When Annamarie invites me to her home for cake, I drop everything. I know the cake will be sublime, and her recipe well-tested and flawless; she spares no detail to assure you won’t fumble. The finest cakes are often the centerpiece of celebrations, so it’s critical that the recipe be well-organized and easy to follow.
Annamarie tells me this is a sturdy cake, travels well and serves up to 20 guests. The following recipe makes a 9-inch round cake. It may also be made in a sheet pan, then sliced into rectangles for layering, or the recipe doubled and baked in 12-inch cake pans to serve a large crowd. She plans to make the cake layers in four, half-sheet pans for a graduation party soon.
Annamarie waited tables at The Earle restaurant in downtown Ann Arbor in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Two popular desserts were a cassata and a poppy seed cake, and she says this Chocolate-Poppy Seed Cake tastes like a combination of the two.
“It’s another tried and true recipe that has become a favorite of many people. My son, in particular, loves this cake. We both agree that the filling is culinary genius!”
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