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German Poppy Seed Cake - Mohnkuchen mit Eierdecke

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Poppy Seed Cake - Mohnkuchen

Poppy Seed Cake - Mohnkuchen


Responding to readers' inquiries, I have synthesized a poppy seed cake or "pie" from several recipes. This one has a cookie crust, poppy seed filling and a baked, sour cream topping. All ingredients can be easily found in the US and the cake is completely made from scratch, no funny pouches of pre-made filling.

Makes one, 11 inch springform cake, 12-16 pieces

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Prep Time: 50 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes


  • ***Crust***
  • 14 T. salted butter (200 grams)
  • 2 c. flour (250 grams)
  • 1/2 c. sugar (100 grams)
  • Zest from one orange
  • 2 egg yolks whisked with 2 T. water
  • ***Poppy Seed Filling***
  • 2 c. milk (500 ml)
  • 1/3 c. farina, such as Cream of Wheat (50 grams)
  • 1/4 - 1/3 c. sugar (about 50 grams)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. ground poppy seeds (150 grams)
  • 2 T. butter
  • 2 egg whites, stiffly beaten
  • ***Sour Cream Topping***
  • 1 c. sour cream (250 ml)
  • 1/2 c. sweet cream (125 ml)
  • 1 1/2 T. flour (20 grams)
  • 1/3 c. sugar (75 grams)
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • Several drops of lemon extract or vanilla


Make the Crust

Cut butter into flour, sugar and orange zest until pea-sized crumbs form. Quickly mix in the egg yolks and form a smooth ball, without kneading too much. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.

Make the Filling

Bring milk, sugar and vanilla to a boil. Remove from heat, pour in farina, stirring constantly, then poppy seeds. Place back on heat and boil again, briefly. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool down.

When still warm, stir in butter until melted.

(Do not beat the egg whites until you are ready to fill the crust.)

Make the Topping

Beat all egg whites until stiff.

Mix all the sour cream topping ingredients together except the egg whites, until smooth. Fold in half the egg whites.

Fold the other 2 egg whites into the cooled poppy seed mixture.

Assemble the Cake

Roll out the crust.
Divide dough in half. Roll one half out into an 11 inch circle, and cut to fit bottom of 11 inch springform pan.

Roll out 1/4 of the dough into a rope and flatten into a 1 or 1 1/2 inch rim. Press around the edge of the springform and attach to the base with a little water or egg white. Continue with rest of dough. Trim crust evenly for nice presentation.

Fill crust with poppy seed filling and then top with sour cream filling, making sure to cover to the edge of the crust seal.

Bake at 350°F for 50-60 minutes, or until cake is browned and firmly set.


Responding to a review on this cake from a reader, I checked my notes and did see that I made a mistake with the crust, I used sugar but left it out when I wrote the recipe. I since added it and thank the reader for pointing out this lapse. It is indeed supposed to be a "cookie crust".
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 5 out of 5
Excellent, but crust slightly hard to work with, Member LarryBinSEA

I made this cake yesterday, and the poppyseed filling brought back memories of the two months I spent in Berlin several years ago. Overall, the recipe was extremely easy but I did find the crust to be hard to work with. When cold, it cracked and needed patching, and it became very soft after only a few minutes. Next time I'll either roll it between parchment or I'll just do what I wound up doing - patting it into the pan. It still baked up tender, with just enough strength to hold its shape. I made one substitution that worked out fine. I didn't have any Cream of Wheat or Cream of Farina in the house, but I did have small pearl tapioca. So I measured out 2/3 of the amount by weight, ground it in my spice grinder and proceeded with the recipe. Now that I've got a handle on the concept, I think I'm going to try some different combinations. Ideally, I'd like to make something more like what I had in Berlin - a thick layer of poppyseed filling on a dense cake base (about 1/2 inch) with a very sparse streusel topping. Thanks for this - it was a great hit, even for a crowd that was dubious of a cake with so much poppy in it.

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