OK folks…here’s the deal. I am not responsible for anything that happens because you served something you prepared from my recipes. That goes double for this one. If you get marriage proposals because of this cake and wind up married with 6 kids all because you served this cake, I’m not responsible.
Proceed at your own risk…and I don’t carry liability insurance.
A week or so ago, a good friend and I were cruising the mountains in north Georgia and stumbled across a combination grist mill/fireworks store, Well, neither of us needed any Roman Candles or M-80’s, but I did want to bake some bread, so we stopped to get some stone ground wheat flour.
Well, while they were grinding the flour (how’s that for fresh?), I wandered around the store. There were some poppy seed cakes for sale, and a sample tray of bite sized pieces, and I tried one.
I always gobble up store samples. When I go to the supermarket I try to go right before lunchtime. I can cruise the samples and make it a lunch…it saves me money.
Some people call going to the supermarket grocery shopping. I call it grazing.
Anyway, the sample was really good, so I asked the owner if she gave out the recipe. My friend leaned over and whispered, “Don’t bother…my sister’s recipe is a lot better.”
Well I didn’t want to piss her off make her angry, but I wanted some good poppy seed cake, so I asked again. The look of disdain and tossing of hair and rolling of eyes skeered me, so I dropped it.
I dunno about you, but I don’t want to be at the top of a 5 foot 11 inch Irish redhead’s…er…list.
Anyway, Irish showed up Friday and had…her sister’s recipe!
Remember, if you eat it all in one day and get sick, I accept no responsibility…and I’m not gonna tell you how I know it can disappear in one day.
Paula G’s Yummy Poppyseed Cake
First, the cast of characters:
3 cups of flour
2 ¼ cups of sugar
1 ½ tsp of salt
1 ½ tsp of baking powder
1 ½ cups of milk
1 ½ cups of vegetable oil
1 ½ tsp each of almond, butter, and vanilla extract
1 ½ Tbsp poppy seeds
A note here for my fellow rednecks: If you don’t recognize the term “eggs”, think “cackleberries”.
Whisk the dry ingredients together, and then mix in the milk, cackelberr eggs, and vegetable oil, mixing well. Add and mix in the three extracts last.
Note: This is a fairly thin batter that mixes easily using a whisk. I love my KitchenAid Pro 600, but wouldn’t use it for this. It’s so easy it’s not worth the clean-up effort on the mixer.
Pour batter into a buttered and lightly floured tube pan, and bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for one hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean when you stick the middle of the cake.
You’d be surprised at the number of folks that stick a cake anywhere, thinking it doesn’t matter. The cake cooks the fastest around the edges where the heat gets to first. Doh!
While the cake is baking make the glaze for it.
The cake is great without it, but the glaze is what makes it cause marriage proposals leading to overpopulation.
You will need ¼ cup of frozen orange juice concentrate, ¾ cup of sugar, and ½ tsp. of those three extracts again…almond, butter, and vanilla.
Combine the ingredients in a saucepan over medium to low heat. You want to just thaw the OJ and just melt the sugar.
Now, let me stop[ right here and tell you a secret. I don’t drink anymore, but if I did I’d triple this glaze recipe. I’d mix the extra with some good vodka and pour it over ice and have a Screwdriver fit for a king…jes’ sayin’…
After the cake comes out of the oven and cools, and while the glaze is still hot and thin, use a skewer and poke 10-20 holes in the top of the cake, and slowly pour…
I said slowly, dammit!!!!
Ahem…I said SLOWLY pour the glaze over the cake, letting it soak into the cake real well.
Now…serve it to your next date. It just might get you married even if you need a pork chop tied around your neck to get the dogs to play wit’ ya.