Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lemon Yogurt Cake with Lemon Glaze

Oooohhhh my oh my, I have found one amazing recipe. If you are having a bad day, I guarantee this cake will turn it around, it is that good. Lemons are one of my favorite ingredients to use. I think I squeeze lemon juice, or grate lemon zest into over half of my recipes. My husband isn't a huge lemon dessert fan, but even he could not stop sneaking bites before dinner. My baby girl would have nothing to do with this cake, but she did help me make it (and by help, I mean tossing the measuring spoons, measuring cups, and flour onto the floor).

By the way, you do not need a mixer for this recipe. I just try to find any reason to use good ol' Big Red. :)

And of course you will need a soundtrack while you bake.
I recommend the following albums:
  1. Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever
  2. Regina Spektor - Begin to Hope
  3. Josh Ritter - Historical Conquests
  4. Patsy Cline - Greatest Hits
  5. Or go foreign with Rachid Taha or Khaled
Bon Appetit!

Combine the wet and dry ingredients.
Mix in the oil. 
Remove cake from oven and start cooking the lemon syrup.
After pouring on the syrup, let cool completely.
Spread the lemon glaze over the top.
Eat! :)
Lemon Yogurt Cake with Lemon Glaze
Original Recipe: Ina Garten
Serving Size = 1 loaf
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 extra large eggs (I used large)
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (1 lemon worked for me)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (or any flavorless oil)
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
For Glaze
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Grease and flour the pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. 
  3. Mix the flour, salt and baking powder into 1 bowl. In another bowl, whisk (or use mixer) the yogurt, 1 cup of sugar, the eggs, lemon zest and vanilla together. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Fold in the oil and mix until incorporated. 
  4. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  5. While the cake is cooling, start the syrup by cooking 1/3 cup lemon juice (1 lemon) and remaining 1/3 cup sugar until it comes just to a boil and the remove from heat (the sugar should dissolve, but the mixture will not be thick at all). 
  6. Place the cake onto a wire cake rack over a baking sheet and spoon the hot sugar/lemon mixture over the warm cake (next time I will try poking a few holes in the cake so that it absorbs more). 
  7. Set the cake aside and let it cool completely.
  8. For the glaze, mix together the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice (I added a little bit more juice). Spread across the top and serve.


Swathi said...

Awesome. I love citrus in cakes. Love the syrup and glaze.

Melynda@Scratch Made Food! said...

I will love this cake! Lemon anything is my favorite, thanks so much.

Hunger and Thirst said...

You are speaking my language! I'm a lemon dessert kind of gal, too! Thanks for bringing this winner to the Hearth and Soul hop.

laxsupermom said...

Yum! That looks so good! I love lemony desserts. Thanks for sharing.

kitchen flavours said...

Lemon cake is one of my favourites. Looks like this is a must try! Thanks for the recipe!

Julie said...

Oh yeah...I'm bookmarking this. I'm a chocolate lover all the way, but a good lemon dessert can't be beat.

Anonymous said...

This looks gorgeous, I especially love that there's syrup AND glaze. Perfect with my evening tea!

Maggie said...

Great looking cake, I've made this from IG's recipe and it's a favourite at our house also.

The Wise Alternative 918-836-0565 said...

Lemon anything is my kind of food...especially cake!

Thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

Miz Helen said...

Hi Elsa,
This is a very special cake. Lemon Yogurt with a Lemon Glaze looks so delicate and would taste so good. Thank you so much for bringing it to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

LifeBelowZero said...

Beyond delightful. Tom Petty, Patsy Cline and diva-licious Lemon cake. I have everything but the lemon zest. Book marked and retweeted.
Hello! I am a new follower from
Full Plate Thursday.
Freebies Mom

Unknown said...

who could resist this?! lemon cake seems like just the right antidote to this horrible weather! thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.

Ann said...

What a beautiful cake. I love it. And including a playlist is great.

Unknown said...

This is gorgeous! Thanks for bringing to Friday Potluck! :)

Lisa said...

Mmm, that glaze is so yummy looking. Lemon baked goods are some of my favorites. I hope you'll stop by and link your cake up to Sweets for a Saturday #6. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/02/sweets-for-saturday-6.html

Brittany said...

This looks and sounds amazing! Love how moist it looks (and I love that you have a red kitchenaid :)

Wanted to invite you to share this recipe(and others) At a weekly event I host titled Seasonal Sundays! As it fits the theme quite well! (http://realsustenance.com/)

Happy Sunday!

Kay Little said...

Yummy...can't wait to make this cake. Big fan of Lemon!

BumbleVee said...

it does indeed look yummy.... I'm taking the recipe...and thanks....

Amy said...

Your cake looks moist and delicious! Can't wait to make one myself!

I'm hosting the Culinary Smackdown Battle for March--the theme is Cookies. Would you like to join in for the fun? It doesn' have to be a new post on your blog. You can pick your favorite cookie from your previous post too. All you have to do is link up your cookie creation. I have some great prizes waiting. Hope to see your entry soon!


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