Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake

Pop Roc Parties Lemon and Poppy Seed CakeIt’s no secret I LOVE baking, especially when I have guests coming it’s always a great way to try out something new!

Years ago I use to make lemon and poppy-seed muffins sprinkled with sugar and saturated with lemon juice, sadly I stopped making them as I was the only one who would eat them

Pop Roc Parties Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake Flatlay

So when I was planning my PARTY FLATLAYS for April, the theme was CAKE.

I really wanted something quite contrasted that would be easy to whip up (I’m no cake decorator!!)

I thought I would try lemon with contrasting poppy seeds and then a pink icing to contrast the yellow of the cake

Pop Roc Parties Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake with HandHere is my take on a Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake:


This recipe makes a three-layered 20cm cake, you can half the recipe if you like


2/3 Cup poppy seeds or two boxes of poppy seeds

1 1/2 Cups milk

4 Cups plain flour

2 Teaspoons of baking powder

400 Grams softened, diced butter

Finely grated zest from one large lemon

1 Cup of castor sugar

6 Free-range eggs

½ Cup freshly squeezed lemon juice


½ Cup castor sugar

3/4 Cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Shredded zest from one large lemon


Pre-heat oven to 160C 

Grease and line three 20cm round cake tins

Mix milk and poppy seeds in a small bowl; set aside.

Place butter, sugar and rind in bowl of electric mixer and mix until combined.

Scrape down sides of bowl, then beat in eggs one at a time.

Add flour, lemon juice, and milk poppy-seed mixture and stir until just combined.

Scrape into the pan and bake for around 40-50 minutes

[if cake browns too quickly cover loosely with foil].

When cake is ready leave in tin.

Meanwhile, make syrup: place all ingredients into small saucepan and stir over low heat until sugar dissolves.

Increase heat and boil for five minutes or until thick.

Using a skewer make a few holes in cake then pour over the syrup.


Can of black Doris plums

250 Grams cream cheese (not lite)

150 Grams soft butter

320 Grams icing sugar

1 Teaspoon of vanilla extract

Separate about 5 plums from the juice and remove the stones

Whip the cream cheese and butter together in a stand mixer until smooth

Gradually add the icing sugar, then plums and vanilla extract once the icing is creamy and thick, add a spoonful of plum juice until you reach the desired pink tone

Once the cakes have cooled assemble, ice with the plum cream cheese icing and drizzle with extra plum juice.

x Enjoy


Mary Poppins Birthday Party

Mary Poppins Party Dessert Table

As part of Moomookacho’s monthly magical days calendar I loved the idea of Mary Poppins day and jumped at the chance to celebrate Mary Poppins day by sharing my daughter’s Mary Poppin’s themed 5th birthday party

2015 Magical Days CalendarMake sure you pop over and check out these monthly calendars as they are a great way to celebrate and teach your children interesting celebrations!

Mary Poppins Party Whole Set Up

Inspired by Sharnel Dollar’s Mary Poppins party and Loralee Lewis’s ‘Jolly Holiday‘ collection she created for Sharnel I created this simple 5th birthday party

Mary Poppins Dessert Table Close Up

It was really fun putting together the details

Mary Poppins Party Mary

We had our very own Mary Poppins come to the party and paint the children’s faces

Mary Poppins Party Side Walk Drawings

Mary Poppins Party Sophia Side Walk Drawing

We did side-walk drawings

Mary Poppins Party Kite


Mary Poppins City Skyline

City skyline

Mary Poppins Party Medicine


Mary Poppins Party Table Setting

Table setting details

Mary Poppins Party Drink Station

Drink station

Mary Poppins Party Sophia Jumbo Balloon

The party food included:


Penguin lollies


Kite cookies


Umbrella sandwiches

Mary Poppins Party Spoon Full of Sugar

Spoon full of sugar cake pops

Mary Poppins Party A Spoonful of Sugar Cupcake


Mary Poppins Party Popcorn


Mary Poppins Party Marshmallows


Mary Poppins Party Ruffle Carousel Birthday Cake

And a Simple ruffle carousel cake

Mary Poppins Party Kids Picking Food

For more inspiration take a look at our Mary Poppins party pinboard

Mary Poppins Party Sophia in front of Table


Party supplies – Pop Roc Parties

Lemonade stand + canopy + compotes + cake stands + crate – Pop Roc Parties Hire (coming soon!)

Kids trestle table + bench seats – Partini

Invitations + Banner + Straw Flags + Cupcake Toppers – Loralee Lewis

Cake – Anuska Vitasovich

Cookies – Sugar Mama

Penguin Lollies – Crazy Candies

Mary Poppins Costume – Maskerade Costume Hire

Photographer – Nadine Canestri Photography