Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Pucker up for Ina's Lemon Yougurt Cake...

Do you enjoy the taste of lemon as much as I do? I wanted a refreshing dessert to serve to my cooking light group. I chose Ina Garten's Lemon Yogurt Cake recipe from her book Barefoot Contessa at Home. I searched and found so many positive reviews on this recipe. There is no butter so this recipe fit my cooking light criteria. I found the recipe to be quick and easy to prepare and you do not even need a mixer to make this. I did not make the glaze and thought it was fine without it. Next time I will try the glaze. So pucker up and have fun making Ina's lemony yogurt cake.

The following Recipe is courtesy of foodnetwork.com


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 extra-large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease and flour the pan.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it's all incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.

When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Cool.

For the glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice and pour over the cake.



  1. Thank-u for sharing.This looks yummy!Have a great day! blessings, Faye

  2. wow this looks so yummy and moist...thanks for your link!

  3. I'm just going to have to make this for the kiddos who are so valiantly standing outside at the polls after school today, handing out Vote for my MOM! cards with my name on it.

    They deserve it for their support for my write-in campaign for the board of education. Thanks for the delish recipe.
    Simmering over the Kolz

  4. Lemon is one of my favorites. When I was a kid, I always made lemon cupcakes with lemon icing! This recipe sounds delicious and easy. Thanks!

  5. I have made this cake from my cooking idol Ina. I could eat it every day, but eventually I would be too fat to make it to the kitchen.

  6. Yum, I wonder if a nice lemon cream cheese frosting would work... and I'll have a glass of iced black coffee please

  7. Being alot more detail oriented then me....I would have shown the picture of the cake then put down the page number in Ina's book where to find the recipe!! Daughter makes this all the time and says how wonderful it is...your jelly roll is wonderful....your to blame if I fall off the diet wagon....

  8. Oh my! The cake look so good - I love lemon.
    Thanks for stoppng by. I will be back when have more time to check out more of your posts.

  9. Oh my goodness does that sound good???? I love lemon anything and will have to try this! Enjoy your day!

  10. Hi Joyce. Thanks for the sweet comment. Girl, we gotta get you off that AUTO mode. There is a book called Understand Exposure. It's worth it's weight in gold. If you would read that you would be shooting in manual in no time. As far as teaching a class....ummmm I don't think I'm the best teacher in the world for stuff like that. But I appreciate your vote of confidence. :-)

  11. This cake sounds absolutely delishious and I adore Ina. I also love anything lemony, so this recipe is a keeper!!

    Thanks Joyce! :-D


  12. Hummm, I will have to try this, if Ina made it, it has to be good. I just love watching her.
    DH has a garden and about 50 tomato plants in it, but I wanted some on the patio for salads.
    He did do all the work, I just have to water them when I water my flowers.

  13. Looks good - I've made a lemon pound cake but this sounds much better!!

  14. Yummy. I really love lemon and am so looking forward to making this cake. I only have non-fat yogurt though, so I'll have to pick up the whole milk type just for this recipe. Thanks for sharing. Mumzie

  15. This is a favorite of ours and I like the fact that you don't have to use a mixer -- I like those kinds of cakes.

  16. I love Ina and have alwaye wanted to try this cake..its a perfect summer dessert-maybe with a glass of limoncello!

  17. This looks delicious. As much as I love to cook, I am a fearful and hesitant baker. But, I love Ina and I love lemon. This looks good enough to set aside my phobias and bake!!

    Also, thanks for stopping by my photo blog, Joyce. Glad you liked the shot that day.


  18. This sounds too good! Thanks for visiting my blog in Astoria, Oregon!

  19. Oh, I do love lemon, and I know that cake would be sooo good.

  20. That looks really yummy. I love lemon!

  21. Thanks so much for stopping by and becoming a follower!!! I sooo appreciate it!!! I took a peek at your blog and I love it...I can't wait to come back and visit!!!

    Have a wonderful day!!!

  22. That looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe and thanks for visiting my blog.

  23. Thanks for visiting my blog today!

    The cake looks delicious - I'm a big fan of Ina.

    Thanks for sharing, I'm adding you to my list of favorites.


  24. Looks delicious...I love Lemon...
    And I glad you visited my blog for my Patriotic tables..God bless your son, and thanks for his service!

  25. Joyce--thanks for visiting my tablescape. Thank YOU. I have the utmost respect for our men and women in the military and for their families who also make huge sacrifices.

  26. Hi Joyce! Oh, this looks so good! I love lemon anythings! Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  27. Looks so yummy and seems so healthy too....Christine

  28. That looks delicious! I have been wanting to make this for some time now. Thanks for sharing!

  29. This sounds scrumptuous! Thanks for providing the recipe.

  30. Gosh, does this recipe sound delicious! Not at difficult to make either. Thanks so much for sharing it with us! LOVE your blog!

  31. Thanks for visiting my blog! You sound like a woman after my own heart!
    I LOVE INA. Her cookbooks are the ones I use the most! She's not too complicated - although every once in a while, you really need to let your checkbook catch up with hers when it comes to ingredients. But my family has so many favorites that are from her, I don't have a clue what we'd be eating without her!
    Have a great day! Karen

  32. Well that looks absolutely delicious! I wanna try it. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I really appreciate it. :)


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