before turning out. This cake freezes well and can keep for up to 3-4 days in an air tight container.

Orange and Poppy Seed Bundt Cake Recipe

Cost: The entire cake, which is really rather sizeable, should set one back no more than £2.10 – very frugal indeed. Isn’t it funny how we usually associate cakes with decadence, when really they can be the epitome of value for money!

69 replies on “Orange and Poppy Seed Bundt Cake”

Cake that looks like mum made it, ready to go without a thick layer of artery clogging buttercream and a mug of cocoa/hot chocolate that looks like you can stand a spoon up in it is my sort of winter repast! We are starting a new course of study this year and have exhausted our old lecturer and are moving on to a new one…we had our last one trained well…we study online and at our monthly meetings I would bake something delicious to share over good coffee and together we all built our knowledge and a friendship in the process…now we have to start all over again with a stiff new model! Time to break that sucker in and this gorgeous looking cake looks just the ticket to start with…not too luxurious…you have to save “luxurious” for when you are rewarding said lecturer…it’s like training a dog…reward them when you are happy and ignore them when they have done something wrong ;). I might spike it and drizzle over a nice orange flower scented syrup or perhaps a drizzle of chocolate over the top to render it Terry’s oranged…who knows what this cake will do for our reputation…a lot is standing on this for our very first meeting…wish us luck…(maybe I need to bring a thermos of that chocolate to shore up the cake? 😉 ) “Oh ye of little faith! Believe in the power of the cake…” May the cake force be with us!

How do you get your food to look so fantastic?! Seriously drool-worthy, Nick! If Rosemary shows up to nick your Aga pan, I am coming along for those ducky cups 🙂 Too cute!

This cake looks wonderful. I just read somewhere that even eating the small amount of poppy seeds in a bagel or a slice of cake can throw off drug tests . . . Not that I thought you needed that info or anything!

Every one of these dishes looks amazing.. what is the total if you added them all up, I wonder? I love bundt cakes.. I think it’s a shape thing for me.. the flavors in this one must be wonderful. And that chocolate mousse.. oh my gosh, that’s just the best!!

Oh my that cake sounds delish , I love citrus cakes and simple makes it all the better , will have to give it a whirl , love the blog 🙂

Happy New Year! Wish I had a piece of that orange bundt cake, it looks so good! Best of luck in the new year and I can’t wait to see all the new recipes you’ll be whipping up!

Orange and poppyseed is a great combo, and your cake recipe looks so easy! (I have a nice Orange Cardamom Cake in my repertoire, and yours would be a good variation.) your year-end review makes me want to make all those recipes, now! Alas (ha!) I’m poolside on vacation right now so it will have to wait. Oh, lucky me. I usually start the new year shovelling snow.

I love how you stress you can eat well for less. I try to convince my friends that it is possible. I’m not sure what they are buying! We generally can do a week of shopping for less than $150 for a family of four and around $100 in the summer when the garden is up and running. And that is with us splurging on a few things and laundry detergent. So it is great to see blogs like yours showing it can be done! 🙂

Congrats on all the success of the blog Nick. You certainly deserve every bit of it. I remember each of those recipes! This cake looks fantastic. I love how golden the edges are! Happy New Year my friend.

I’m glad that Mocha Mousse (with the oh-so-enviable seagull mugs) got a mention. Both that and that recipe and the falafel’s got pins on my (quite exclusive, really, I’m choosy on what I pin) board on pinterest of things I want to make. That mousse might just be what I’m after for a dinner party next weekend, it’s 41 degrees here in Oz and baking is out of the questions.

Happy 2013 Nick! Looking forward to seeing what you’re going to bring 🙂

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