Tangerine Loaf Cake with Vanilla Icing and Poppy Seeds Recipe

This recipe is for a delicious tangerine loaf cake (or a tangerine bread, I’m not sure which is the better name). It features a vanilla icing that you just drizzle on top, along with poppy seeds for a little bit of protein and crunch. Since it uses baking powder (instead of yeast), it is considered a quick bread. The cake’s batter incorporates fresh tangerine juice and zest, giving it a bright, citrusy flavor that perfectly complements the subtle sweetness of the vanilla icing.

This recipe is for a delicious tangerine loaf cake (or a tangerine bread, I'm not sure which is the better name). It features a vanilla icing that you just drizzle on top, along with poppy seeds for a little bit of protein and crunch. Since it uses baking powder (instead of yeast), it is considered a quick bread. The cake’s batter incorporates fresh tangerine juice and zest, giving it a bright, citrusy flavor that perfectly complements the subtle sweetness of the vanilla icing.

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What I Love About This Tangerine Loaf Cake with Vanilla Icing and Poppy Seeds

If you love oranges (I do!), then this loaf cake (or bread) is delicious. It kind of has the consistency of zucchini bread, if you’ve ever made that. Somewhat denser than a normal bread, but moist and delicious. I’ve named this a “cake” rather than a “bread,” though, because of the vanilla icing and poppy seeds sprinkled on top.

But these kind of breads are versatile. You can swap out any kind of seed or nut on top, or even powdered sugar or a caramel drizzle. Or, you can go sans-toppings, and have it with butter and jam. Any way you slice it (see what I did there?), it’s good. I enjoy it with a morning cup of joe or an afternoon spot of tea.

Since there is no yeast in this recipe, you can make it quick-quick. And because you don’t use yeast, you won’t let your cake loaf.

This recipe is for a delicious tangerine loaf cake (or a tangerine bread, I'm not sure which is the better name). It features a vanilla icing that you just drizzle on top, along with poppy seeds for a little bit of protein and crunch. Since it uses baking powder (instead of yeast), it is considered a quick bread. The cake’s batter incorporates fresh tangerine juice and zest, giving it a bright, citrusy flavor that perfectly complements the subtle sweetness of the vanilla icing.

FAQs

  1. If I can’t find tangerines, can I substitute bottled orange juice? Absolutely! Just ensure it’s 100% pure orange juice without any added sugar.
  2. Can I substitute tangerines with clementines or mandarins? Yes, you can substitute tangerines with with any other type of orange (even oranges!) for a similar citrusy flavor. Be sure to adjust the quantity of zest and juice accordingly.
  3. How do I know when the cake is done baking? To check if the cake is done, insert a toothpick into the center. It’s done when the toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs attached but no wet batter.
  4. What’s the best way to store leftovers? Store any leftover Tangerine Loaf Cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. If you want to keep it longer, refrigerate it for up to a week.
  5. Can I freeze this cake? Yes, you can freeze slices of the Tangerine Loaf Cake for up to three months. Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then place them in an airtight container or freezer bag. However, it’s best right out of the oven.
  6. My icing turned out too thick. How can I fix it? If your vanilla icing is too thick, add a small amount of milk (1 teaspoon at a time) and stir until you achieve your desired consistency. For a thicker icing, add more powdered sugar.
  7. Can I use whole-wheat flour for a healthier version? Yes, you can substitute whole-wheat flour for all-purpose flour, but keep in mind that it may result in a slightly denser texture. You can also try a mix of both for a balance of flavor and healthiness.
  8. Is Greek yogurt essential, or can I use regular yogurt? Greek yogurt provides a thicker and creamier texture, but regular yogurt can be used as a substitute without significantly affecting the taste and quality of the cake.
  9. Can I make this recipe vegan by using plant-based ingredients? Yes, you can make this cake vegan by using plant-based butter, non-dairy yogurt, and non-dairy milk in the icing. Additionally, replace the eggs with a suitable egg substitute like flaxseed or applesauce.
  10. My cake often sinks in the middle. What could be causing this issue? If your cake consistently sinks in the middle, one likely culprit is old or expired baking powder. Baking powder is responsible for giving your cake that fluffy rise, and if it’s no longer active, the cake may collapse during or after baking. To ensure your cake rises properly, make sure your baking powder is fresh and within its recommended shelf life. You can test its effectiveness by mixing a teaspoon with a little water; if it fizzes vigorously, it’s still good to use.
This recipe is for a delicious tangerine loaf cake (or a tangerine bread, I'm not sure which is the better name). It features a vanilla icing that you just drizzle on top, along with poppy seeds for a little bit of protein and crunch. Since it uses baking powder (instead of yeast), it is considered a quick bread. The cake’s batter incorporates fresh tangerine juice and zest, giving it a bright, citrusy flavor that perfectly complements the subtle sweetness of the vanilla icing.
Don’t be like me. Remove the paper before drizzling the icing on!
This recipe is for a delicious tangerine loaf cake (or a tangerine bread, I'm not sure which is the better name). It features a vanilla icing that you just drizzle on top, along with poppy seeds for a little bit of protein and crunch. Since it uses baking powder (instead of yeast), it is considered a quick bread. The cake’s batter incorporates fresh tangerine juice and zest, giving it a bright, citrusy flavor that perfectly complements the subtle sweetness of the vanilla icing.
Much better, haha. Sprinkle some of those beautiful poppies on top of the icing.

