Greek Yogurt Cake

[Photograph: Jonathan Lovekin]

Like pound cake, but lighter, this Greek yogurt cake from Mad Hungry Cravings gets its moistness from its namesake and floral sweetness from honey. Make this the night before a big breakfast.

Reprinted with permission by Lucinda Scala Quinn. Copyright © 2013. Published by Artisan Books. Available wherever books are sold. All rights reserved.

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Greek Yogurt Cake

About This Recipe

Yield:serves 8
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:1 hour 15 minutes
This recipe appears in: Bake the Book: Greek Yogurt Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Walnuts for garnish (optional)
  • Sour cherries in syrup for garnish (optional)

Procedures

  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 350°F with a rack in the middle position. Butter and flour a 9-by-2-inch springform pan.

  2. 2

    Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir together the yogurt and honey in a small bowl.

  3. 3

    In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating until fully incorporated. Beat in the vanilla extract.

  4. 4

    Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the yogurt and beginning and ending with the flour.

  5. 5

    Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove the sides of the pan and invert the cake; lift off the pan bottom and let the cake cool completely.

  6. 6

    Slice the cake and serve plain, sprinkled with sugar, or with the topping of your choice, such as walnuts or cherries.

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