Cheese and Poppy Seed Cake

This Cheese and Poppy Seed Cake is definitely one of the best poppy seed cakes we’ve ever eaten. If you like poppy seeds you will love this cheesecake.

My sister gave me this recipe and after I’ve tried it out became one of my favorites. Everything is made from scratch, even the crust. You can always change to biscuits crust if this work better for you.


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Cheese and Poppy Seed Cake

Cheese and Poppy Seed Cake

5 from 1 vote
This Cheese and Poppy Seed Cake is one of the best poppy seed cheesecakes ever. If you like poppy seeds you will love this cake.
Servings 12 servings
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes



  • 2/3 cup (150g ) butter
  • 2 tbsp (30g) sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp (1g) baking powder
  • 1 ¼ cup (160g) flour

Cheese Filling

  • 10 oz (300g) fresh cheese (cream cheese or ricotta cheese)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) fresh lemon juice
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 tbsp (60g) sugar
  • 1 tbsp (8g) cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp vanilla pudding powder
  • 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract

Poppy seed Mixture

  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 oz (80g) poppy seeds, grounded
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp bread crumbs


  • Preheat oven to 175C (350F).
  • For the crust mix all ingredients in a food processor until crumbs are formed. Press 2/3 of the crumbs into bottom of a 10-inch (26) spring form pan (with a removable base) so that they stick together but not so much that it'll lose its crumby texture.
  • For the cheese filling beat cheese, lemon juice and zest, vanilla extract,  sugar, corn starch and pudding powder in a food processor until well blended. Start adding the eggs one at a time until each egg is absorbed. 
  • Bring the milk with the sugar to a boil. Pour it over the poppy seeds. Let the poppy seeds absorb all the milk. Add the egg and the breadcrumbs.
  • Pour the cheese filling over the prepared crust forming 1 circle in the middle and 2 rings, one at the edge and one in the middle. Pour poppy seed mixture between the cheese rings. Sprinkle the rest of the crust crumbs on top.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes. Run a sharp knife completely around the inside edge of the pan. Let it cool at room temperature. Serve it or refrigerate overnight.


Serving: 1gCalories: 318kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 10.2gFat: 22.8gSaturated Fat: 12.5gCholesterol: 101mgSugar: 10.2g
Calories: 318kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese and poppy Seed cake, cheesecake recipe, poppy seed cake, poppy seed cheesecake

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  1. Sawsan Author says:

    These look amazing..and you are really talanted with pictures..great blog

  2. Angela Author says:

    I really want to try this. Such a unique recipe. Curious about the poppy seeds being described as “grounded”. Does this mean you literally take the poppy seed and grind it up in a food processor into a more powdery substance? The only poppy seeds I’ve ever come across are already very tiny so I wasn’t sure if I understood correctly.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      If you love poppy seeds and cheesecake this is the perfect combination. I love this recipe. When I referred to poppy seeds as grounded means that is important not to use whole poppy seeds like the ones used for topping bagels.  These whole poppy seeds need to be ground to be able to use them in a dessert recipe. A food processor can not ground poppy seeds (I know as I tried once:) ).  The best thing is to buy poppy seeds that are already ground otherwise a solution may be an electric blade grinder like the one for coffee. See if this link helps you understand better.  For any other questions don't hesitate to ask. 

  3. Urska Author says:

    I didn’t know, if I had to melt butter for crust mix – my food processor didn’t worked out ok without butter being melted. Also, forming 1 circle in the middle and 2 rings, one at the edge and one in the middle, wasn’t successful. Video or more pictures would be really helpful, please, thank you!

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