French Yogurt Cake

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Time to add this French yogurt cake to your repertoire. This iconic cake is not only delicious but also holds a special place in French culture as it’s often the very first cake recipe taught to youngsters due to its easy preparation.

a French yogurt cake on a marble board, with a slice being removed from the cake.

This French yogurt cake ticks all the boxes when you’re looking for an easy cake. It’s literally a breeze to make and is affordable, what more!

Rundown

  • Quick and easy to prepare: ready in less than 1 hour (cooking time included)
  • Made with simple ingredients
  • Moist, delicious and customizable (see section “variations”)
  • Perfect for baking with kids
  • No need for a scale to weigh the ingredients. The yogurt container serves as a measuring cup in this recipe ( I also included metric measures if needed).
top view of a French yogurt cake with some slice cut and plates, napkin and spoons around.

Ingredients and Notes

Here is the list of the ingredients with notes for a few of them:

Eggs: at room temperature

Yogurt: plain milk yogurt or Greek Yogurt. In France, a classic yogurt container is 125g. If you’re in the US, choose the 4oz.

Fine sugar: caster or granulated sugar

Vegetable oil with neutral flavor like canola oil

All-purpose flour: sieved

Baking powder

Vanilla extract: optional

How to make this French Yogurt Cake?

Here is a recipe summary with step-by-step photos to help you in the process of making this recipe.

Pour the yogurt into a mixing bowl. Keep the container, rinse it, and dry it. It will serve as a measuring cup.

Add sugar to the yogurt. Mix well.

Add the eggs one at a time. Beat well after each addition

French yogurt cake in process with the yogurt mixed with sugar in a glass bowl on the left side, and the same batter with eggs on the right side.

Add the flour and baking powder. Mix until incorporated but do not overmix.

Add the oil, vanilla extract and mix.

Pour the batter into a lined pan and bake for about 35 minutes.

French yogurt cake in process with the batter in a glass bowl on the left side, and the same batter ina cake pan on the right side.

Let the cake cool on a rack.

Get all the ingredients, measurements, and instructions at the end of this post.

Tips

  • Drain your yogurt before using it if you see a bit of liquid when opening it.
  • Ingredients at room temperature.
  • Do not overmix the batter.
  • To prevent hard edges and a domed cake, use a wet strip around the sides of the pan.
  • Do Not overbake; it will dry your cake, and you will lose the moist texture.

FAQs 

How to store this French Yogurt Cake?

The cake is best enjoyed the day it is made. Store any leftovers for up to 2-3 days in an airtight container at room temperature.

Can we freeze this cake?

You can freeze this yogurt cake for up to 2 months. Simply cover it with cling film and store it in an airtight container. If desired, you can also slice the cake, freeze the individual slices, and thaw only the number of slices you need.

Thaw at room temperature the day before in the fridge.

a slice of a French yogurt cake on a dessert plate with a spoon filled with a bite and a pink napkin in the foreground.

Serving suggestions:

This French yogurt cake is delicious on its own. But if you want to add a bit of indulgence, here are a few ideas:

  • Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • Add a dollop of freshly whipped cream
  • Vanilla custard sauce
  • Fruit coulis
  • You can even decorate it with a chocolate ganache: use the ganache recipe from my chocolate mud cake

Variations

  • use flavored yogurt
  • add fruits like berries
  • add chocolate chips
  • citrus zest: rub the sugar and zest together to enhance the flavor.
a French yogurt cake with a napkin in the foreground and plates and spoon in the background.

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French Yogurt Cake

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 35 minutes
  • Total time: 45 minutes
  • Serves: 6

Easy and quick to make French yogurt cake

Ingredients

  • 1 container - 125g (1/2 cup) plain yogurt - see notes
  • 2 containers - 200g (1 cup) fine sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 containers - 210g ( 1 cup + 3/4 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 container - 50g (1/4 cup) vegetable oil, neutral flavor:
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Method

  • 1)

    In this recipe, we use the yogurt container as a measuring cup.

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Line an 8-inch (20cm) cake pan with baking paper.

  • 2)

    Pour the yogurt into a mixing bowl. Keep the container, rinse it, and dry it. It will serve as a measuring cup.

  • 3)

    Add 2 containers of sugar to the yogurt. Using a whisk, mix well.

  • 4)

    Add the eggs one at a time. Beat well between each addition.

  • 5)

    Add 3 containers of flour and baking powder. Mix until incorporated but do not overmix.

  • 6)

    Add 1/2 container of oil, and vanilla extract, mix.

  • 7)

    Pour the batter into the prepared, lined cake pan and bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the top is slightly golden.

    Note: I place wet cake strips around the pan. It helps keep the sides moist and limits the dome on the top, but it usually takes 5 extra minutes to bake the cake. So, start to monitor the cake after 30 minutes of baking.

    Remove the cake from the pan  and let the cake cool on a rack.

Notes

– Yogurt: plain milk yogurt or Greek Yogurt. In France, a classic yogurt container is 125g. If you’re in the US, choose the 4oz.

– Store any leftovers for up to 2-3 days in an airtight container at room temperature.

– US/UK standard Baking Spoons:  teaspoon: 5ml / tablespoon: 15ml / cup: 240ml

– Scroll back to read tips, variationsstep-by-step photos and FAQ within the blog post that you might find helpful.

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