If you’re a poppy seed lover like me,then this cake is for you.The cake is very scrumptious and consists of lots and lots of poppy seeds and walnuts.Dulce de leche frosting enhances the cake and makes it divine.I tried making this cake using different flours,and my best pick considering the taste and health wise is spelt and almond flour( or spelt by itself).You can use regular white flour or whole wheat pastry flour also.
To make the process quicker,I like to bake meringue layer a day before Im baking the cake.
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoon baking soda + 1 tablespoon vinegar combined
1 3/4 cups poppy seeds
1 cup walnuts
1 cup pastry whole wheat flour*
* you can substitute for all-purpose white flour or spelt flour
1 can dulce de leche
12 ozs. cream cheese (1 1/2 package cream cheese)
1 stick butter room temperature.
1 cup heavy whipping cream or 8 ozs cool whip ( I prefer heavy cream )
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons sugar
(mix together,let it cool)
3 egg whites
1 cup sugar
a pinch cream of tartar
Prepare a lined 10 inch springform pan.
Heat oven to 200 degrees.
Beat egg whites with sugar and cream of tartar on high speed until the peeks are stiff and glossy.
Transfer to the cake pan. Spread meringue evenly. Bake for 3 1/2 -4 hours. leave it to cool and continue drying overnight in the oven ( best results)
Pre heat oven to 325 degrees.
In a mini blender,pulse and chop walnuts together with poppy seeds.
Beat eggs with sugar until fluffy and pale in color.
Sift flour and combine poppy seeds and baking soda with vinegar.
Gently mix in flour poppyseed walnut mix.
Line the bottom of the 10 inch pan with parchment paper.
Grease or spray the sides and bottom of the pan.
Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out dry and clean.Let cool.
Dulce de Leche frosting:
Beat cream cheese with butter.
Add dulce de leche and beat until well combined.
Gradually Pour in heavy whipping and vanilla, beat until cream thickens.**
**Or replace with cool whip
Slice the cake in half.
Moist (a little) the cake layer with syrup using spoon or spray.
Spread dulce de leche frosting.
Place the meringue layer on top. Add more cream and spread.
Moist ( a little) and place third layer on top of the meringue layer.
Spread frosting on sides and top of the cake.
Decorate as desired.
You can use this flour,regular white flour ,or spelt and almond flour.