French Yogurt Cake

June 25, 2012 § 1 Comment

I babysit the cutest little girls, who just happen to love baking. There are many recipes which are not easy to do with a 2 year old and a 4 year old, but this is not one of them! One rainy day, the girls wanted to bake. I was looking through their mom’s cookbooks, and this one sounded perfect. Not only was it simple, but one girl could stir the “dry bowl” and one could stir the “wet bowl” so we didn’t have any fights over participation. Oh, and we happened to have all the ingredients, which is kind of important.

This recipe comes from the Chocolate and Zucchini cookbook; I found the online recipe here. The yogurt makes it really moist and it has a light taste to it. The chocolate chips were added in by us, because chocolate chips make everything better of course.  The original recipe includes rum, which I omitted since breaking out a bottle of rum with 2 kids under 5 didn’t quite seem appropriate.

I brought home a couple pieces for Andrew, which he enjoyed in European fashion for breakfast with some coffee- watching soccer, of course.


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk yogurt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 T rum (optional)
  • handful of mix ins (optional) Berries, nuts, chocolate chips- we probably used 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350°, line a 10″ round cake pan with parchment paper, and grease the pan.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, yogurt, sugar, vanilla, and oil. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the large bowl and mix gently, just until everything is combined. If you are adding any extras, add them now. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a fork comes out clean. Put the pan on a cooling rack for 10 minutes, then remove the cake and allow it to cool on its own on the rack the rest of the way.

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