I made the ubiquitous lemon poppy seed muffins a couple of weeks ago and I have to say that whilst I love them, they are pretty standard fare compared to something like this which is – frankly – bloody exquisite sounding. And looking, for that matter. Bravo.
Looks delish! True story: at my high school, participating in extracurricular activities required consenting to random drug testing. One morning, I got called in for a test after eating a huge poppy seed muffin for breakfast. A friend teased me that my test was going to come back positive, but I laughed it off. Sure enough, several weeks later, a school counselor called my mom (laughing) and told her that my test results were “possibly positive” for opium. So there you go – it can happen! (Side note: love the poppy seed kolachky shout-out! My mom is from Chicago and makes it every Christmas, it’s a beloved tradition in our family.)
cake looks good. there was a case of poppy seed defense several years ago in a northern Chicago suburb. funny because poppy seeds, sad because someone died (and killer was acquitted from drug charges).
I have to say–I am one who did have poppy seeds register as heroin in a blood test! I was around 8 and just had a routine blood test at the pediatrician and when it came back, they asked if I’d had poppy seeds because of the elevation in my blood and sure enough–had a poppy bagel for breakfast before coming to the appointment!
Oooh love me some poppy seed cake! I might have to make one this weekend! I need some lemon in mine though. Thanks for the reminder about this great cake! I’ll remember to “get high’ while I’m eating it. :)
I, too, am not crazy about lemon poppyseed, but I do go wild for almond poppyseed. For awhile, I was able to get an almond poppyseed muffin mix at the supermarket, but slowly but surely I stopped being able to find it, and have not seen it for several years now. I am definitely trying this recipe to fill that void! Looks delicious!
Tim- Do you happen to have a kolachky recipe?? My roommate in college was from a Polish family and she made them for us twice a year. I’ve never been able to recreate her cookies and this post reminded me, you might be the best person to ask (because she won’t give her recipe away) :)!
So glad I found this website and am definitely going to make some poppy treats soon. I would love to add L + D to my Google Reader, but the feed link seems to not work? Just wondered if anyone else was having trouble.
Yum for this cake! Several years ago, I made my husband a poppyseed cake for his birthday, ate it every day for breakfast for a week, then was hospitalized for a fluke episode of atrial fibrilation. The doctor did not believe me when I told him all I take is Advil, he just rolled his eyes and said I must be on vicodine or percoset or something. My whole family and I were flipping out about the drug test, until a phlebotomist came in and said, very casually, ” did you eat poppyseeds or something?” You should have seen my Dad chasing the doctor down to explain at I’m not a pill-popper. Ha! BTW, no connection between the heart issue and the cake, just a coincidence!
Just discovered your blog! Love it! How did it take me this long??
I love the look of this cake…I also happen to be a big fan of poppy seeds. Don’t know what it is about them, but they make me happy!
The photos are gorgeous & are making me seriously hungry!
My mom had to have a job-related drug test – either as part of being hired or getting certified as an R.N. – and they specifically warned her avoid poppyseeds. She went with oatmeal rather than a bagel that morning!
I made this tonight and it is divine. It embodies all that you describe and more. Thank you for sharing such a perfectly simple, but rich and delicate, cake. I follow your blog and have made many items, but this one is my favorite cake so far. Thank you!
I used to work in pharmaceutical testing, and we had a research participant who denied all drug use and was in the estimation of our psychiatrist to be a reliable person who tested positive for opiates. She was confused and we mentioned the poppy seed thing, and she goes “OH. MY. GOD! [Grocery store] had poppy seed muffins on sale and I ate like 3 of them the night before because they were so good and I hadn’t had them in forever.”
This sounds great! I’m going to make it on Monday,There is bakery in Vancouver, B.C. that makes a poppy seed bread with a solid sweetened poppy seed swirl taking up about 70% of bread! Do any of you poppy seed lovers know the name of the place?
nbm, they absorb some of the water. It softens them up. My recommendation would be to try the original before adding almond meal. The texture is what makes this so special, and the meal will change that. (although I also love almonds)
Hello! Just popping by to say I made this cake yesterday, instead of doing much needed revision for uni exams.., but i have absolutely no regrets! :) ive never made anything with poppy seeds before so not sure what its MEANT to taste like, but its really nice and i love the texture especially. Thank you very much indeed, you have a wonderful site i have basically lived on whilst putting off the dreaded work and i will continue to make your recipes with utter faith they will turn out deliciously :)
Deborah Plant:::: One bakery in Vancouver which has what you’re looking for is European Breads. http://europeanbreads.com/
I myself have been looking for a bakery which sells caraway rye bread- with whole caraway seeds inside. So easy to get in Prague but not in Van.
