Lemon Poppy Seed Angel Food Cake

Lemon Poppy Seed Angel Food Cake

Inspired by The Great British Bake Off, I set out to buy my own angel food cake tin and managed to nab the last one left in my local kitchen shop. The shop assistant told me I was very lucky as she’d had people in all day looking for them after watching GBBO, so I’m not the only one! I’m glad I did get one in the end though because although my cake may not have won the technical challenge, if I had been on GBBO, it still tastes delicious and it’s something I will definitely be making again.

Lemon Poppy Seed Angel Food Cake

I was very pleased with the taste of my cake and the texture was very pleasant but it didn’t rise as much as I’d hope, possibly from mixing the egg whites a little too much. In terms of appearance, well, it could be worse but my cake icing attempt would definitely not go down well with Mary or Paul!

Things I learned from GBBO:

  • Do not line or grease the tin
  • Leave the cake cool upside down
  • Salt is not sugar

Things I learned from my own attempt:

  • If using a wine bottle neck to let the cake cool upside down, make sure the neck fits the tin…
  • If your cake looks ugly, ice it.

Lemon Poppy Seed Angel Food Cake

I’m taking part in the Great Bloggers Bake Off, which involves creating your own version of the recipes featured on The Great British Bake Off. It’s ran by The Crazy Kitchen and Mummy Mishaps and you can read more about it here. This weeks options are a sandwich cake, angel food cake or a chocolate show stopper cake. As tempted as I was to try the chocolate one, I’d never made an angel food cake and was curious to try it out. There is also a #GBBOBakeAlong happening over at Bakers Annonymous.


Lemon Poppy Seed Angel Food Cake

I love how it looks like a giant doughnut! I think Homer Simpson would be proud.

Lemon Poppy Seed Angel Food Cake
Serves 8
A GBBO inspired angel food cake with lemon and poppy seeds
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
For the cake
  1. 125g (1 cup) plain flour
  2. 300g (1 + 1/4 cup) caster sugar
  3. 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  4. 10 large free-range egg whites or 1 + 1/4 cup full
  5. Zest of 2 large lemons
  6. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  7. 1 tsp cream of tartar
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
For the icing
  1. 200g (2 cups) icing sugar
  2. Juice of 1 lemon
  3. 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  4. (optional) grated lemon zest for decoration
  1. Preheat oven to 180c.
  2. Sift the flour and 100g of the sugar together in a bowl. Mix in the poppy seeds and set aside for later.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites with a hand held mixer on high speed until frothy. Add the lemon juice, zest, cream of tartar and salt. Continue whisking until soft peaks are formed. Add the remaining sugar 1 tbsp at a time, whisking on a high speed until firm (but NOT stiff) peaks are formed.
  4. Fold in one third of the flour mixture and carefully mix with the egg whites, keeping as much air in the mixture as possible. Repeat with the other two thirds.
  5. Pour the batter into a 10in angel food cake tin and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove from the oven and immediately turn upside down onto the tin’s cooling legs, or place over the neck of a wine bottle. Leave to cool in the tin for at least one hour.
  7. To remove the cake, use a palette knife to loosen the edges of the cake from the tin and the bottom of the pan. Leave to cool for a while.
  8. To make the icing, simply mix the icing sugar, lemon juice and butter together with a hand held whisk until very thick.
  9. To decorate, spread the icing over the cake so all the top part is covered and let it drip down the sides. Sprinkle some fresh lemon zest on the top for decoration. Enjoy!
Adapted from Mary Berry's Angel food cake with lemon curd
Wallflower Girl http://wallflowergirl.co.uk/

Lemon Poppy Seed Angel Food Cake

Have you been inspired by the Great British Bake Off? What have you made or what are you tempted to make?


  1. says

    wow this looks very pretty. ths shows me two things i have never made before – an angel cake and a cake containing lemon and poppy seeds. Both of which i will rectify with time.
    I think it rose well and i did smile to myself when I picture all the cook shops up and down the country having high sales of angel food cakew tins this week.
    next week the theme is bread – be great to see you again and thank you for linking up x
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    • Aimee says

      Thank you Jenny :-) Well never making your own angel food cake is understandable but imagine never before baking your own bread?! I’ve ashamed to say I haven’t and have been meaning to for such a long time. Look forward to it next week!

  2. says

    Oh my gosh, your desserts are becoming attractive and mouthwatering for me! Thanks for the tips about GBBO, interesting that you’ve to leave the cake cool upside down. Hehe, I like that tip: If your cake looks ugly, ice it. I thought I read, “EAT IT.” hehe! Such a beautiful cake…

    • Aimee says

      have you been watching GBBO over there?? It was my first time trying angel food cake and it’s quite a unique baking experience!

  3. says

    Hi Aimee,
    I have so enjoyed going through your beautiful pictures and recipes. I am so inspired by your style.
    I have to say, this cake looks way too good to just look at. I think I might have to give it a try, like very soon!
    Thanks for your lovely inspiration.
    ~ Marie

    • Aimee says

      Thank you for such a lovely comment, Marie :-) You have just made my day! I too am inspired by your photos and recipes, I’m planning on trying a few of them soon and will let you know how they turn out x

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