Poppy Seed Butter Cake (Mohn Cake)

Preparation info
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    • Difficulty


Appears in
Jewish Holiday Cooking

By Jayne Cohen

Published 2008

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Delicately nutty poppy seeds lend gentle crunch to this buttery bubbe cake. It’s sublime just plain, but you can dress it up with a dollop of ice cream and/or fruit compote. Or serve the cake, lightly toasted, if desired, topped with sliced strawberries and freshly whipped cream.

When well wrapped, this cake freezes well.


  • cup poppy seeds
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 16 tablespoons


Have all ingredients at room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Combine the poppy seeds and milk in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

Generously butter a