My Mom was always baking something for her large family of 7. We rarely ate store bought desserts, breads or candy. One of Mom's most impressive desserts was her Chiffon Poppy Seed Cake. An amusing memory I have about this cake was that whenever it got baked we knew one thing was sure to be happening - a TUPPERWARE PARTY! Growing up in small town, Humboldt, Saskatchewan, a tupperware party was quite the event. All of us children had to help Mom clean the house until it sparkled while she baked an amazing collection of cakes and squares to serve all the ladies.
One of my most treasured cookbooks is Mom's Hilroy scribbler of favourite recipes.
Chiffon Poppy Seed Cake
- Part I
- 2 cups cake flour
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 3 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp salt
- Part II
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 7 unbeaten egg yolks
- ¾ cup cold water
- 2 tsp vanilla
- ½ cup poppy seeds
- Part III
- 1 cup egg whites
- ½ tsp cream of tartar
- In large bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt (Part I ingredients)
- Sift 4 times.
- In separate bowl (do not mix) put oil, egg yolks, water, vanilla. (Part II ingredients)
- Make a well in flour mix and add egg yolk mix.
- Mix together with hand mixer until blended.
- Blend in poppy seeds.
- In large mixing bowl whip egg whites and cream of tartar with mixer on high speed until stiff.
- Fold batter into egg whites until blended.
- Pour into tube baking pan.
- Bake 50 to 60 mins at 325 degrees.
- Invert upside down to cool.
- Serve with berries and Chantilly Cream.