This cake is currently baking in my oven….looking forward to trying it tomorrow with my Czech friends!
This photo was highlighted today and I just had to tell you that I’ve made this poppy seed cake and the carmel cake several times since you posted them. It’s just recently that I made Edna Lewis’ Busy Day Cake, but it won’t be the last. Thanks for the introduction. I usually make a half recipe and bake it in a loaf pan to limit what eat.
Hi Tim, I was wondering what your opinion was about swapping all-purpose flour in this cake for oat flour (I grind myself from unrolled, whole oats)? I was hoping it might lower the carb count… Any insight? Also, all-purpose flour is not to be found in the country I live in, jut bread flour or cake flour (I mix the two usually, with varying ratios depending on the task at hand). Thanks!
Hi Kelsey- I don’t have a lot of experience with oat flour, so I don’t have a good answer. I don’t believe there is much (if any?) difference in carbs between the two…though obviously oats are healthier in other ways. In any case, I would probably stick with all-purpose (or cake).
My fiancé eat a polish poppy seed cake couple of days in a raw and in the morning right before the test(he didn’t know that this might cause such a big problem now), and he failed his pre-employment drug test. If you know how we can prove that he doesn’t do drugs and he just eat that cake in the morning please email me in personal. I appreciate any help or advises regarding this issue. Thanks
While I never failed a test due to poppy seeds, my father did. And while I was a cook for the military, I was privvy to when each company was going to have their tests popped on them, as our group commander loved poppyseed muffins, but had agreed to have them off the menu on days units under his command would be tested.
I came up positive for trace opiates on a urine test for drugs. I don’t do any drugs, but had eaten a poppy seed roll two days before. This is not a “false positive,” as poppy seeds DO contain traces of opiates. But the amount is so minuscule that it has no impact, in terms of getting high. The opiates from the plant must be highly processed to be sufficiently concentrated for them to produce an intoxicating effect. The positive read I got for trace opiates was easily explained and dismissed. Hope that helps.
I did fail a poppyseed drug test once. Showed up positive for heroin and I’ve never done heroin! I had them retry the same sample hoping it was a failure in their lab and it still showed up. I thought they would be able to differentiate from poppyseed and heroin. but I guess not. The worst part was my counselor didn’t believe me, even though I’ve never failed a urine test before. They were like “This doesn’t happen. You’d have to eat 100 bagels.Check Google!” I guess their methadone propoganda videos tell them poppyseed doesn’t come up on UAs. But if that’s true, why does the military have a higher cut off points (by 1000?) and why do prisons ban poppyseeds in food? The nurse at the clinic did seem to believe me, though. I was like “but ask the Russian guy at the Peroshki stand! I bought all his poppyseed rolls!” I also baked a poppyseed almond cake that month (not from scratch though, from a box) which could have been the source.
Anyway.. I still love poppyseed cake items, I’m just more careful when I eat them. This item looks great.
I just made your cake! But I didn’t have a blender so.. I sort of skipped one of the steps, I hope it turns out okay. What happens if you skip the step with the poppy in the water? I did boil water, put the poppy seeds in, and let them sit for like 5 min.. and then put them into the batter. I hope that doesn’t mess it up too bad. So my question is, what’s the importance of the blender and the hour long sit step?
Oh great, answer him but not me. By the way, the cake ended up okay even though I didn’t use the blender. But I bought a can of filling, but it’s not as compressed as I’d like. I guess I should invest in a grinder of some sort?
Hi Sayre- Sorry to have missed your comment. The soaking softens the poppyseeds and then the blending just bruises them up a little to release some flavor. I would have guessed that the cake would still be good without the blender component…but maybe not what you found?