Today's recipe for Tuesday's With Dorie as we bake our way through her wonderful book, Baking From My Home To Yours was chosen by Liliana at My Cookbook Addiction (you can get the recipe for this cake on her blog). It's a very simple French Yogurt Cake. I made it twice. The first time I used orange zest instead of lemon and topped the slices with some orange marmalade. It was pretty good.
Pretty tasty, but not quite what I was hoping for. I didn't care for the orange marmalade.
So I made the cake again when I went home to Idaho to visit my parents this last week. (Fun times as I got away without kids and my WONDERFUL husband played Mom AND Dad for five days--Thanks, Hon!!! It was so good to be at home with my parents and see more family and friends. Did I say thanks, Kev?)
When I made the cake at my parents house, I decided to forgo the zesty flavor and just used vanilla extract. I used a whole tablespoonful. For both cakes I used all purpose flour (no almond meal). The cake came out nice and moist and really is such an easy, nice dessert.
Bad lighting at my folk's house.
I was using a different camera while at my parents and it just didn't take as good of pictures as my usual tried and true camera. This cake was drizzled with a simple powdered sugar glaze, but at the last minute, I added about 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract to the glaze. And I have to say, the lemon flavor made the cake. My mom and I were really wishing I'd put the lemon zest in the cake. After this picture was taken, I really smothered the glaze over the top and sides of the cake. It made us both think of and LONG FOR Paula's Deen's Lemon Blossoms. Have you seen these or tried them? They are little mini size lemon cupcakes drenched in a lemony glaze that are SO good and simple to make with a cake mix and lemon flavored pudding and are very pop-able--as in you can eat a lot of them quickly and still want more and well, they aren't healthy at all, but did I mention they are SO good? Okay, anyway, back to the yogurt cake. I can't wait to make it again sometime SOON with the lemon that Dorie originally put in her recipe and use the simple lemon glaze that I made. I'll feel better about eating it than Paula's Lemon Blossoms because this cake is more healthy, right, I mean, it has yogurt and just a little canola oil and it's got fruit in it. Healthy, right?! ;)
Great pick for a wonderfully, simple cake, Liliana. Thanks! Perfect ladies luncheon dessert, or for a bridal or baby shower, or for, well, anything!