Yogurt Cake

Published January 22, 2024

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Easy Yogurt Cake! It’s an irresistible cake made a bit healthier with Greek yogurt and olive oil, and it has a moist crumb with a texture similar to muffins or pound cake. It’s delicious topped with whipped cream or sweetened yogurt and fresh berries, or keep it simple and dust with a light powdered sugar finish or drizzle with honey.

Slice of yogurt cake shown close up with yogurt and berries on top.Why You’ll Love This Easy Homemade Cake

This humbly simple French style yogurt cake is perfectly fit for entertaining or a birthday celebration, yet it’s mildly sweet also making it ideal for a weekend breakfast.

It’s a tender cake thanks to its high yogurt content and the taste has a nice faint tang and depth of flavor.

And you wouldn’t believe how effortless it is to make. It’s a cake that doesn’t require a mixer at all, it’s a simple batter mixed by hand.

The other great thing about it is that you don’t need to wait for it to cool completely before slicing and serving. It can be served a bit warm which is great during cooler months, or when you simply don’t have the time to wait hours for a decadent homemade cake.Whole yogurt cake sliced with cream and berries on top.

Yogurt Cake Recipe Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour: I like to use unbleached all-purpose flour.
  • Baking powder and baking soda: The combination of both leavening agents helps the cake rise a bit higher.
  • Salt: Table salt or kosher salt can be used.
  • Granulated sugar: This is a mildly sweet cake for a sweeter cake you can use 1 1/4 cups sugar.
  • Eggs: Eggs help bind all the ingredients and help the cake rise, they are a key ingredient. Bringing them to room temp first helps cake rise a bit better.
  • Whole plain Greek yogurt: Whole milk yogurt (instead of lowfat) will yield a richer cake. For a slightly fluffier cake use something like Chobani brand, for a denser cake use something like Fage.
  • Olive oil: I recommend using olive oil or light olive oil, not extra virgin olive oil as it would impart quite a bit of flavor as it’s strongest of the three.
  • Vanilla extract: This adds a delicious background flavor to the mild cake.

Possible Substitutes and Variations

  • Oil: Vegetable oil or canola oil can be used in place of olive oil.
  • Yogurt: Sweetened vanilla Greek yogurt would be a good alternative to plain yogurt, or light sour cream may work as well.
  • Vanilla: Vanilla bean paste is another delicious option in place of vanilla extract (use an equal amount).
  • Blueberries: For a blueberry yogurt cake simple fold in 1 1/4 cups fresh blueberries to the batter before baking.
  • Lemon: If you want a lemon yogurt cake replace 2 Tbsp of the yogurt with 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, also add 2 Tbsp lemon zest. Increase sugar to 1 1/4 cups.

Ingredients needed for yogurt cake.

How to Make Yogurt Cake from Scratch

  1. Heat oven, prepare pan: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with non-stick spray, line bottom with a round of parchment paper and spray parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Whisk dry ingredients: In a medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Mix sweetener and wet ingredients: In a separate mixing bowl whisk together sugar, oil, eggs, yogurt and vanilla extract until well blended.
  4. Combined mixtures: Pour flour mixture into yogurt mixture then stir mixture until combined.
  5. Pour batter into pan: Pour batter into prepared springform pan and spread into an even layer.
  6. Bake until set: Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, about 33 to 36 minutes.
  7. Let cool slightly before slicing and serving. Top as desired (see below).

Steps of making yogurt cake batter.

Topping Ideas

I recommend serving yogurt cake with:

  • Sweetened whipped cream
  • Sweetened Greek yogurt (thick Fage works well sweetened with powdered sugar to taste)
  • Fruit curd
  • Honey
  • Fresh fruit such as berries, mangoes, peaches, bananas
  • Vanilla ice cream and caramel or chocolate sauce
  • Pie filling (apple or berry)

Yogurt cake baking in oven in springform pan.

Can I Use a Regular 9-inch Cake Pan?

