Greek Yogurt & Olive Oil Orange Poppy Seed Pound Cake

Greek Yogurt & Olive Oil Orange Poppy Seed Pound Cake I suspect by now most of you are on to me and my citrus addiction. But guess what guys?! There’s no stop in sight. No end that is near. No… um, I dunno. Basically what I’m saying is let’s ride this bright and cheery citrus train together, ok? I’ll bring the cake ;)

Greek Yogurt & Olive Oil Orange Poppy Seed Pound Cake

Greek Yogurt & Olive Oil Orange Poppy Seed Pound Cake

Greek Yogurt & Olive Oil Orange Poppy Seed Pound Cake

Greek Yogurt & Olive Oil Orange Poppy Seed Pound Cake This cake is light, moist, and bursting with vibrant orange flavor. I also added a good handful of poppy seeds because they add a pretty color contrast to the interior, as well as a pleasant crunch. Good stuff!

Greek Yogurt & Olive Oil Orange Poppy Seed Pound Cake

The orange flavor is present in both the cake itself, as well as the simple orange glaze that gets drizzled on top. So luscious. I love it.

Greek Yogurt & Olive Oil Orange Poppy Seed Pound Cake

Greek Yogurt & Olive Oil Orange Poppy Seed Pound Cake

This cake is also made with Greek yogurt and olive oil, so the flavor is unique and lighter than your typical pound cake. A for sure good thing if you like to have more than one slice… And who doesn’t!?

Greek Yogurt & Olive Oil Orange Poppy Seed Pound Cake

Greek Yogurt & Olive Oil Orange Poppy Seed Pound Cake

Here’s the recipe. And have an awesome Tuesday :) xo

Greek Yogurt & Olive Oil Orange Poppy Seed Pound Cake

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup full-fat greek yogurt
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large organic orange, zested and juiced; divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F).
  2. Generously grease a 8½ by 4¼ by 2½-inch loaf pan and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Pour the sugar into a separate medium-sized mixing bowl and grate all the zest from the orange over top the bowl so it falls on the sugar. Rub the zest into the sugar until the sugar is bright orange and fragrant. Slice the orange in half and squeeze its liquid into a glass measuring cup. Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl whisk together the yogurt, eggs and vanilla. Add 1/2 of the orange juice, and stir to combine. Stir in sugar.
  6. Gently whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ones, stirring just until incorporated. Switch to a rubber spatula and fold in the oil, stirring until you're sure it’s all incorporated.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top.
  8. Bake the cake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until the top is golden and a cake tester comes out of the middle clean.
  9. *While the cake is baking, make your glaze! Simply whisk together the remaining orange juice and the powdered sugar till smooth.
  10. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan using the sides of the parchment paper. Place cake on a large sheet of parchment paper, then pour glaze over the top, letting it run down the sides.
  11. Let the cake cool to room temperature or serve warm (with ice cream?).
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19 Responses to Greek Yogurt & Olive Oil Orange Poppy Seed Pound Cake

  1. I love that you’ve used greek yogurt and olive oil here. What a fantastic recipe!

  2. I’m so glad there is no end in sight for this addiction. Love love citrus. The use if olive oil is brilliant!!

  3. Meg says:

    Oooh, this looks so good. Anything poppy seed usually attracts my attention, and this looks mouth-watering!

  4. I LOVE your citrus addiction! Keep ‘em coming!

  5. I love all the citrus things you post! Something about having citrus in the winter gives me hope for spring being around the corner. This pound cake looks amazing!

  6. I’m totally hopping aboard this citrus train! LOVE.

  7. Loving the citrus!!! Looks GREAT!!

  8. I absolutely love anything poppyseed flavoured though I’ll admit I don’t think I’ve ever tried it with orange. I have a feeling I could fall in love with this though!!

  9. Yum!! Love the addition of yogurt and olive oil!

  10. Norma says:

    Yay for olive oil and yogurt because I will want more a couple of slices or so.

  11. Medeja says:

    I can almost smell the orange.. those pictures of a cake are amazing!

  12. I love the orange slices on top & the drippy glaze! pinned

  13. Gorgeous citrus pound cake, Ashley! I just adore citrus and love working together the zest and sugar when baking with it. Love that you used olive oil and yogurt, too. That means we can eat more, right? Thanks for sharing!

  14. I all all over citrus right now too. It is so good! Love this cake!

  15. What a gorgeous pound cake, love the bright citrus and poppy seeds!

  16. While I love pound cake, I love its lighter cousin made with greek yogurt. Plus who doesnt go nuts over citrus?

  17. Kathryn says:

    This is total pound cake perfection!

  18. Evie says:

    Olive oil + orange + poppy seeds = genius!

  19. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    The speckle from the poppy seeds are absolutely beautiful!

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