Thursday, May 28, 2015

Easy and Beautiful French Yogurt Cake

Have seen the angelic shot of this radiating cake at Bon Appetit? I thought I was hearing repetitive whispers in my ears saying "Bake me. Bake me..." as I was deeply lured by its beauty and many positive reviews.

I like this French yogurt cake but can't see any French in it. With the addition of lemon and Greek yogurt, I think it is more Greek to me!

Whether it is French or Greek, I like to call this a Beautiful cake and also a No-Brainer cake!

Beautiful and no-brainer!!! - LOL! Please do not get me wrong here as I wasn't implying any underlying meaning.

I said this simply because...

1) This cake is really super easy to bake! No brains are required!!! Just whisk and bake.

2) I need only a bowl, a whisk, a grater, a sieve and a baking pan to bake this cake. Nothing fanciful is required!!!

3) I'm 100% sure that this recipe is fail proof as I strongly believe that everyone can bake this cake!

4) I'm 100% sure that it will produce an excellent cake! This lightly crusted cake is simply delicious with its very moist texture and lemony taste.

5) It is made with good ingredients like yogurt and healthful oil and I'm 100% sure again that we can enjoy this cake with no worries!

French yogurt cake
French yogurt cake
For a nice golden brown crust, I'm not lining the loaf pan with baking paper.
Instead, I coated the pan with vegetable oil spray, dusted with flour and tapped out the excess.
Combine lemon zest and sugar in a mixing bowl.
Then add these ingredients.
Sift in the dry ingredients.
Mix until just combined. Do not over mix!!!
Baking the cake is like what Ina Garten always say "How easy is that?"
Sorry that I don't have an angelic shot of this cake...
... but I like to illustrate its beauty by showing its very moist cake texture.
French yogurt cake
... plus the zesty lemon zest that are embedded inside.

Here's the recipe from Bon Appetit and Epicurious
(with my slight modification and notes in blue)

Makes one 21 x 11 cm loaf or two 8 x 17 cm loaves

Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1 1/2 cups (or 225g) all-purpose flour, plus extra to dust the pans
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup (or 200g) sugar - I used 80g for half of the recipe.
1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
3/4 cup Greek yogurt (with 10% fat)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract - I used vanilla paste

Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C or 160°C fan forced. Coat loaf pan/s with nonstick vegetable oil spray. Dust with flour; tap out excess.

Whisk all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.

Using your fingers or spatula, rub or mix sugar with finely grated lemon zest in a large bowl until sugar is moist.

Add Greek yogurt, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla; whisk to blend. Fold in sifted dry ingredients just to blend. Do not over mix!

Pour batter into prepared pan; smooth top. Bake until top of cake is golden brown and a tester inserted into center comes out clean, 50-55 mins for the 21 x 11 cm loaf or 45 mins for the 8 x 17 cm loaves. Let cake cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 mins. Invert onto rack; let cool completely.

Can be made 3 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

Happy Baking
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  1. ooh, such moist and crumbly texture.. EX the butter! very beautiful loaf indeed

  2. I was about to say looks like lemon butter cake, but I see there's no butter in your ingredients.. Nice, very "buttery" moist and soft lemon cake, I like.. I want the whole thing..

  3. hello zoe, 这个让我看了又是心动的 。。。。。。 嘻嘻嘻 。。。 看到那个 texture 好像很棒。

  4. Great recipe


  5. The cake is so moist, simple but delicious!

  6. Such a moist loaf! I would love to have some :)

  7. I like this kind of easy cake.... bookmarked!

  8. Zoe, once again a super A1 moist cake.

  9. Zoe, this is a lovely cake! I like "no brainer" cakes hah..hah...

  10. Hi Zoe, I trust you this is no-brainer cake. I'm going to do it tonight :D

  11. Yes, you're right it's really beautiful.

  12. Looks so perfect.. It seems like you can make perfect cakes without much effort :D

  13. this has been on my to-do list since long... you are tempting me to pull it out and bake it as soon as I can... just look at the crumbs, amazing!

  14. Hi Zoe,
    Agree with Phong Hong, I like "no brainer" cakes too ... hee .. hee! Oh this cake is so moist ... anything with lemon is definitely a yes for my family :D

  15. Zoe, at the first glance, I thought this is the Madeira cake because of the colour :D But this is definitely healthier with yogurt added. Looks yummy too!

  16. Amazing! You gals are baking lots......

  17. Ah this cake looks fantastic! Not so dense and nice and soft although it's a loaf! I really REALLY need a loaf pan! I don't have any but totally would use one to death!

  18. Z, I've made this cake. It disappeared in a flash. It's delightful. xo

  19. that looks so spongy and delicious...wish I could take it off my screen and have it

  20. Ooh I like the sound of this cake where "no brains required"! haha! Now would be a good time :p
    Looks super moist and yummy!

  21. Baking can be an enjoyable task for the family to share. Safety is important, learning can be fun. Cakes etc can be enjoyed at a family tea party etc.

    Rachel Craig

  22. Omigosh, Zoe had me at 'just whisk and bake'! I'm in!

  23. Absolutely loved your blog dear! and this looks delicious (:
    It's nice to see a blogger with such quality content!

    Life in Pastel

  24. I love cake, and I always tell everyone there is no way you can buy a cake that tastes home made :-)

  25. Hi Zoe. I am new and just got to know about your awesome blog with detailed instructions which are very helpful. And this cake look so moist and healthy. Could you please tell me how to view all the yoghurt recipes that were submitted for may's yoghurt theme
    Appreciate your sharing and thanks again for a fantastic blog. Chloe.

    1. Hi Chloe,

      All the yogurt recipes are submitted to Cheryl's blog at

      Hope that you enjoy browsing through the recipes.


  26. I tried baking it today...yums!! Thanks for sharing!

  27. I don't remember seeing this cake in 'bon appetit' magazine but looks super good. Simple and elegant citrus cake I would like to try it soon...this is also great food gift?