Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Lemon Yoghurt Cake

It seems when baking I tend to go chocolate or lemon.  It is difficult to determine which is my favourite! Maybe because I love good coffee, but also love freshly brewed tea that I hedge my bets and go with what suits! Lemon cakes and good tea are a gorgeous combination, but then coffee and chocolate- well, that takes some beating! What I love about this recipe is how ridiculously easy it is to make. Because it uses oil it is a lovely moist cake that keeps well, and of course because there is no creaming the butter and sugar it is so quick to make.  It is perfect for whipping up in a hurry, or for when you need to put something in the tins for lunchboxes but can't be bothered going to much effort.
I used some of the cute tins I got from Lakeland (again transported home by my sister from the UK!).  They worked beautifully, I sprayed them with baking spray and they fell out of the tin with ease. I topped the cakes with a simple lemon drizzle of lemon juice mixed into icing sugar, done to a nice pouring consitency.  The perfect afternoon tea treat and lunchbox filler!

Lemon Yoghurt Cake

2 eggs
1/2 c greek yoghurt (unsweetened)
1/2 c whole milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups self raising flour

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon grated zest of lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 180° C (350° F), line the bottom of a round ten-inch (25cm) cake pan with parchment paper and grease the sides. In a large mixing-bowl, gently combine the yoghurt, milk eggs, sugar, vanilla, oil and lemon zest and juice.  Add the flour into the yoghurt mixture, and blend together -- don't overwork the dough. Pour the
batter into the prepared cake pan, and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean. Let stand for ten minutes, run a knife around to loosen, and turn out on a rack to cool.


Rhyleysgranny said...

I love lemon cake and that sounds perfect. I love your little lakeland hearts. I must look for them. x

Lucie said...

These look wonderful! I am a huge lemon cake fan