My dad and I were huge fans of Mohnkuchen when we lived in Germany. Mohnkuchen is made from poppy seeds. It was our favorite shared dessert. Last year I set out to figure out how to make it. There are several versions of Mohnkuchen, but I was searching to make one that was reminiscent of the version we ate while living in Neider Roden, Germany. None of the recipe I saw online looked remotely like it and almost all were missing the key flavor I was certain I remembered.
I finally found a recipe written in German that mentioned almond extract. I combined all the information I gathered into a sugar free whole wheat version for my father and it turned out delicious. Below I will give you the recipe for cooking it with honey or sugar. It is an unusual cake and is sure to be a conversation piece for its interesting appearance and unique flavor. This recipe calls for quite a few poppy seeds – I recommend getting them in bulk for a better price.
Kayla’s Mohnkuchen Recipe
½ cup Butter or Margarine
1 cup Sugar (or ½ cup Honey)
½ cup Unsweetened Applesauce
2 ½ cups Poppyseeds
1 cup Flour (or Whole Wheat Flour)
2 tsp. Baking Powder
½ tsp. Almond Extract
¾ cup Honey
¼ cup Water
¼ tsp. Almond Extract
- Preheat oven to 350 °F and lightly grease a 9×13 cake pan.
- Beat Sugar (or Honey) with Butter (or Margarine), add Applesauce and eggs.
- In a separate container mix Flour (or Whole Wheat Flour) and Baking Powder.
- Using a Vitamix or Food Processor process Poppy seeds until they look like a black flour and then mix in with the Flour mixture.
- Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, then add Almond Extract and mix thoroughly.
- Pour prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.
- While cake bakes make the topping. Add Honey and Water to a small pot and allow it to boil while stirring for up to 10 minutes. Once off heat add Almond Extact.
- Check to see if it is done by inserting a clean fork into center of the loaf until it comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes then turn out onto a plate.
- As the cake cools apply layers of topping allowing it to soak into the cake before applying the next layers. I sliced my finished cake in half and made it into a two layer cake.
- Allow to cool and enjoy!
I also made these as tiny cupcakes to give away during the holiday season. They were a huge hit!