20 June 2010

Sweet Summer Sunday - Lemon Yoghurt Cake

Hi Guys,

Welcome to the second "Sweet Summer Sunday"! I hope you're enjoying Fathers day!! I made this cake yesterday for my family..they love it!

This cake is one of Ina Gartens. I'm telling you it is the most moist...tangy..yet light and creamy cake you'll ever taste! . You do not use butter....You use yoghurt and vegetable oil. I know what your thinking....unhealthy?...


The way I see it is that the cake is meant to be shared. If you ate a lot of it to yourself then that is not good. But what the heck...it's summer so why not have it as a one off and share something yummy? 

This recipe is great as you can adjust it to how much you like the taste of lemon. I love it! I hope you'll love it too....

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose/ plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (Around 2- 3  lemons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Loaf cake tin

Optional (This is for a drizzle which increases the moistness and taste of lemon):

  •  1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Optional (This makes a lemon icing/ glaze topping):
  • 1 cup icing / confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


Begin by greasing your loaf tin and pre-heating your oven to 350f, 170c, Gas mark 4. In one bowl sift in the flour and baking powder.

 In another, add the eggs, yoghurt, sugar, vanilla extract and the lemon zest.

Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ones. Once they are all mixed well, add the oil and gently fold until it is ALL combined. You don't want it looking like this (pics below)

Just keep on folding for a while..it will eventually get better like this...

Pour into your greased loaf tin and cook for 40-50 mintutes until golden brown and a knife comes out clean. Keep a close eye on it as the edges can brown very quickly...another lesson learned lol!

Now...I think the drizzle is an essential part of this cake but that's probably due to the fact that I like lemon. If you want to give it a go then here's how...

Put 1/3 cup of sugar... 

 And 1/3 cup of lemon juice into a small saucepan..

Stir constantly on a low heat until it becomes a clear liquid and all the sugar has dissolved.

Once the cake has been cooling for about 10 minutes turn it upside down and prick it a few times. Spoon half the liquid over it until it has all been soaked up. Turn the cake the right way up and do the same. Prick and spoon heehee : )

 For me this is where the cake is at its best..it's done. However if you want to go the whole hog and put a lemon glaze/ icing on top here is how to....Let the cake cool completely. Combine the icing/ confectioners' sugar and lemon juice and pour over the cake.

It is sooooo good! Go and make this now ...you won't regret it! A great light cake after a BBQ..something to have with a glass of Pimms...or with my summery fav.

Love you all and thanks for reading! Have a wonderful Fathers day.

Gemma X


  1. The cake sounds yummy to
    me but I'm the only one
    in my family who likes
    lemon! My guys only like
    chocolate. I'll have to
    wait and make this when
    I have a girlfriend over
    to share it with.
    Everything Ina makes is

  2. That looks great! I am not a baker by any stretch of imagination but I am going to have to try this one. I love, love,love lemon cake. If mine turned out looking half as good as your I would probably sit and eat the whole thing!

  3. Sounds delicious, and actually might be healthier than lashings of butter!

  4. this looks great....i used to be able to buy something like this years ago and i would eat it with raspberry sauce but have not been able to get it in a long time. now i can make it myself.

    thank you for the great recipe. i can't wait to make it when i start vacation later this week!!

    hugs, cindy


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Gemma x


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