Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Lemon Thyme Yogurt Cake....

Here is another Ina recipe.  I did change a few things.  I used non-fat plain Greek yogurt instead of whole milk and where the recipe calls for 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, I used 1/4 cup canola and 1/4 cup coconut oil.  Because I have so much lemon thyme and I just love the flavor, I added a few teaspoons into the batter and the glaze.

  • 1 1/2 cups 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
  • 1 teaspoon lemon thyme

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.

 As usual I'm impatient.  You can see I didn't let the glaze dry.  I should have waited at least 10 more minutes.  Still delicious!  You can't beat an Ina recipe.


  1. So pretty! This is one of my favorites. I like the idea of the lemon thyme. Yum!!!

  2. That looks so good . My mouth is watering.

  3. Omy! This cake look amazing and I love lemon in it:))

  4. Look at that amazing color! Wow, truly wish I could join you in a slice-enjoy:@)

  5. That's taking an Ina recipe and making it better. Those were some nice alternative ingredients.


  6. That sure does look lush. I just picked up an Ina book! Haven't started reading it yet but look forward to it. Take care and thanks for sharing. Susan

  7. I've been making the lemon tea bread from Emily Tolly's Herb book for years, but this looks much moister, and I have lemon thyme too.
    Plus its a simple recipe. Wonderful to bring to someone's house too.

  8. Are you bringing this to the cottage??? Looks delicious!!!

  9. Looks divine! Is confectioners sugar what we would call icing sugar over here in England?

    1. Hi Anne, yes confectioners sugar is icing sugar. Hope you try this cake it is delicious.

  10. It looks yummy, I have so much Lemon Thyme too so now I know what to do with it.

  11. That shot of the dripping glaze is more than I can bear!

  12. Oh yummy, gonna make this later...I have a vintage tea party to bake for and this will do the trick THANK YOU

  13. Wow ...this does look delectable... great color ... and that glaze? So lovely!

  14. Oh, biting into that looks like pure heaven. Your recipes are amazing and your photography is out of site. I am your newest follower.
    My husband is a foodie and has a blog where he posts about his two interests, woodworking and cooking . . . I will make a note to remember and send him your way. I'm sure he will want to follow, too.
    Until then, have a lovely day, and thank you for creating this amazing site. Connie :)

  15. Oh yum, yum, yum!! I love lemon drizzle cakes like this and the added lemon thyme is great-and so timely as I need to give my lemon thyme a haircut this weekend...will definitely be making this in the next few days!

  16. Yummy, I love lemon desserts and I do have lemon thyme growing in my herb garden. Another wonderful recipe to try. Beautiful photos too! Have a lovely day, Julie.

  17. WHAT a BEAUTIFUL cake and made with one my FAVOURITE herbs too, Lemon Thyme! This would be an ideal candidate for the Herbs on Saturday club here: http://www.lavenderandlovage.com/tea-time-treats that is JUST lovely and such a great colour too! Karen

  18. This cake looks absolutely divine! Like you, I have lots of lemon thyme growing in the garden. I used some in today's roast chicken, but I must try it in a cake mix!

  19. Another gorgeous,yummy cake! Oh I can't wait til I'm off this diet and I can have cake again.Not too often though,or I'll put all the weight back on again!
    Have a lovely weekend,we've got 31f here today.

  20. Looks and sounds divine!
    Another recipe for the "gotta try" pile :)

    Enjoy this week, my friend.

    Smiles :)

  21. I would love to have a slice of that with a nice cup of tea.

  22. What a mouthwatering cake. I'm curious of how it taste. The thyme in it makes it different from the ordinary recipe.
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  23. Mmmmmmm... What a delightful combination for a pound cake!

    I was going through old Victoris magazines before I recycled them, and a similar recipe caught my eye. I have lots of fresh thyme growing in my garden so I should make this!

  24. Wow, I love lemon cake and this one looks delicious!!
    Have a nice week end

  25. Un pastel perfecto e irresistible,el limón es mi fruta preferida,abrazos hugs,hugs.

  26. I found you via the BOHO farm blog and FCCC (Farm chicks chit chat community blog) and so glad i did. what gorgeous posts and recipes. new follower! katie from www.brightonparkblog.blogspot.com and www.katieslanguagecafe.blogspot.com

  27. OMGoodness! Here I am looking for one of my faves from your blog and I see this... now what do I do? Make one this week? The other next week? Or... both now? Decisions, decisions! Your recipes are mouthwatering. -The Country Cardinal


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