Cojean’s Famous Lemon and Poppy seed cake for 11th of November Poppy Day

I don’t know if you’ve heard of Cojean yet; it’s a French (actually mainly parisian) High-End Fast Food Restaurant Chain that offers High Quality and Fresh salads, sandwiches, soups, juices and hot dishes.

When I was pregnant I ate  there almost every lunch time. It was a bit pricey, but I knew I could trust the freshness of the ingredients (and I loved their recipes and tastes).

I would always order a cake (that you can strategically find by the tills) that I loved so much and here is the recipe that you could do for Remembrance Day also called Poppy Day in the Commonwealth of Nation as the Poppy Flower is the emblem of this day.


Ingredients :

  • 130 g of butter
  • 5 eggs
  • salt
  • 12cl of condensed milk
  • 250g of flour
  • a pack of baking powder
  • 2 organically grown lemons
  • 15g of poppy seed

Poppy seeds

For the syrup :

  • 100g of sugar
  • The juce of 3 lemons

Pre-heat your oven at 170°c

Melt the butter in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Let it cool down.


Whip the five eggs and the salt in a bowl till frothy.


Then add the butter and stir.

Add the condensed milk (I did not have condensed milk so I used a Fjord Yogurt) the flour and the baking powder.


Add the zest of 2 lemons (meaning the skins without the white part, that’s why it needs to be organically grown) and its juice that you will incorporate together with the poppy seeds (I actually typed “poopy seeds”, thank you proofreading).


Put the mix in your cake pan that you will have prepared with Butter and Flour (or use a silicone one like me)

Put it in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes (depending on the cake pan/mold you used). I suggest you check at 30 minutes, put a knife into the cake and if it comes out clean it is cooked.

In the meantime, prepare the lemon syrup by mixing the 100g of sugar with the lemon juice of 3 lemons (add water if it is not liquid enough).

When your cake is cooked, then don’t let it out of the mold/pan just yet and drizzle with the sirop.

paint with sirop

Leave it to cool-down.

I have to say, it tastes delicious on day 1, not as good on day 2 (still very good, though). I have no idea what it could taste like on day 3….


Cordialement Bisous,


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