Saturday, April 24, 2010

Lemon Yogurt Cake

And last, but not least.....pound cake.

Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake .... from The Barefoot Contessa. Giada can't have all the fun ya know...

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Ina says that this version is healthier than most pound cake recipes due to her substitution of yogurt for some of the butter. While this may be true, I have a hard time with the words 'pound cake' and 'healthy' being used in the same sentence. That's all I've got to say.

Oh yeah...... this was delicious. And if you come back in a few days, I'll show you something else you can do with this cake and a panini maker that will make you run for the kitchen.... I promise.

Lemon Yogurt Cake
Recipe from Ina Garten and

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
3 extra-large eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

for the glaze:
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Grease and flour the pan.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it's all incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.

When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Cool.

For the glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice and pour over the cake.


  1. This is to die for........that girl can cook can't she?? You are walking in the footsteps of some amazing cooks and giving them all a run for their money!!!! I think you need to start a catering business and let someone else to the landscape design :)) Hope you have a great week Sam!

  2. You're going to kill me with these!! I'm itching to bake something tonight,and this would be it, except I don't have all the ingredients.. and I'd go out, but it has been SNOWING all day, and it's too depressing to step outside, esp. since yesterday I was wearing shorts.. vive le Canada! ;p
    Another one bookmarked, I *heart* poundcake. And the photos are to die for!

  3. I have family coming in this week and I think I'm going to try both this cake and the paella. Thanks for the yummy recipe's:)

  4. Thanks Melanie and Beth! Let me know how it turns out!

  5. Well, I made them both. Some liked it and some didn't. What is really surprising is that my two year old granddaughter who doesn't eat much of anything, loved both the paella and the lemon pound cake. The lemon made her shudder but she couldn't eat it fast enough:) Thanks again.