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Orange Poppy Seed Cake with Mascarpone Buttercream

Tender Orange Poppy Seed Cake layers with a delicious mascarpone frosting.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake
Keyword orange poppy seed
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 770
Author Olivia

Ingredients

Orange Poppy Seed Cake:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp orange zest from 1-2 large oranges
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup milk room temperature
  • 1/4 cup orange juice fresh squeezed, from 1/2 a large orange

Mascarpone Buttercream:

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter room temperature
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese softened but still chilled, 250g container
  • 4 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Assembly:

  • simple syrup optional
  • orange slices optional
  • orange leaves optional
  • poppy seeds optional

Instructions

Orange Poppy Seed Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour two 8" cake rounds and line with parchment.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, poppy seeds, and salt. Set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter, sugar and orange zest on med-high until pale and fluffy (about 3mins). Reduce speed and add eggs one at a time fully incorporating after each addition. Add vanilla.
  • Alternate adding flour mixture and milk & orange juice, beginning and ending with flour (3 additions of flour and 2 of milk & orange juice). Fully incorporating after each addition.
  • Bake for 25-30 mins or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean.
  • Place cakes on wire rack to cool for 10mins then turn out onto wire rack to cool completely.

Mascarpone Buttercream:

  • Beat butter until smooth. Slowly add in powdered sugar (1/2 cup at a time). Add vanilla and beat on med-high for 5mins.
  • Add mascarpone cheese and beat just until smooth and combined. Do not overbeat.

Assembly:

  • Place one layer of cake on a cake stand or serving plate. Drizzle with simple syrup if desired. Top with approximately 1 cup of buttercream, spread evenly. 
  • Repeat with remaining layer and apply a thin layer of frosting all over to crumb coat the cake. Chill for 20mins. You can leave the cake naked or fully frost the cake after chilling if desired.
  • Decorate the top with fresh orange slices, orange leaves, and poppy seeds if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 770kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 190mg | Sugar: 65g | Vitamin A: 1440IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 1.6mg