Lime-poppy seed-yogurt cake

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10 min


10 wedges

* PLUS Baking Time: 45 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup poppy seeds , optional
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 limes
  • 1/2 cup butter , at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp almond extract , or vanilla
  • 1 cup Balkan-style yogurt , not low fat
  • fresh berries


  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Lightly butter or spray a 9-inch (23-cm) springform pan. In a small bowl, using a fork, stir flour with poppy seeds, if using, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Finely grate peels from limes. Squeeze out juice. You should have about 2 tsp (10 mL) peel and 1/4 cup (50 mL) juice (do not use more than this). In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter until creamy. Gradually beat in sugar, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl with a spatula. Beat in eggs and almond extract until well blended. Beat in yogurt, lime peel and juice. Using a large wooden spoon or spatula, gently stir in flour mixture until blended. Batter will be quite thick. Scrape into pan, then smooth top.
  • Bake in centre of 350F (180C) oven until a cake tester inserted into centre comes out clean and centre of cake springs back when pressed, from 45 to 50 minutes. If top becomes golden before cake is baked, loosely cover with foil for remaining baking time. Let cake cool on a rack 5 minutees before removing springform sides. Slice into wedges. Serve warm or at room temperature with berries. Cake is best eaten the day it’s made.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 318,
  • Protein
  • 5.8 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 43 g,
  • Fat
  • 14 g,
  • Fibre
  • 1.3 g,
  • Sodium
  • 525 mg.