Sunday, 18 January 2009

How I fell in love with food: my first yogurt cake for SHF

Before talking about the "history" of my cake, I would like to thank Rachel from Vampituity for choosing the theme of "Childhood Delights" for this month's Sugar High Friday. There was no way I would have missed this chance to talk about one of my favourite cakes. So thank you Rachel and also Jennifer from The Domestic Goddess (founder of Sugar High Friday).

Why I am so keen to talk about this cake is because it is the first cake I have learnt to make at the age of 5. The recipe has stayed engraved in my mind and I have never forgotten it. It must be thanks to this cake that I completely fell in love with food and cakes in particular.

The great thing about my "Gateau au yaourt" (yogurt cake) is that it can take lots of different shapes. It can be made in a square tin using chocolate and vanilla and be made as a marble cake. It can be cut in half and spread with either jam or melted chocolate (like a sandwich) or simply flavoured with vanilla and served with custard. It's the kind of versatile cake that can be adapted to any mood. Oh, before I forget it also TASTES GREAT!

My gateau au yaourt must be one of the simplest and quickest cakes to make in the world. So if you find a lonely pot of plain yogurt in your fridge, give it chance to be part of something exciting! For the record, I used a homemade plain whole milk yogurt I made the day before making this cake*.

So here we are now! Time to go back to my first encounter with baking. Sweet memories!

Gateau au yaourt (yogurt cake)
Serves 6 to 8

1 small pot (125g) of good quality yogurt
(I have used a homemade one)
3 pots of plain flour

2 pots of sugar

3 eggs

About 2 teaspoons of baking powder

Some vanilla
essence (or almond, lemon or anything you like)
1/2 pot of vegetable oil (alternatively you can use a good knob of butter)

Lots of good memories from your childhood

This is a rather quick cake to prepare and to cook which may be why it was the first cake I learnt to make while at primary school.

First, preheat the oven to 180ºC. Grease a 20-21 cm round cake tin with butter.

In a large bowl, pour the yogurt and give it a little stir until smooth.

Add the sugar, stir once again and add the eggs one at a time. Whisk until you get a smooth consistency again.

Gently add the flour and baking power. Make sure to remove any lumps by whisking vigorously.

Once your cake preparation is nicely smooth add the vanilla essence (or the any other essence you like). Stir well before pouring your preparation in the cake dish.

Place in the oven for about 20-25 minutes or until a the tip of a knife comes out clean.

Serve with some chocolate sauce or custard. Alternatively (my favourite version), cut the cake horizontally in the middle (as if you were making a sandwich). Pour some melted chocolate or some raspberry jam on the bottom half and close with its top half. Serve as is.

*I went on a day course on how to make yogurts ( I told you I love them!) in a farm in Somerset (check it out here) and brought more pots of delicious yogurts than you can imagine. I will tell you about that very special day in a later post.


Rachel said...


This looks so delicious and simple-thank you for sharing. I've been suffering of late with bad, dry cakes and this one looks amazing. Thank you for reaching back to such a tender age for Childhood Delights SHF!

gine said...

This cake looks delicious! And I'm impressed that you learned baking at the age of 5 :-)!

Laurinha said...

Thank you for posting!
This cake was in my French book when I was a kid and I loved it ever since!!
Super easy and delicious!

swiftsword said...

This looks really good, and I'd love to make it, but the ingredient amounts are confusing me a bit.

When you say 1 pot of yogurt, 3 pots of flour, etc, how much is a pot?

Sorry if I'm being silly, but I don't understand, haha.