Do you have any special traditions on your birthday? For my Mom, she likes poppyseed cake with caramel icing. Her Mom used to make it for her every year, until one year she decided for some crazy reason that peanut butter icing would be much better.
My Mom can’t stand peanut butter.
Needless to say, my Mom didn’t get her special cake for years afterward.
Around 10 years ago, I asked my Mom what her favourite cake was and she told me about the poppyseed cake with caramel frosting. At first I thought it sounded kind of weird, but once I tasted it, I understood why it was her favourite.
An Easier Version of Poppyseed Cake
So in honour of my Mom’s birthday, here’s the recipe I’ve developed for her favourite cake. The original I based it off of has 8 eggs that have to be separated, cream of tartar, and a caramel sauce instead of icing. 8 eggs sounds excessive, and I rarely have cream of tartar on hand.
My Mom would also be much more likely to bake it as a sheet cake or in muffins instead of a fancy layer cake. As a child, I couldn’t stand that she would never make our cakes look fancy. Now as an adult, I understand that she definitely did not have time for that! I should have been grateful she made time to make me a cake at all!! However, I’ve been able to design a life for myself where making things pretty is part of my job, so fancy layer cake it is.
So happy birthday Mom. I love you, and I hope to make this cake for you on your birthday for many years to come.
Related: Easy ways to make your prettiest cake yet and a gorgeous red velvet cake.
P.S. Wondering what I used for the decoration? Sprigs of lavender, sage, make the base, with strawflowers, japanese lanterns, and baby’s breath for a pop of fall colour. If you do this at home, please remove all the flowers and greenery before eating!! Only the sage is edible!!
P.P.S. The icing is a bit runny, but you start to lose the caramel taste if you add more icing sugar. If you want to ice your cake similar to what’s in the picture, I recommend leaving the icing in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up enough that it will stay put.
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Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots. She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden. She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.