Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Lemon Yogurt Cake

Ever have a day that just draggedddd? I can't believe it is only Tuesday!

After a long week that still has a long way to go, it sure means a lot to come home to something as delicious and as flavorful as it was the first day you made it!
Taken from Ina Garten's cookbook, Barefoot Contessa at Home, Lemon Yogurt cake is a fail-proof recipe that I have used countless times to get rid of the last stubborn lemons and leftover plain yogurt from the week.  It lasts for days, staying moist from the glaze that you drizzle over it shortly after baking.


Lemon Yogurt Cake
By: Ina Garten
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt (I ground it a little in my mortar and pestle to ensure that the granules dissolve)
1 cup plain yogurt
1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
3 extra-large eggs
2 tsp grated lemon zest (1-2 lemons, depending on size)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (using the lemons that you zested!!)

Glaze (optional)--with the sugar/lemon mixture after baking, I omit this glaze, but it looks delish!
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a loaf pan.

Sift flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
In another bowl, whisk yogurt, 1 cup sugar, eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla.

Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
Fold in vegetable oil.  
Pour in pan and bake for 50 minutes.
While the cake is in the oven, mix 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1/3 cup sugar on a stove until sugar is dissolved.
Cool for only a few minutes (5 ish) and then drizzle lemon and sugar mixture on cake.  Let cake cool.
If you wish to use the glaze, mix powdered sugar and lemon juice together, and then pour over cake.

This is the lemon cake at almost 4 days old--YUM
Hello there, beautiful!

Not only is this cake delicious, but it is healthy too---it has fruit and nonfat yogurt!!! The sugar/ lemon glaze is key, which keeps the cake moist for days (if it lasts that long)!  Ina Garten, flawless as always, has done it again!


  1. Looks awesome, Rach! I can't wait to open our bakery! ;) xo

  2. This cake looks amazing!! Love your blog and so glad to be a new follower! xoxo