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German Poppy Seed Streusel Cake

Another German dish?! Yup, what can I say, I am in love with my countries cuisine :)
This time I asked my friend Dawn from Spatulas On Parade to show me a typical American cake and in exchange I show her a typical German one. I decided to go with one of our most loved coffee cakes – A German Poppy Seed Streusel Cake!

Dawn on the other side is showing off her Classic Pineapple Upside Down Cake today. Of course I have a picture and link to the recipe for you later on at the bottom of this post :)

Generally German cakes are very dry. But that has it’s reason. When we say coffee cake, we mean coffee cake – we actually dip our cakes in our afternoon coffee (or in hot chocolate if you’re a kid haha). Now if our cakes would be fluffy we would have the biggest mess ever in our coffee cup :) Not happening with a cake like this! Dippable (not sure if that’s a word), yet full of flavors! So if you want a real German “adventure”, you bake this and serve it with some coffee, hot chocolate or even plain warm milk. I can promise you, you will not regret it!
Flavorwise this cake is not too sweet (just the right amount) and the poppy seed layer gives it such a beautiful earthiness … YUM!

german poppy seed streusel cake recipe

German Poppy Seed Streusel Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
What you need
The Filling:
  • 2 oz. poppy seeds
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ⅓ cup instant vanilla pudding powder (maybe more to make it thicker)
The Cake:
  • 1⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
The Streusel:
  • 1¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup butter, cold
  • ½ cup sugar
  • A pinch of cinnamon
How you make it
Start by making the Filling:
  1. In a small bowl combine all filling ingredients
  2. Stir well and let rest until thick
Meanwhile prepare the rest:
  1. Preheat you oven to 395 F
  2. Line a 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper
  3. In a large bowl combine all cake ingredients until smooth
  4. Spread out the batter in the baking dish
  5. In another large bowl combine flour, butter, sugar and cinnamon for the Streusel
  6. Mix just with fingertips until crumbly (like you would make a pie dough)
  7. Now if the filling isn't thick enough to be spread out, add some more pudding powder
  8. Once it is spread filling all over the bottom cake layer
  9. Crumble the streusel all over the filling
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes
*** See explanation on top on how to eat it best :)

And here is the Classic Pineapple Upside Down Cake I was talking about earlier! Doesn’t it look absolutely delicious! I think Dawn has done a great job here! And I will for sure try her recipe for this American Classic :)


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  1. Poppy Seed has always been one of my very favorite cakes. I can’t get enough of it when I start eating it. I haven’t had it in over 6 years… since candida struck. I sure do miss it.

  2. yummy looks great but the pineapple upside down cake is mouthwatering :-)

  3. I’m loving that pineapple upside down cake. I’ve never had a poppy seed cake before. Sounds interesting. Not sure if I’ll be able to make it but it might be fun trying. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks for sharing and it was as good as it looks. I love German cake. I was just telling my dh about them last night. I used to buy them at the bakery when I lived there. The marble chocolate covered pound cake…mmm mmm
    I love poppy seed so I’ll be fixing your cake for dh and his coffee time.

  5. That poppy seed streusel looks mighty delicious!! I don’t think I’ve ever used poppy seeds for anything but bread, but I sure like them!

  6. When I see cake in the title, I’m so there!! lol I saw the upside down cake on Dawn’s blog. So good too! I love cake that has crumbs on the top. Adding poppy seeds is something to try-and all for me! lol

  7. OMG Love Love Love!!!! I must give this a try for sure — especially for the Holiday season! Thanks for sharing!

  8. The streusel on top looks yummy.

  9. Oh now this is something i need to make! A German ANYTHING is heaven to my taste buds! This looks delicious!

  10. I am of German descent on my Dad’s side and my Grandma was a phenomenal baker (and cook as well)–I vaguely remember her making this cake as well as many others! Of course I was much younger then and not diabetic so now I have to try and figure out how to transform these yummy recipes to sugar free.

  11. I love your German recipes. My husband’s family immigrated from Germany many years ago but they still have some yummy recipes too. :)

  12. Oh wow that poppy seed cake looks delicious <3 and the pineapple upside down cake yummmy!

  13. Lovely! And that pineapple upside down cake is calling my name girlfriend!!

  14. Dov Shapira says:

    I think I would like to try baking one of the two this Sunday

  15. I LOVE poppy seeds! This is one I will be trying very soon. Thanks:)

  16. Love poppy seeds! This looks super good! I will have to try it soon! Thanks!

  17. I’ve got German in my family tree, but no one’s ever made anything like that! That looks divine!

  18. That cake looks amazing! I’ve never tried it before so I’m gonna have to!

  19. I’m not too crazy about poppy seeds, so I probably wouldn’t use quite as many. But I’m sure this would be great!

  20. I’m kinda intrigued by that poppy seed cake. I’d sure like to give it a try!

  21. these look yummy. for the pineapple upside down cake, i’d probably remove the pineapple for my kiddos haha!

  22. Those look delicious! I love coffee cake. I am not a fan of pineapple upside down cake even though I love pineapple. Not sure if its a texture thing or too sweet.

  23. I love your food pics and the pretty bokeh. Of course I would love to eat the food as well. Another winner in my book!

  24. Unfortunately I am allergic to poppyseed, but that pineapple upside down cake looks delicious

  25. I love your German Poppy Seed Streusel Cake, I usually buy it from our local German bakery, since I love Poppy Seeds and they bake such an awesome one. I tried myself but mine not so good.

  26. That pineapple upside down cake looks really good. The poppy seed cake is definitely different. It looks like it may be good to try.

  27. I grew up with poppy seed cake loaded on top with strussel. For christmas we alway’s enjoyed poppyseed stollen.The local baker added some rum to the filling. So pleased to know there is this amazing website. Of course the upside pineapple cake looks so yummy!! My mother’s birthday is coming, so I will be trying them! Thanks!

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