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Baking With Booze: the Schnapps Edition! Apple and Poppy Seed Cake With Schnapps

Published February 26, 2015 by The Feminist

This is an unconventional twist on two of Austria’s most classic desserts: the Apfelstrudel and the Mohntorte.

Think: caramelized and spiced apples mixed together with a poppy seed sponge and drizzled with Schnapps. Things really can’t get more Austrian than that!

WARNING: Eat too much of this cake and you may start to yodel.



  • 140gr caster sugar
  • 170gr butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 140gr flour
  • 1tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 apples, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 50gr poppy seeds
  • 75gr nuts (mix of your choosing)
  • 2 tbsp fruity Schnapps (apple or apricot), 2 extra to drizzle over the top


  1. Heat a knob of butter in a pan and fry the apples with a tbsp. of sugar and a pinch of cinnamon until golden brown.
  2. Blitz the nuts and poppy seeds together in a blender until you get a fine dust/paste.
  3. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Mix the sugar with the butter until pale and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time.
  5. Slowly stir in the flour, baking powder and spices.
  6. Add the poppy seed mix.
  7. Stir in the fried apples and add 2 tbsp of Schnapps.
  8. Pour the batter in a loaf tin and bake for approx.. 50 minutes.
  9. Once the cake comes out of the oven, drizzle on some extra Schnapps (2tbps, or more!)
  10. Serve with a glass of Schnapps on the side.

Wirklich Wunderbar: Austrian Mohnkuchen (Poppy Seed Cake) with Schnapps Frosting

Published March 2, 2014 by The Feminist


It has been a month since I went skiing in the Alps and I am starting to feel a bit nostalgic towards all things that vaguely remind me of mountain tops and ski slopes. I even considered re-watching The Sound of Music for the umpteenth time just to satisfy my need for a good shot of Austrian happiness.

Luckily for my über cool reputation and my already severely scratched Sound of Music DVD I decided to recreate an Austrian vibe in a totally different way.

I baked a cake. A poppy seed cake.

Or as they call it in Austria: Mohnkuchen. Mohnkuchen is to the German speaking countries what tarte tatin is to the French: it is one of the signature bakes of the region and every family has its very own secret recipe.

Since Mohnkuchen is so typical of the region, it was the best way to soothe my nostalgic spirit, but there was one tiny problem…

I had never baked it before, and I had no recipe, but I still wanted it to taste just like I remembered.

So I browsed the internet for at least one hour (I tend to be very sceptical and picky when it comes to online recipes) to finally find a recipe that seemed to be giving me exactly what I wanted: the one and only Mohnkuchen.

However, I still had my doubts whether everything would go as planned so I decided to make a smaller version of the otherwise gigantic cake. (Basically, I chickened out and was afraid to end up with a failure on the baking front.)

My worries, apparently, were not justified, because this cake was freakin’ delicious! And more importantly, it tasted just like the traditional Mohnkuchen!

To make it even more great I added some Marillen Schnapps to the batter and the frosting, which made the cake extra moist and boozy.

Over the moon with delight, I have decided to share this recipe with y’all, so you can create this magical cake at home as well. Enjoy!

Ingredients (makes 4 portions):

  • 50gr ground hazelnuts
  • 120gr poppy seeds
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 100gr butter
  • 100gr sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp Marillen Schnapps
  • Apricot jam

For the Schnapps frosting:

  • 3 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp Marillen Schnapps

PS: Double the amounts to make a bigger cake.


  1. Whisk together the egg yolks, butter and sugar until you get a light and smooth batter.
  2. Put the poppy seeds in a blender and pulse a couple of times. What you want is a mix of whole poppy seeds, crushed poppy seeds and ground poppy seeds. (This will create a true texture sensation, I promise!)
  3. Stir the poppy seeds, hazelnuts, schnapps and cinnamon through the batter.
  4. Whisk the egg whites until stiff. Gently fold the egg whites in your mixture. Pour the batter into a prepared cake tin. (I used a rectangular 25x15cm tin) Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  5. Leave to cool completely. The cake will be quite flat and moist, similar to a brownie. Cut the cake in two halves. Spread a generous layer of jam on top of one half and put the other half on top. Now spread a thin layer of jam on the top layer of the cake.
  6. Make the frosting by whisking together the icing sugar and the Schnapps. Spread the frosting on top of the cake and put it in the fridge for half an hour to firm up.
  7. Guten Appetit!