  • Instead of baking in a springform pan you can also use a 9-inch cake pan as long as it’s at least 2 1/2-inches tall or more (otherwise batter may overflow).
  • You could also use a 9-inch square pan.

What About Converting into Cupcakes?

  • This recipe should also work well baked in a cupcake pan.
  • Reduce yogurt to 1 cup.
  • Grease pan with cooking spray and fill cups 2/3 full.
  • Bake 350 degrees, about 20 minutes.

Completed baked yogurt cake sliced with powdered sugar garnished over.

How to Store Yogurt Cake

  • Yogurt cake should be stored in an airtight container once cool.
  • It will keep at room temperature for about 2 days, refrigerated for about 6 days.
  • Cake can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

Five slices of yogurt cake shown on blue dessert plates.

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5 from 4 votes

Yogurt Cake

An irresistible cake made a bit healthier with Greek yogurt and olive oil, and it has a super moist crumb with texture similar to muffins or pound cake. It's delicious topped with whipped cream or sweetened yogurt and fresh berries, or keep it simple and dust with a light powdered sugar finish or drizzle with honey.
Servings: 10
Prep20 minutes
Cook35 minutes
Ready in: 55 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with non-stick spray, line bottom with a round of parchment paper and spray parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a separate mixing bowl whisk together sugar, yogurt, olive oil, eggs and vanilla extract until well blended.
  • Pour flour mixture into yogurt mixture then stir mixture until combined.
  • Pour batter into prepared springform pan and spread into an even layer. Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, about 33 to 36 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly before slicing and serving.

Notes

  • *You can use 1 1/4 cups sugar for a sweeter cake, this is lightly sweet as is.
  • **Don't use extra virgin olive oil unless you want a more pronounced flavor. Regular or light olive oil are recommended. Another option is to use vegetable oil or canola oil.
  • If desired cake can be served with sweetened whipped cream or sweetened yogurt (using powdered sugar), and fresh berries.
Nutrition Facts
Yogurt Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 178mg8%
Potassium 173mg5%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 83IU2%
Calcium 81mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

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20 Comments

  • Kristin

    This was really light and delicious. My boys are not frosting fans so this was a nice alternative. A slightly sweet cake with a beautiful whipped topping. We all really enjoyed it.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Thanks for your review Kristin! I’m happy to hear you tried it and it turned out to be family approved.

  • Nancy Bircher

    Made this cake for the first time and it was EXCELLENT! The cake was moist and great flavor. This is definitely a “keeper” that I will make again and again. I topped it with a bit of whipped cream and berries but it would have been just as good without it.

  • Christina Betts

    Oh my gosh! Made the cake tonight, So Good!! Used half coconut oil/avocado oil & gluten free baking flour with 1 tsp xanthan gum. I only had about 3/4 cups of yogurt in the fridge but used sourcream to make up the rest. Did I mention sooo good! I have lots of frozen strawberries so heated some up on the stove with a little maple syrup and served with cake for dessert. Can’t wait for my morning coffee and cake!

  • Ronald

    Will the recipe for yogurt cake work with Cake Setting in a bread machine?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I’be never tested cake in a bread machine but if you usually have success with other cake recipes in it this should work the same.

  • Tonya

    This sounds delicious! Can you use fresh/frozen cranberries in it? And can you replace the lemon juice with orange juice to make a cranberry orange cake?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Yes you could make this a cranberry orange yogurt cake. I would increase the sugar to 1 1/4 c since cranberries are quite tart and fresh or frozen should work. Then use the orange juice and zest in place of the lemon as noted.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Yes just a 9 inch cake pan but it should have taller sides, if not just fill pan 2/3 full and use any extra batter for cupcakes.

  • Angela Benbow

    Could this also be made with a gluten-free flour/ coconut or almond flour?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Without testing I’m not sure what the best gluten free blend would be but it would likely need a combo of some of the lighter flours (like rice, potato, tapioca) and xanthan gum.