Monday, May 7, 2012

Lemon Yogurt Cake

It’s amazing how much flavor a healthy dose of lemon zest can contribute. This cake has a brown crisp top, then inside it’s dense and lemony. I personally recommend eating a slice as soon as you pull it out of the oven so you can enjoy the lemony steam this cake creates!
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We’ve really been getting our money’s worth from the latest Bon Appetit magazine. The Agave Margaritas were a big success and then we moved right along to this delicious cake. It’s a classic French recipe; the magazine says that it is one of the first recipes French mothers teach to their children. And so I have to assume that everyone in France has this delicious cake recipe memorized. Right? Either way, it’s a great classic recipe.
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The lemon zest is added to the sugar, then the two are rubbed together until the oils in the lemon are evenly distributed and the sugar becomes clumpy and moist. The cake comes out of the oven with a shiny brown top, and as you slice it open you’ll release a burst of lemony steam. Enjoy!
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Lemon Yogurt Cake

recipe by Bon Appetit

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Preheat oven to 350.  Grease & flour an 8 1/2” loaf pan.
    Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
    Combine lemon zest and sugar in a large bowl, and rub the two together with your fingers until the sugar is moist. Add yogurt, oil, eggs, and vanilla – stir to combine completely.
    Fold dry ingredients into wet and stir gently until  just to combined.
    Pour batter into pan, smooth top, and bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes before cutting.
  • lemon yogurt cake 2


    1. look at that crumb! Delicious! I will try this recipe! Thank you!

    2. I love the flavor of lemon in cakes. The crumb looks fantastic!
      Also, I just saw your agave margarita. I will make that for sure.

    3. I am a die hard fan of lemon cake and this one looked so delicious, I had to pin it to Pinterest. I trust this meets with your approval! I can't wait to try out this recipe! :)

    4. The dark brown crust on this with the moist crumb inside looks just incredible!

    5. What a great looking cake.

    6. I love the brown crisp edgy-surfaces. The contrast to the bright and moist insides are so appealing in your photo. Looks really to die-for. A must try for me!

    7. Simple cakes are my favorite and this sounds terrific with the lemony flavor and aroma.

    8. Made this last week - a great recipe! Decadent.

    9. Thanks for this great recipe! I made it last night. (I was on a lemon kick, and made lemon curd too, while drinking a Tom Collins with fresh lemon juice. Goodness.) I had made another lemon pound cake recently, but was disappointed with how dry it was. So I was glad to find your simple recipe.

    10. This cake is amazing. My friend made a gluten free version. Delish!!

    11. what would happen if i used low-fat greek yogurt?

    12. Hi,

      Excellent article, thanks for share this great post with us, I love this kind of topics are really interesting, health is really important, we have to be careful to obtain a healthy life and this way enjoy everything everyday with our family or people around.

      Best regards,


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