Single Serving Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Friday was my birthday.  While I had a lovely evening with my husband grabbing drinks, appetizers, and seeing a wonderful ballet, I did not get cake or blow out candles.  So the next morning, I decided to make myself a cake.  And because I didn’t want to be left with an entire cake to nibble from all day, I wanted to make one serving only.  And because it was morning, and breakfast and I love this flavor- I decided lemon poppy seed was it.

Now, I will probably be tweaking this recipe in the very near future, but it was still delightful, and I wanted to share it with you.  And let’s be honest, I hardly ever make the same thing twice.  If you make any adjustments in your attempts, please report bIMG_2596ack!

For this single-serving cake you will need the following:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 Tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 2 Tbsp blanched almond flour
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds
  • butter or coconut oil for greasing
  • a 3 to 4 inch ramekin baking dish

The great thing about making yourself just one individual cake is that you can make it in a toaster oven!  Preheat yours to 350, and grease your ramekin.  (I do find butter to work better than coconut oil.  Grass-fed of course!)

Now, mash the banana well and mix it with the egg, extract, zest and poppy seeds.  Mix in the flours and starch and combine well.

IMG_2594Pour into your ramekin and bake for about 25 minutes, but toaster ovens will vary a good bit.  I would check for doneness (a firm top, slightly browned) just before 25 minutes.  Note that if you are using a smaller ramekin, the cake will be deeper, and therefore take longer. A larger ramekin, and your cake will be a bit on the flat and shallow side.

I decided to top mine with a spoonful of organic strawberry jam, but other berries or a lemon glaze would be delicious options.

I will be playing with this single-serving cake idea many more times, I feel!  Stay tuned for many variations on this theme.

I will come back to edit if I find a way that makes this even better, for sure!  In the meantime, experiment with your own favorite flavors!

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