May 25, 2009

::People's Choice:: Lemon Yogurt Cake

Welcome to a new feature that i decided to add to my blog: People's Choice, where I will (hopefully) cast a weekly poll for you to decide what I make next.

This week's winner is Lemon Yogurt Cake, Recipe by Ina Garten

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 (approx. 2 lemons)

Glaze (i made half the recipe here)
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. I used my mini loaf pan.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into a 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. Using the mini pan, I only had to bake for 35 minutes.

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. I used approx. 1 tsp. per loaf. Cool.

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


pinkstripes said...

They look wonderful! I've heard this recipe is delicious. I'll have to try it.

pink said...

Yum! Those look good. I love anything lemony.

Tracey said...

I've heard really good things about this recipe (well I guess about most of Ina's recipes)! I really want to make this one. Your loaves look terrific.

Selba said...

It definitely looks so delicious!

Elyse said...

Yay for people's choice! These little lemon cakes are so darn precious. I'm so glad they won. Delicious!

Jaime said...

I haven't had Ina's, but Dorie lemon yogurt cake was pretty good

Mermaid Sweets said...

I like the people's choice feature, I love love love this recipe, haven't tried it in mini loaves, yours look soo good.

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