Poppy Seed Cake with Orange Marmalade, Inspired by Cappun Magru in Manarola, Cinque Terre

This month for #DolceVitaBloggers, I’m sharing a recipe for poppy seed cake with orange marmalade inspired by a recent visit to my favorite region, LIGURIA!

I got to meet Melissa Schollaert, my longtime Instagram friend, fellow Italophile, and very talented photographer, for a photo shoot in Manarola, Cinque Terre. We would start out every morning with coffee and breakfast at a little bar called Cappun Magru right down the hill from our AirBnB.

You might be wondering what poppy seed cake has to do with the Cinque Terre, and frankly, so did I at first! I think of poppy seed bread or muffins as typically American. However, I couldn’t resist reuniting with one of my old favorites, so I claimed the first slice of a freshly made cake for breakfast at Cappun Magru, traditional or not.

With the first bite, I knew that I had to re-create this poppy seed cake at home. It’s densely packed with poppy seeds that impart a slight nuttiness, while the orange marmalade brightens the rich cake with notes of citrus.

My favorite recipes are ones with a special memory attached to it. This poppy seed cake with always transport me to those blissful Cinque Terre mornings. I hope that you can make your own sweet memories with this recipe, too!

Want a slice?!

Here’s how to make it!

Orange Marmalade Poppy Seed Cake

A poppy seed cake densely packed with poppy seeds that impart a slight nuttiness, with orange marmalade that brightens the rich cake with notes of citrus.
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 45 days
Resting Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Author: italianatheart.com


  • 1/2 cup poppy seeds (70 grams/2.5 oz)
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 jar orange marmalade



  • Soak the poppy seeds in 1/2 cup boiling water for 1 hour (this will help bring out their nutty flavor). The poppy seeds will soak up most of the water, but you can strain out any excess after they are done soaking.
  • Preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  • Butter an 8 inch springform pan, then lightly dust it with flour. Tap off any excess.

Dry Ingredients

  • Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together and set aside.

Wet Ingredients

  • Cream together the butter and sugar with a mixer at high speed for around three minutes until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides if necessary.
  • Add the poppy seeds and mix until combined at medium speed. Then add the eggs one by one, beating in between. Finally, mix in the vanilla and almond extract.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture until just combined.


  • Pour the batter into the springform pan and bake for 45 minutes.
  • Check for doneness by inserting a knife in the middle of the cake to make sure it comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool at least 2 hours and then spread orange marmelade over the top.
  • Enjoy as breakfast or dessert. Buon appetito!


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LuLu B - Calabrisella Mia

That looks absolutely delicious! I’ve never seen or tried poppy seed cake before, but I sure wouldn’t turn down a slice of it! πŸ™‚

Lucy and Kelly
1 year ago

This recipe looks delicious and you look gorgeous as always Kelly. Our favourite recipes are the ones with memories attached to them too! πŸ™‚
Lucy and Kelly xx

1 year ago

This looks yummy. I got turned off poppy seeds when I had. Races, but that was a long time ago, so I should bring them back! Manarola is so beautiful. I stayed in Vernazza last week, and hiked from corniglia to Manarola via Volastra, the more inland hike. It was breathtaking, but the polpo panino with pesto place was closed by the time we got thereπŸ™. Ciao, Cristina

1 year ago
Reply to  Cristina

That should say β€˜braces’

1 year ago

I’ve never had a poppy cake, the closest thing I’ve tried is the lemon poppyseed loaf at Starbucks. So shameful! I’ll be making this ASAP. Thanks for the recipe and the beautiful photos. Love, Jasmine (questadolcevita.com). #DolceVitaBloggers

1 year ago

This looks so delicious Kelly and something a bit different which is always great. I’m adding to my recipe book! Your photos are amazing! It really makes you feel like that cake is in front of you! Nom nom nom! Xx


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