A Few Variations

  1. Candied Tangerine Slices: Thinly slice tangerines and candy them by simmering in a sugar syrup until translucent. Use these candied slices as a decorative garnish on top of your cake for an elegant touch.
  2. Tangerine Zest Confetti: Add an extra burst of tangerine flavor by mixing finely grated tangerine zest into the cake batter. The zest will infuse the cake with a vibrant citrus aroma and taste.
  3. Crystallized Ginger Bits: For a delightful zing, fold in 1/4 cup of finely chopped crystallized ginger into the batter. It will provide a sweet and spicy contrast to the cake’s sweetness.
  4. Toasted Coconut Flakes: Sprinkle toasted coconut flakes over the icing for a tropical twist. The toasted coconut adds a pleasant crunch and a hint of coconut flavor.
  5. Candied Poppy Seeds: Elevate the visual appeal and texture of your cake by candying poppy seeds with sugar syrup. These sweetened poppy seeds can be sprinkled on top or mixed into the cake batter.

Some Servings Pairings

  1. Brandy Alexander: For something adult, try this delicious recipe, using brandy, crème de cacao, and vanilla ice cream.
  2. Freshly Brewed Tea: A cup of hot tea, whether it’s black, green, or herbal, pairs wonderfully with the sweet and tangy flavors of the cake.
  3. Whipped Cream: A dollop of freshly whipped cream on the side can add a rich and creamy contrast to the cake’s texture.
  4. Vanilla Ice Cream: Serve your Tangerine Loaf Cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a decadent dessert experience.
  5. Tangerine Sorbet: For an extra burst of citrusy goodness, try tangerine sorbet as a refreshing companion.
  6. Custard Sauce: A velvety custard sauce drizzled over each slice enhances the cake’s moistness and flavor.
  7. Fresh Berries: A handful of fresh berries like strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries can provide a fruity balance to the cake’s sweetness.
  8. Caramel Sauce: A drizzle of warm caramel sauce adds a delightful caramelized sweetness to your cake.
  9. Crème Fraîche: This cultured cream with a slightly tangy flavor can be a sophisticated accompaniment to your dessert.
  10. Honey or Maple Syrup: A drizzle of honey or pure maple syrup can elevate the cake’s sweetness and add complexity to the flavors.
  11. Candied Tangerine Peel: Garnish with candied tangerine peel for an extra burst of citrus and a touch of elegance.
  12. Chai Latte: Enjoy a warm chai latte alongside your cake for a cozy and comforting pairing.
  13. Sparkling Water: For a refreshing non-alcoholic option, try sparkling water with a wedge of tangerine or lime for a fizzy contrast.
  14. Tangerine Slices: Simply serve thin slices of fresh tangerines on the side for an extra citrusy kick.
  15. Tangerine-Flavored Coffee: If you’re a coffee lover, a cup of tangerine-flavored coffee can be a delightful match.
  16. Almond Milk: For a dairy-free option, enjoy your cake with a glass of chilled almond milk.
Yield: 8 to 10 slices

Tangerine Loaf Cake with Vanilla Icing and Poppy Seeds

This recipe is for a delicious tangerine loaf cake (or a tangerine bread, I'm not sure which is the better name). It features a vanilla icing that you just drizzle on top, along with poppy seeds for a little bit of protein and crunch. Since it uses baking powder (instead of yeast), it is considered a quick bread. The cake’s batter incorporates fresh tangerine juice and zest, giving it a bright, citrusy flavor that perfectly complements the subtle sweetness of the vanilla icing.

This zesty and moist Tangerine Loaf Cake is the perfect treat for any occasion. Tangy tangerines take center stage in this delightful recipe, adding a burst of citrusy flavor to your day.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon tangerine zest (from about 2 tangerines)
  • ½ cup tangerine juice (from about 2 tangerines)
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Vanilla Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Sprinkling on Top

  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a standard 9x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set this dry mixture aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, ensuring each is fully incorporated before adding the next.
  5. Mix in the tangerine zest, tangerine juice, Greek yogurt, and vanilla extract. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure everything is well combined.
  6. Gradually add the dry mixture into the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined. Avoid overmixing; a few lumps are okay.
  7. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, with a few moist crumbs attached.
  9. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. In a small bowl, prepare the vanilla icing by whisking together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  11. Once the cake has cooled, drizzle the vanilla icing over the top, allowing it to drip down the sides.
  12. Sprinkle the poppy seeds evenly over the icing.

Notes

  • For best results, use ripe tangerines with vibrant, aromatic skin.
  • Adjust the thickness of the icing by adding more or less milk according to your preference.
  • Nutrition Information

    Yield

    8

    Serving Size

    1

    Amount Per Serving Calories 382Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 78mgSodium 251mgCarbohydrates 60gFiber 1gSugar 41gProtein 6g

    Nutrition automatically generated.

    The Final: Tangerine Loaf Cake with Vanilla Icing and Poppy Seeds

    This recipe is for a delicious tangerine loaf cake (or a tangerine bread, I'm not sure which is the better name). It features a vanilla icing that you just drizzle on top, along with poppy seeds for a little bit of protein and crunch. Since it uses baking powder (instead of yeast), it is considered a quick bread. The cake’s batter incorporates fresh tangerine juice and zest, giving it a bright, citrusy flavor that perfectly complements the subtle sweetness of the vanilla icing.

    This recipe is for a delicious tangerine loaf cake (or a tangerine bread, I'm not sure which is the better name). It features a vanilla icing that you just drizzle on top, along with poppy seeds for a little bit of protein and crunch. Since it uses baking powder (instead of yeast), it is considered a quick bread. The cake’s batter incorporates fresh tangerine juice and zest, giving it a bright, citrusy flavor that perfectly complements the subtle sweetness of the vanilla icing.
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