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!”
Memorial Day picnics, graduation parties, weddings, showers and anniversaries. In the coming weeks you may be called upon to create a celebratory dish or two. Pound cakes are wonderful spring and summer desserts as the center hole of a bundt or fluted cake pan creates an ideal “vase” to insert fresh seasonal flowers or herbs. This cake (which … Full recipe post »
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