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Cream Cheese and Poppy Seed Cakes


Fluted brioche molds make these individual vanilla cakes blossom. Sweetened cream cheese adds a fluffy dimension, and a sprinkling of poppy seeds lends a bit of crunch.

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  • Yield: Makes 12 small cakes

Photography: Gentl and Hyers

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2005


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for molds
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising), plus more for molds
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, plus 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whipped cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter twelve 3 1/2-inch brioche molds or a standard 12-cup muffin tin. Dust with flour; tap out excess. Whisk flour and salt in a medium bowl. Put butter and granulated sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; cream on medium speed until light and fluffy. Mix in eggs and yolks, 1 at a time. Add vanilla and 1 1/2 teaspoons water; mix until combined. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined, scraping down sides as needed. Spoon 1/3 cup batter into each mold.

  2. Beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar in the clean bowl of the electric mixer on low speed until creamy and combined. Spoon 1 tablespoon mixture onto batter in each mold; sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake until a cake tester comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes; transfer cakes to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve dusted with confectioners' sugar.

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  • triciat76hotma
    19 NOV, 2016
    I made this and everyone loved it.
  • xenawarriorprincess
    16 FEB, 2009
    I really loved this recipe, as did my husband. It's not too sweet, but very rich and moist. I made it with a jumbo cupcake pan.
  • angelalysun
    5 JUN, 2008
    My husband loved this recipe. Very yummy:)