Thursday, May 17, 2012

Simple and Delicious Lemon Yogurt Cake (Barefoot Contessa)

My family and I are not a big fan of mix-and-bake "yogurt cakes" because some that I had baked before can be quite dense and too "doughy" to eat. 

To be honest, I baked this lemon yogurt cake purely out of curiosity... When I first saw this recipe, I was surprised that the recipe has lots of positive feedback and wanted if know the winning factors of this mix-and-bake "yogurt cake" recipe. 

Like most of the mix-and-bake "yogurt cakes", this cake did has a dense and non-fluffy texture but was surprising very moist and delicious to eat. Every slice of this cake is fully infused with lemon flavours. Although its texture is not fluffy, it is not doughy to eat. Now, I can see the reasons why this Barefoot Contessa recipe is a true winner.
 
lemon yogurt cake Barefoot Contessa
Baking this super-easy lemon cake
Pouring the lemon syrup for a finishing touch

Here's the recipe from Food Network
(with my modification in blue)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
(reduced to a total of 220g -1 cup, divided to 170g and 50g)
3 extra-large eggs
2 tsp grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the glaze:
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
(I didn't make this glaze for my cake)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch (10 cm x 20 cm) loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease and flour the pan.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar (170g) , the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it's all incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 min, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1/3 cup sugar (50g) in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.

When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 min. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Cool.

For the glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice and pour over the cake.(I didn't make this glaze for my cake)

Note: I baked this cake at 150°C fan forced for 60 min.

Happy Baking

This post is linked to the blog hop event, Cook like a Star, organised by me, Bake for Happy Kids. To join, simply cook or bake a Contessa Barefoot recipe and blog hop with us. For more details, please see this


Photobucket

44 comments:

  1. I don't think I have ever tried an Ina recipe that our family didn't like. They are always such a big hit. This recipes looks like it will be one also. I love lemon in almost anything.

    ReplyDelete
  2. hhhmmm... yum! so its something like butter cake texture, is it?
    DH loves butter cake, especially the citrus kind, i shall try this with oranges instead
    thks for sharing :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Alice,

      This cake is not like most traditional butter cakes. It is not oily, crumbly or fluffy. It has dense texture but this one has greatly infused with lemon flavours.

      Zoe

      Delete
  3. I made this cake years ago and was surprised how much I loved it! I did it with the glaze and it was really sweet, I can imagine that it would be just as good without the glaze. Thanks for reminding me of this recipe, yours looks delicious :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love this recipe. I will sure try this one day. Must go and buy yogurt first.

    ReplyDelete
  5. By adding in lemon zest and lemon juice into the cake, this cake must be very refreshing, I will try it out one day, thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  6. 这蛋糕看起来很不叻!把食谱带回家了。。。谢谢!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Wow, this cake is quite simple to replicate (I love everything simple, ya know).

    Bookmark this first~~

    ReplyDelete
  8. hmm i'm quite sad that i tried the same recipe and mine totally didn't work out :( the texture had huge holes and it stuck to the liner so so badly! :/ any ideas where i went wrong?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Janine,

      The texture of my cake is quite compact and dense and there is "holes" in the cake but I think they are not as large as you said. I realise that this cake takes a long time and not-too high temperature to bake and I reckon that it can be stuck to the liner if it is baked too quickly on its outside and also being uncooked at its inside.

      Zoe

      Delete
    2. thanks for the reply zoe! i'll try again this weekend and see if it works at lower temp :)

      Delete
  9. Zoe, you have a wonderful blog. I am glad I came by to visit. I like you lemon yogurt cake, it's perfect for an afternoon treat :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Lemony,aromatic and I bet really tasteful!I wish I had a big slice!xxx

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love anything lemony and this loaf looks perfect. I don't like glazes either. Too much sweetness.

    ReplyDelete
  12. It looks fabulous! I have never baked or tasted a yogurt cake, but have always thought they were a bit lighter in texture than those without yogurt...
    Thank you for visiting my blog.

