This recipe originally came from Jane – and I’ve been meaning to share it for a while. It was a crowd pleaser at a recent family birthday party…

Ingredients:
250g butter
1.5 cups caster sugar
2 cups plain flour
2.5 tsp baking powder
.75 cups milk
.5 cup poppy seeds
1 tsp vanilla
Finely grated orange rinds from 2-3 oranges
2 eggs
Dark chocolate shavings to decorate
Glaze:
1 cup freshly squeezed orange
1 cup caster sugar
Method
1. Cream butter and sugar
2. Add eggs and milk, individually beating well after each
3. Sift flour and baking powder, and fold into butter mixture
4. Fold in poppy seeds, vanilla and orange rind
5. Spoon into greased round tin or ring tin
6. Bake 180c 40-50 mins
7. Stand in tin 30 mins and turn out to cool
Glaze
1. Combine in saucepan and stir till dissolved
2. Bring to boil and simmer 5 minutes
3. When cake is cool, pierce all over with a skewer and pour half of syrup over cake
4. Serve cake with cream or syrup