20 August 2011

Lemon Yoghurt Cake

I made this delicious lemon yoghurt cake for my mum’s birthday today.

It was recently featured in Best and is a Mary Berry recipe.

The first cake book I bought was one of Mary’s and as far as I am concerned, you can’t go wrong with a one of her recipes.

Great to see her on the Great British Bake Off on BBC2 on a Tuesday night.

Keep this cake in the fridge and eat within a week (if it last that long). 

Lemon Yoghurt Cake
(Makes a round, deep 20cm cake tin)


300g Caster Sugar
50g Butter, softened
175g Self-Raising Flour
3 Large Eggs, separated
225g Greek-style Yoghurt
Zest of 1 Lemon


  1. Preheat oven to 180C / Gas Mark 4. Grease the cake tin and line the base with non-stick baking parchment.
  2. Beat together the sugar, butter and egg yolks in a bowl.
  3. Add the yoghurt and lemon zest then beat the mixture until smooth. Gently fold in the flour.
  4. Whisk the egg whites to a soft peak and carefully fold into the mixture.
  5. Turn into the prepared tin. Bake for 1 hour or until the cake is well risen and firm to the touch.
  6. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes then turn out, peel off the parchment and finish cooling on a wire rack.

Lemon Icing


100g Icing Sugar, sifted
1 ½ tbsp Lemon Juice


  1. Mix together the sifted icing sugar and the lemon juice. Pour over the cold cake, smooth over with a palette knife and leave to set.


  1. That does sound good Claire and I love the yoghurt topping. I hope it is finished because I have a cake in the oven just now for your mum.

  2. sounds amazing I love yoghurt! gloria

  3. Sounds nice and light. I agree about Mary, one of my best baking books is hers, never fails.

  4. Cooper and I tasted this cake today and we both loved it. It is really lemony and moreish! Cooper was pointing for more as he ate a piece. hehe :D

  5. Jacqueline - Glad you and Cooper liked it.
    Your cake was fab too. Had a big slice of it on Sunday night when I came in from my volunteering.

  6. I'm really glad to have found your beautiful blog..I like it and your recipes....hugs, Flavia

  7. I've never really thought of yoghurt as a cake ingredient - I'll have to try this :)

  8. I only have low fat yoghurt will this make a difference?