Lemon Yogurt Anything Cake


Originally this was going to be a blueberry yogurt cake as I had seen in made on Smittenkitchen.com recently. When I saw the price at the supermarket for the berries I decided to replace them with the frozen raspberries I already had. As this was only meant as a bit of an experiment with oil based cakes I didn’t really feel like spending £4 on the berries alone. I had only made an oil based cake once before (carrot) and I was not overly pleased with it. I found the taste lacking and frankly the texture was weird, spongey but not in a good way. This however was more successful, the taste was very fresh and fragrant and the texture didn’t seem so much of an issue this time round. Im leaning towards thinking that all oil cakes share a similar texture and that there is nothing wrong with it per se but its just something in not accustomed to.



Lemon Yogurt Anything Cake

Adapted from an Ina Garten Recipe found on Smittenkitchen.com

1 1/2 cups + 1 tblsp Plain Flour 
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 Cup Plain Whole-Milk Yogurt
1 Cup plus 1 tblsp Sugar
3 Extra-large Eggs
2 tsp Grated Lemon Zest (aprox 2 lemons)
1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 1/2 Cups Raspberries, fresh (I would avoid frozen in the case of Raspberries)
1/3 Cup Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice



1. Preheat the oven to 175c 350f. Grease a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 Loaf pan and line the base  with parchment paper and flour the pan.

2. Sift 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl and in another bowl whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, eggs, lemon zest, vanilla and oil.

3. Gently whisk the wet ingredients into the dry. Sprinkle the remaining flour over the berries and gently mix to coat the fruit (this is supposed to help the fruit from sinking but mine still did a bit) Fold the fruit carefully into the batter and then pour into prepared pan and bake for 50 + plus minutes until a cake tester comes out clean



4. Whilst the cake bakes put the remaining sugar and the lemon juice in a saucepan and cook until the sugar dissolves, then set aside.

5. Once the cake is done allow it to cool in the pan for 10 mintues before letting cool completely on a wire rack. Whilst cooling on the rack use a toothpick to make holes over the sides and top of the cake and then brush with syrup. Cool fully before eating.



In the ingredients list I suggest not to use frozen raspberries and the reason for this is that when you thaw the fruit it tends to not be in perfect form and is normally in quite a wet state, having been bashed around a bit. I think that because the fruit released more juice than it would have done had it been fresh the texture of the cake would be improved with fresh, although this is a complete hunch as I have only made this the once.


2 responses to “Lemon Yogurt Anything Cake

  1. hey
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  2. Hey, cool tips. Perhaps I’ll buy a glass of beer to that man from that chat who told me to go to your blog 🙂

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