There is only one thing greater than eating yogurt, incorporating it into a dessert or a dip. The latter is very nice for vegetables and grilled meat pieces, specially during summer time. At this time, basically everything refreshing is perfect for the occasion. Can you imagine eating a cold cucumber yogurt dip in the winter? Nope, not me.
First time I tried a yogurt dip was in a party in the USA. Most of the experiences I had around the first year I arrived in the USA were basically a culture shock. It is very common to find rissóis or croquetes in an Angolan party, regardless of its size.
I mean just look at this chicken croquete on the left side; it looks appetizing. You will have to excuse me for a couple of minutes while I go make some 😀 Now you can imagine my surprise when I failed to find any croquete at the party and instead I found vegetables with a yogurt dip. I must say that hit my stomach very hard, in a bad way. A culture shock moment for me, for sure. However once you get used to it, the dip is actually tasty and perfect with vegetables. And just like this, I was pushed to continue to long lost research on a perfect yogurt cake.
For years I have been looking for a nice yogurt cake recipe, and you will not believe I just found it only this year. Go ahead, you can ask me where I was looking for this and to tell you the truth I am unsure of the answer. I always started the search so positive and with high hopes. I must say it was very exhausting because there are so many recipes around the web. However that was not the main issue. If there is someone who sucks at researching, it is me. I have to admit this in order to recover that is the sad reality. No joke… Maybe a little 🙂
Anyways, most of the recipes for the yogurt cake I found lack something, specially the type of yogurt. I tried several with the low fat yogurt, but at some point the cake batter would curdle. Although I managed to fix the recipe by adding a small quantity of flour, the cake failed my fluffiness test. The flavor and texture of the yogurt cake were just fine, the problem is that I had envisioned something else. I figure I was doing something wrong.
Take a guess. No? The amount of eggs I was adding was wrong and so was the type of yogurt. Usually my cakes have a minimum amount of 4 eggs, and I found out the hard way that perhaps I have to change these silly habit. And I finally used Greek or whole milk yogurt for the recipe. In summary keeping the amount of eggs and butter constant these were the results:
The reason behind the image above is simply because fat has the property of binding the ingredients together. The structure of the cake becomes more stable if you have the right amount of fat in it. You will have some amount of fat from the butter / oil so you will need to balance it with the amount of yogurt added.
The recipe for the yogurt cake is very easy and simple; it can be done in two-steps. Blending and baking processes are the only processes required. The cake can be done traditionally just like any other cake, but why would you when you can blend it? Are you ready for the recipe? Grab a pen and paper to take notes on this beautifully delicious yogurt cake 🙂
Yogurt Cake with Velvety Chocolate Ganache
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- Chocolate ganache*
*For instructions for the chocolate ganache, please visit the blog post on Hack: Chocolate Glazed Carrot Cake.
Preheat the oven at 180 °C (350 °F). Grease and flour the pan of your choice. Sift the flour with the baking powder.
Using a blender, add all of the ingredients and turn it on for 3 – 5 minutes. Ensure to stop once or twice to remove some ingredients that may have been stuck in the wall of the blender. Avoid blending the mixture for more than 7 minutes.
Transfer the contents from the blender to the pan using the help of a spatula. Place the pan in the oven and allow the cake to bake until a toothpick comes out clean from its center.
Remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool.
Once cooled, remove the cake from the pan into an appropriate cake. Add the chocolate ganache to the top of the cake. At this point you can add some nuts or fruits as well for garnishing.
May the recipe for the yogurt cake climb into your list of favorite easy cakes to make. Enjoy it with your loved ones. There is nothing better in life than sharing the plate / piece of our favorite dessert. 😀
Until next time, Hungry People.