This cake is easy to make and delicious. You don’t need to haul out your stand mixer; the batter comes together easily by hand. You’ll want your eggs and whipping cream at room temperature, so factor that in when allotting your time.

The gentle orange flavor comes from two sources: fresh orange juice and sugar infused with grated orange peel. The aroma from the orange peel as you rub it into the sugar with your fingertips is one of the pleasures of making this recipe.

Eggs, orange juice, vanilla, melted butter and whipping cream get mixed into the sugar. Then the flour mixture and finally the poppy seeds. The batter goes into a buttered and floured loaf pan and baked for about 60 to 70 minutes.

The cake is lovely, light and delicious. I tried it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Divine!