French Lemon-Yogurt-Olive Oil Cake

French Lemon Yogurt Cake - trustinkim

This gorgeous little cake is drenched in a lemon glaze, making it irresistible. I found the recipe on Orangette.  I was looking for a lemony cake, but I wanted to make a recipe that used olive oil. I altered the original recipe slightly by using olive oil, and adding a little more lemon zest.

One other change I made was in the preparation of the recipe, which I think is quite important. I added the zest at the beginning, along with the sugar. If you rub the sugar and zest together it releases the oils from the zest better.

I served part of the cake, then wrapped up a portion and put it in the freezer – just as good a few days later!

What you need for the cake:

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • lemon zest, from 1 large or two small lemons
  • ½ cup olive oil

What you need for the glaze:

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup of powdered sugar
 What you do:
  1. Prepare an 8 inch cake pan by spraying it or rubbing it with butter. Cut a circle of parchment paper to fit in the bottom of the pan. Spray or spread butter on the parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
  2. Place the sugar and zest in a large bowl. Rub the zest into the sugar with your fingers.
  3. Add the yogurt and eggs, one at a time, and stir until well blended.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, mixing enough to just combine the dry ingredients.
  5. Add the oil a little at a time and stir until it is a smooth batter.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the cake feels springy to the touch and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  8. Cool the cake on rack for 10 minutes; then turn the cake out onto the rack.
  9. Prepare the glaze by stirring the lemon juice and powdered sugar together. Place a plate or baking tray below the cake to catch drips. While the cake is still warm, use a pastry brush spread the glaze all over the cake –  some of it will drip off, but keep going until the glaze is gone, as it will soak in.
  10. Allow cake to cool completely.
  11. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if you desire it and serve. This cake was still delicious a few days after baking.


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