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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Orange Yogurt Cake

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Regular visitors to One Perfect Bite know that I love European, barely sweet desserts. This cake fits that mold. It's extremely easy to make and remarkable in that it has a buttery taste despite the fact it contains no butter. It's high and moist, a bit lighter that most yogurt cakes and is a perfect base for berries and a dollop of cream. I've used orange zest to flavor the cake but lemon or cocoa could also have been used. I baked mine in an 8-inch cheese cake pan with fixed sides because I like the height it gives the cake. A 9-inch cake pan with high sides or a chiffon cake pan can also be used. Make sure the center of the cake is done before you remove it from the oven. The first time I made the cake I didn't follow my own directions and the undercooked center forced me to create an unintended tube cake. Here's the recipe.

Orange Yogurt Cake...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

2 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
2 tablespoons strained orange juice
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup vanilla flavored Greek yogurt (see cook's note below)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Confectioners' sugar (optional)

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch cheesecake pan with fixed sides. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper; grease. Dust pan with flour. Set aside.
2) In bowl of an electric stand mixer, beat eggs and sugar until thick and creamy, about 4 minutes. Add orange zest and juice and beat until well combined, about 1 minute longer.
3) Sift flour, salt and baking powder together into another bowl. Fold into batter.
4) Add yogurt to batter and stir to mix. Add oil and stir to combine.
5) Pour batter into prepared cake pan. Bake in lower third of oven until golden brown and a cake tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 55 to 60 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan and continue to cool on a rack. Transfer to a cake plate and dust with Confectioners' sugar if using. Yield: 8 servings.

Cook's note: Plain yogurt, strained to remove excess liquid, flavored with a teaspoon of vanilla extract can be used as a substitute for Greek yogurt. If you use a 9-inch pan reduce cooking time by about 10 minutes.


LK- Healthy Delicious said...

this sounds delicious! I've never seen a yogurt cake before, but I love the idea of a dessert that isn't super sweet. The citrus is this looks lovely.

Chow and Chatter said...

this sounds amazing I love your recipes, so happy I found your blog

Selba said...

I believe this is a wonderful cake! The orange in middle makes it look so pretty.

graciegirl said...

What a pretty looking dessert, perfect for my up comming tea party.I'll have to try it.

Say It With Roses said...

YUMMY! I hope I will get a chance to try this. Thank you for the recipe!

Elena said...

Sounds and looks so yummy. It's a great recipe.

Ann said...

WOW! such a flavourful combo and I do love the look so much

Natashya said...

Yum, that does sound good. I am with you - I love the moist and barely sweet cakes too.

stefanie said...

thats almost to pretty to eat, happy 4th of july

Valerina said...

Thank you for this recipe. I baked 3 different desserts yesterday and I'm too lazy to go out and buy some more butter. Plus I LOVE anything citrus. This sounds perfect for something light and zesty. I may try it with limes or lemons. I'll post the pics. on my blog if I make it. :) Have a great holiday weekend!

caren said...

Your recipes always look so yummy!

The Artful Paper Doll said...

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy 4th! .•*˙˙*•.HaPPy PiNk SaTuRdaY!.•*˙˙*•.

Cheers! =D
~Kitty Kellie
The Artful Paper Doll

The Quintessential Magpie said...

We love yogurt, Mary, so Mr. Magpie and I would enjoy this cake!


Sheila :-)

Dawn said...

You have a lot of great recipes on your blog! My great grandmother used to make an orange cake that was so good! I think I'd like to try your recipe as well!

take care,

melissa said...

Such a beautiful cake and I am sure it tastes as good as it looks!
love you blog :)

Boo-Bah said...

I would love trying this recipe. It sounds wonderful.

Happy 4th of July

heartnsoulcooking said...

YUMMY - looks and sound delicious. Yogurt is great in desserts. I use it in some of my dessert.

Jorgelina said...

This sounds delicious!
Happy pink saturday.

Seams to Sew and Quilt said...

This looks and sounds yummy, Thanks for sharing.

the ungourmet said...

This looks like something I'd find in a wonderful little bakery somewhere! It's just beautiful!

someplace in thyme said...

this sounds so yummy, thankyou for the recipe. Happy Pink Saturday and Happy 4th of July to you and yours. I can't wait to make this for my family, Char

Lynda said...

This is a perfect looking cake, so pretty and I love that it has yogurt in the ingredients- very delicious looking, Mary!
Happy 4th!

Marta said...

I love the european approach to baking as well, it's somehow healthier, less fatty, less sweet! This cake looks perfectly light for after the 4th of July dinner!

Gollum said...

Oh, my...I can't wait to make this.

finsmom said...

This looks really delicious! Great ingredients!


Sounds delish! I think I just may have to try it! I'll be back by for a visit sometime!


singinghorse said...

I love the orange flavor and a yogurt cake is always a plus. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Mariana said...

Oh My. At first I thought for sure there were boiled whole oranges in the recipe as it looks so orange. I love the height you achieve; it makes it appear so much more impressive. Im not sure what all purpose flour is - would that be plain or self raising flour in case I decide to make it.

Mary said...

Mariana, I use plain all-purpose flour to make the cake.

Debinhawaii said...

I love yogurt cakes and muffins and I am sure with the orange it is bright and refreshing. Such a pretty cake too.

Happy 4th!

Sares said...

This cake sounds and looks very yummy! It would be great in the summer for a dessert. Give me cake anytime of the year though! Let me eat CAKE!

Susie Jefferson said...

It looks delicious! Happy Pink Saturday & Happy Independence Day (early on Sunday morning in the UK)!

Barb said...

Mary, Thanks for coming by.

Hard for me to visit here. So many goodies!!!! =0)))

Beautiful site you have.

Barbara Jean

Karen said...

This looks so good... bet it'd be perfect with a nice cup of coffee!

peppermint said...

I'll have to give this one a try! Looks absolutely yummy! Thank you for stopping by my blog!

Katy ~ said...

Yummm...I am in such an orange mode right now that I could eat that whole cake all by myself!

Audrey Carlson said...

I can't wait to try this cake. I think it may even please my healthier crowd.

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