Cities Restaurant Poppy Seed Cake

Today’s 5 star secret recipe comes from Cities Restaurant in Los Angeles.  This polished hangout offers elevated American comfort fare and cocktails.  They make a wonderful pound cake with butter and poppy seeds.  Give this recipe a try, it’s really delicious.


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Cities Restaurant Poppy Seed Cake
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3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, plus more for preparing pan
2 1/4 cups flour, plus more for preparing pan
1 cup poppy seeds
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a 10-inch tube pan. Set aside.

Combine the poppy seeds, honey and water in a saucepan and cook over low heat until the water evaporates, stirring frequently, 4 to 5 minutes. Cool.

Cream together the butter, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the sour cream, poppy seed mixture, salt and lemon juice at low speed, combining thoroughly.

Sift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Add the flour mixture to the poppy seed mixture. Beat at low speed until thoroughly combined.

Pour the batter into the pan. Bake until the cake draws away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Cover with foil if the cake browns too quickly. Remove the cake from the pan and cool to lukewarm.

Lemon glaze:
6 tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 cup powdered sugar

Combine the lemon juice and powdered sugar in a saucepan. Bring to boil and cook until a thin syrup is formed, 1 to 2 minutes. Brush the glaze over the lukewarm cake.

Serves 12

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Source: LA Times

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