Lemon Yogurt Cake

Made this sweet treat for Easter brunch. It was a staple for my best friend Cara and she turned me into a huge fan - it is delicious. So good in fact, yesterday I thought leaving it at the Frisbie's (our gracious hosts) for their enjoyment was the right thing to do  - only to go retrieve it today because I really wanted the rest for myself. Bad party attendee? Yup, that's me. Here is the recipe, good for pretty much any occasion.

Ina Garten's Lemon Yogurt Cake

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.


Lindsey Anne | pinklet and c said...

Looks delicious! Great job!

Nora said...

this looks delicious, even the name of it... so summery! yum. And I love the platter!


Rebecca said...

Perfect time of the year to make things with lemons!! We just made four batches of lemon bread for my family to enjoy while they are visiting us in Chicago this weekend!!

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

Looks delicious!

Caroline said...

To date I have never been let down by an Ina Garten recipe :) Your cake looks so beautiful! Lemon desserts during Spring time are the best - Will have to give it a try sometime soon :)

Lischen said...

yummyyyy :)


I. G. R. said...

OMG! Looks delicious!!! I´ll give it a try....


elissa said...

looks so good! i love the white frosting and the dark cake. perfect for easter.