Sunday, January 11, 2015

Yogurt Cake

Yogurt Cake with Almond Glaze
Cake is great. Right? Whenever you bake and take one, it's usually a hit. The thing is, if I bake a cake at home, just because, it rarely gets touched after the initial offering. I have been known to freeze them, but frankly I don't care for the texture after they're thawed. Not good. Consequently, I hardly ever bake a cake. But I'm here to report, I have found an exception. It's not fancy, no fluffy piled-a-mile-high frosting, not much of a looker really, mainly due to its rather nude appearance. Just plain, that's it.

1-1/2 cups full-fat yogurt
2/3 cup light olive oil
1-1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

This cake has a perfect crumb

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray a baking pan with baking spray. I used a 9” high sided cake pan, but you could use a loaf pan just as well. You may also use a spring-form pan.

Mix the first 6 (wet) ingredients together until well blended. Sift the remaining (dry) ingredients together and add to the yogurt mixture. Using a wire whisk, stir until mixed well and no lumps remain.

Pour into a cake pan and bake for approximately 50-60 minutes. It will probably become necessary to gently lay a piece of aluminum foil over the cake about half way through the baking to prevent excessive browning on top. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center, then place on a rack to cool for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a cake plate and adorn with a light glaze. Serve with coffee or tea or icy milk. All three are perfect with this delightfully delicious cake.


1 cup confectioner's sugar
Half & Half
Almond liqueur (or almond extract)

Add Half & Half a bit at the time until the mixture is the consistency of almost pourable icing. Add enough almond liqueur to complete the texture. Stir until smooth and drizzle over the cake. 

Note: This cake would be excellent for so many things. Strawberry Shortcake, English Trifle or just plain with whipped crème and fresh berries. You may also choose a citrus glaze, which I've tried and found equally delicious.

With Community Dark Roast

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