Poppyseed & honey cake

A deliciously moist cake with a tangy strawberry-flavoured icing

  • Prep:25 mins
    Cook:35 mins
    Ready in about 1 hr, plus cooling
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Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 315
  • fat 18g
  • saturates 10g
  • carbs 40g
  • sugars 25g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 4g
  • salt 0.5g


  • 140g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 100g golden caster sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 175g butter, softened
  • 85g clear honey - try acacia for a delicate flavour
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 25g cornflour
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 1½-2 tbsp sieved strawberry purée (made by crushing and sieving a handful of strawberries)


  1. Heat the oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Butter a 1.3 litre capacity ring tin (approx 20cm diameter) and dust the buttered surface with 1 tbsp each plain flour and caster sugar, then tap out the excess.

  2. Beat the butter, sugar and honey with a hand-held electric whisk, until pale and fluffy with a dropping consistency. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Mix the flour, cornflour and poppyseeds and fold into the creamed mixture.

  3. Spoon into the prepared tin and level the surface. Bake for about 35 mins until risen and firm to the touch. Leave to cool slightly in the tin then carefully remove, easing the sides with a palette knife. Cool on a wire rack.

  4. For the icing, mix both ingredients together then drizzle over the cake while it’s still on the rack and leave to set. Transfer to a plate to serve. Will keep in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 5 days.

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