This "from-scratch" recipe is consistently the best I have ever seen and used. My grandmothers, mother, myself, and now my daughter used and use this fail-safe recipe. Husband waits around to "clean" the mixing bowl! This cake is very good, if out on counter and wrapped, for up to 3 days. Great as a dessert or for breakfast! Can sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon and sugar on top, or eat it plain. Freezes nicely if wrapped well.


Recipe Summary

1 hr
25 mins
1 hr 55 mins
30 mins
1 Bundt(R) cake


Original recipe yields 14 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine buttermilk and poppy seeds in a small bowl. Soak for 10 to 30 minutes.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Thoroughly grease a fluted tube pan (such as Bundt®).

  • Separate egg yolks and whites into 2 separate bowls (use a glass, metal, or ceramic bowl for the whites). Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a third bowl.

  • Combine sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl; beat with an electric mixer until creamy. Add egg yolks; mix until thoroughly combined. Beat in the buttermilk-poppy seed mixture and vanilla extract. Add 1/2 of the dry ingredients and beat thoroughly; repeat with remaining dry ingredients.

  • Beat egg whites on high speed until there is no clear liquid left, 3 to 5 minutes. Fold into the batter.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Run a table knife around the edges to loosen. Invert carefully onto a serving plate or cooling rack. Let cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

322 calories; protein 5.3g; carbohydrates 40.2g; fat 16g; cholesterol 88.7mg; sodium 242.2mg. Full Nutrition