    ReplyDelete
  13. i think it's also a good to use lemon syrup over the cake, just like that lemon poppy seed cake we made earlier, that was just as nice using syrup.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I always have yogurt on hand. Either to snack on, or to bake. I tried making lemon yogurt cake before, but it didn't turn out THAT well. Maybe I'll try again sometime! This looks delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Wow..looks good, Zoe. I sure love to have a piece with a cup of black coffee. Good luck with your event!

    ReplyDelete
  16. GIrl your baked goods always look so amazing! I just want to grab them out from the computer and take a bite. I have never tried Barefoot's lemon yogurt cake, but with lemons popping out all over the place now would be the perfect time to try.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I made a Lemon Cake recently and we all loved it. This one looks delicious too and with the syrup mmm, pure pleasure!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I love cakes with yoghurt, which makes the cake moist and tender. This lemon cake looks wonderful, my kind of cake, would be lovely with either a cup of tea or even plain black coffee!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Bookmarking and will try soon! Thanks for sharing

    ReplyDelete
  20. Bookmarking and will try soon! Thanks for sharing

    ReplyDelete
  21. Zoe, lemon is delicious everywhere...this cake looks so soft and yummy!
    xox

    ReplyDelete
  22. Oh I could go for a slice of this right now with a cup of tea!
    Mary x

    ReplyDelete
  23. Super spongy and yummy cake,wish to have a slice rite now.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Ohhh.. this cake of Ina's was so delicious. I watched this episode.. so light. It's one of her "healthier" cakes if you will.

    ReplyDelete
  25. This cake looks like it turned out delicious with a very nice crumb! A perfect summer treat when life gives you lemons! Have a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  26. I like lemon cake and this is even better because has yoghurt in there!Just by looking at the photo is convincing that the cake is delicous!

    ReplyDelete
  27. A healthier version of buttercake huh! Looks delicious too so no harm giving it a try:D

    ReplyDelete
  28. Lemon cake? Simple? Delicious without a question :D
    You outdid yourself!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    ReplyDelete
  29. Gosh I love lemon cake! You can NEVER go wrong with the Barefoot Contessa's recipes. :)

    ReplyDelete
  30. Mmm this looks so delicious! I could eat it all right now :)

    ReplyDelete
  31. Lovely lemon cake with beautiful texture! I've baked this cake before & it's really yummy! Ina Garten recipes are always a winner that's what I like! :)

    ReplyDelete
  32. Love anything lemony and your loaf really is calling my name; looks perfect!
    Rita

    ReplyDelete
  33. love the idea of using yogurt in a cake, I'm looking forward to trying it : ) love the pics by the way

    ReplyDelete
  34. Hi my friend, I have nominated you for two well deserved awards :D
    Congrats!!!
    Check out this link to see and claim them: http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/rich-berry-cherry-chocolate-cheesecake-a-guest-post/

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    ReplyDelete
  35. I've never heard of yogurt cake.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Hi Zoe, cake looks good. Love the healthy ingredients in it, yogurt and oil instead of butter. Coincidentally my sister was raving about a similar cake with blueberries added in :)

    ReplyDelete
  37. I really love the tang that yogurt gives to baked goods...and that you get that pound cake texture without all the butter. what a delicious loaf cake!

    ReplyDelete
  38. I love the addition of yogurt in cakes and the dense texture. This looks so good, almost pound- cakish. I could down it whole in one sitting. I love Barefoot, but I like how you highlighted your modifications. Great one , Zoe and beautiful site you have here.

    ReplyDelete
  39. I love mix and bake cakes and this looks delicious. I just made a very similar loaf with yoghurt, lemon and orange at the weekend. Wish i'd made a syrup or glaze to go with it!

    ReplyDelete
  40. oh I love the combination of cheese you used here!

    ReplyDelete
  41. I am a fan of mix and bake cakes! LOL i like it the simpler the better. Will be bookmarking this. ;)

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for visiting my blog. I would appreciate if you can leave comments on my post for friendships and my future improvements.