Thursday, May 2, 2013

Czech Poppy Seed Cake #BakeForWest

I went to seminary in Waco, TX, which is just a hop skip and a jump to West, TX - a small, Czech community full of good people. Most people in Texas know them for their bakeries (especially their kolaches!) as the most traveled highway in the state cuts straight through their community. When I worked in Waco, I actually worked alongside several women who lived in West and even attended a Czech wedding while living there.

Of course, now I'm in North Carolina which seems so far away from home when tragedy hits a place that you think of as connected to home. When the fertilizer plant exploded in West just a few short weeks ago, my heart ached. Too far to be of help, all you can do is watch CNN and pray. For those outside of central Texas, it's hard to understand why a tragedy such as this is so catastrophic in a community like West.

I was thrilled when another Texas blogger invited me to join in for a bake for West cause. A way to honor their Czech heritage, a way to raise awareness, and a way to encourage people to consider donate to the relief efforts.

I chose to make a Czech Poppy Seed Cake. It's incredibly moist, buttery, and sweet enough to be called cake but doesn't make your teeth hurt. In other words, delicious. And definitely something found at a Czech bakery in West.

Check out the other blogs participating, and consider donating!
Donations: POINTWEST Bank in West, TX 

Czech Poppy Seed Cake
1/2  cup poppy seeds
1/3 cup honey
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs, separated
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda, scant
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

In small sauce pan cook the poppy seed with honey and 1/4 cup water for 5-7 minutes. Let cool.

Preheat oven to 350. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the cooled poppy seed mixture to creamed mixture, and egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in sour cream and vanilla.

In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Gradually add the wet poppy seed mixture to the dry mixture, beating well.

In a small bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff and fold into batter.

Pour batter into a lightly greased and floured 9-inch tube (or bundt) pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.

Source: Slightly adapted from


  1. I love simple cakes like this! I wonder if you could add lemon?

    1. I think lemon would be very easy to add! Maybe with the honey/poppy seed mixture?

  2. Simply gorgeous! I love poppyseed anything. Thank you so much for participating today!

  3. Found my way over from Jen's site. I had no idea that West was a Czech community. It seems like we have had too many tragedies lately. Bless the people of West.

  4. This looks terrific, I pinned it to try soon! :)


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