Vanilla poppy seed strudel cake

This cleverly rolled dough gives this Bundt cake a lovely, swirly surface, making for a visually appealing dessert that’s sure to impress. The combination of fragrant vanilla and crunchy poppy seeds gives this classic cake a unique and exciting touch. Perfect for any special occasion. You can serve it as a delicious breakfast treat that will leave your loved ones wanting more. Alternatively, pair a slice of this delicious cake with a steaming cup of coffee for a delicious afternoon treat. This vanilla poppy seed strudel cake is a real treat for the senses!


  • 400 g “00” or biscuit flour
  • 7g sachet or 1½ tsp fast-acting dry yeast
  • 50g golden powdered sugar
  • 100 ml milk, warmed
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 150g butter (from a 250g pack – use the rest for the filling), very soft but not melty or greasy
  • 100g almond flakes
  • 140g poppy seeds
  • 100 g butter (reserve 1 tbsp for greasing)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp clear honey
  • 85g powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Preparation steps

  1. Combine flour, yeast, sugar, milk, eggs and ½ teaspoon salt in a freestanding mixer fitted with a dough hook and mix for 5 minutes, or place in a large bowl and mix with your hands for 10 minutes – the dough should look pretty sticky at this stage .
  2. Add the butter a little at a time, mixing after each addition until fully incorporated.
  3. Mix for a few more minutes until a smooth mixture forms.
  4. Place in a clean, oiled bowl, cover with oiled cling film and let rise at room temperature for 3 hours (in a cool place, otherwise the butter in the dough will start to melt), then place in the fridge and leave overnight (you can Use dough immediately, but the taste will not be as good).
  5. Place the almonds in a large frying pan and toast them for a few minutes until they begin to brown. Then add the poppy seeds and roast for a few more minutes until aromatic. Allow to cool completely.
  6. Place the cooled seeds and nuts in a food processor along with butter, vanilla and honey and mix into a smooth paste.
  7. If using dough from the refrigerator, remove it at least 3 hours (or until it reaches room temperature) before using.
  8. Generously grease a large bundt pan with butter (ours has a capacity of 2.5 liters).
  9. Transfer the dough to the work surface and knead it gently to remove the air bubbles.
  10. Roll out the dough into a rectangle about 35 x 45 cm and spread the poppy seed butter over the entire surface.
  11. Roll up the dough tightly, starting from one long side.
  12. Place the dough in a ring shape in the bundt pan with the seam side up, inserting one end into the other.
  13. Cover the tin with oiled cling film and let the dough rise for 30-40 minutes, or until it fills about ¾ of the tin.
  14. Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6.
  15. Uncover and bake for 35 minutes until golden brown.
  16. In the meantime, for the glaze, mix the powdered sugar and vanilla with 2 tablespoons of water.
  17. Turn the cake out onto a cake rack and spread the vanilla icing all over – apply until everything is used up.
  18. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information

Equipment and tools

For this recipe you will need the following equipment and tools:

  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 sieve
  • 1 greased loaf pan
  • 1 whisk or fork for beating the eggs
  • 1 pastry brush
  • 1 teaspoon

Allergen information

This Vanilla Poppy Seed Strudel Cake recipe contains the following allergens:

  • Dairy products (milk, butter)
  • Eggs
  • Tree nuts (almond flakes)

Storage and leftovers

Follow these guidelines to properly store vanilla poppy seed swirl cake and make the most of leftovers:

  1. Allow the cake to cool completely.
  2. Wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container to prevent it from drying out.
  3. You can store the cake at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  4. If you prefer to keep it longer, you can store the cake in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Make sure you bring it to room temperature before serving.
  5. If you have leftover slices, wrap them individually and store in an airtight container or freeze for up to a month.

Health Benefits of Vanilla Poppy Seed Swirl Cake

Vanilla Poppy Seed Strudel Cake not only tastes delicious but also offers several health benefits. Let’s take a closer look at the most important ingredients and their positive effect on our well-being.

1. “00” or biscuit flour

Using “00” or sponge cake flour in this recipe gives the cake a lighter texture compared to regular all-purpose flour. It also contains less gluten and is therefore suitable for people with gluten intolerance.

2. Dry yeast

Adding dry yeast not only helps the cake rise but also provides nutritional benefits. Yeast is an excellent source of B vitamins, including thiamine, riboflavin and niacin. These vitamins are essential for energy production and promoting a healthy nervous system.

3. Milk

Warm milk in the recipe adds moisture and tenderness to the cake. Milk is a good source of calcium, which is crucial for maintaining strong bones and teeth. It also contains proteins, vitamins and minerals necessary for overall health.

4 eggs

The addition of eggs gives the cake structure and body. Eggs are packed with high-quality protein, essential amino acids, and various vitamins and minerals. They are known to promote healthy brain function, support eye health, and aid muscle recovery.

5. Poppy seeds

The addition of poppy seeds not only provides a delicious crunch, but also offers numerous health benefits. Poppy seeds are a rich source of fiber, which aids digestion and helps maintain a healthy weight. They are also packed with essential minerals like calcium, iron and magnesium.

6. Sweetheart

To enhance the sweetness of the cake, clear honey is used. Honey is a natural sweetener that provides various antioxidants. It also has antibacterial properties and can help with coughs and sore throats.

7. Powdered sugar

Although powdered sugar doesn’t offer any significant health benefits, it does add a touch of sweetness and a visually appealing finishing touch to the cake. Remember to consume it in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

8. Vanilla extract

Vanilla extract not only provides a wonderful flavor and aroma, but it also contains antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from cell damage, reduce inflammation and promote overall well-being.

By combining these healthy ingredients, the Vanilla and Poppy Seed Swirl Cake offers a delicious treat that also offers some nutritional value. Whether you enjoy a slice as dessert or enjoy it with a cup of tea, this cake is a delicious addition to any occasion.

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