The recipe for this four-layer cake--with a pudding-like filling, unmistakable poppy seed flavor and soft whipped cream frosting--comes from Wisconsin's White Gull Inn.

Source: Midwest Living

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Recipe Summary

hands-on:
45 mins
total:
5 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
12
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a small bowl, soak poppy seeds in 3/4 cup milk and 11/2 teaspoons vanilla for 1 hour. Meanwhile, separate eggs. Let egg whites, yolks and the butter stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Grease two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans. Line bottoms with parchment paper; grease again and lightly flour. Set aside. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

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  • For filling: In a heavy medium saucepan, combine 1/2 cup sugar and the cornstarch. Gradually stir in 11/2 cups milk and the egg yolks. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour filling into a bowl. Cover the surface with plastic wrap and chill until completely cooled. Do not stir.

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  • For cake: Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add 11/2 cups sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, beating on medium to high speed until sugar is nearly dissolved. Alternately add flour mixture and poppy seed mixture, beating on low to medium speed after each addition just until combined. Thoroughly wash beaters.

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  • In another large bowl, beat egg whites on medium to high speed until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight when beaters are lifted). Gently fold egg whites into cake batter. Divide batter between prepared pans.

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  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes for 8-inch pans or 25 to 30 minutes for 9-inch pans or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

512 calories; total fat 27g; saturated fat 16g; polyunsaturated fat 2g; monounsaturated fat 7g; cholesterol 163mg; sodium 356mg; potassium 170mg; carbohydrates 61g; fiber 1g; sugar 45g; protein 7g; vitamin a 972IU; vitamin c 1mg; thiaminmg; riboflavinmg; niacin equivalents 1mg; vitamin b6mg; folate 48mcg; vitamin b12 1mcg; calcium 151mg; iron 2mg.

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