Friday 2 September 2011

Lemon Yogurt Butter Cake

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Time flies when you're busy so with another weekend approaching I would like to share a quick tea-cake recipe which you can bake for your family using common ingredients like lemon and plain yogurt. It has being quite sometime since I last baked butter cake(Chocolate Pumpkin Butter Cake) for tea-snack and I sure miss that buttery taste together with a cup of English Tea.

With that in mind I baked bake a loaf of Lemon Yogurt Butter Cake as a gift of appreciation for a new friend whom I get to know while waiting for the kid outside the school gate. To me Doreen is a very cheerful and optimistic person whom share a lot of her personal experience and useful tips regarding parenting issues. Through the conversation I have learn a lot of examples and tips from her on how to handle kids and their emotion needs.

Ingredients: (makes 2 small loaf tins, 17cm x 8cm x 6cm)
175g Unsalted Butter, room temperature
200g Caster Sugar
3 Eggs, 60g each
245g Self Raising Flour
Juice of 1 Lemon
Zest of 1 or 2 Lemon
Pinch of Salt
4 Tablespoons Plain Yogurt

1. Cream butter and sugar with mixer till creamy and pale (about 3 - 4 minutes on medium speed).

2. Add in eggs, one at a time and beat well after each addition. If necessary scrap mixture off the side of the mixing bowl and make sure everything is well beaten.

3. Fold in sifted self-raising flour in 3 batches.

4. Next add in lemon zest, juice, salt, yogurt and fold thoroughly till combined.

5. Divide batter equal into 2 mini loaf tins that are lined with greaseproof paper. (You can top 1 tin with some thinly sliced lemon for decoration purpose)

6. Bake in preheat 180 degree oven for about 30 - 35 minutes or when skewer insert and come out clean.

7. When cake is done, remove it from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes.

8. Transfer cake to cooling rack and cool completely before cutting it into serving slices.

Lastly in order to make the cake presentable I decorate it with two different designs. One with extra lemon slices on it while the other is with drizzle lemon icing top with roasted pistachio nuts and lemon zest.

To make the lemon icing:- mixed 10ml fresh lemon juice with 50g of icing sugar and stir till thick and pipping consistency.You can either spread the lemon icing on top of the cake or scoop icing into piping bags and pipe either lines or design with it.


  1. Happy Home Baker2/9/11 10:40 am

    What a lovely lemon cake you have baked! I like this kind of simple cakes, no fancy frosting or loaded with cream, yet, from the look of it, I know it tastes moist and delicious!

  2. Hi HHB, thanks for dropping by and your kind comments. Yup i agreed with you sometime a simple cake taste even more delicious than those complicated one :) I guess is the thought that counts :)

  3. Lemon cake!!! My favourite!!! And yours looks beautiful and I love the lemon slices over the cake. I can smell it from here! :)

  4. Such and honest  and pretty looking cake.Cup of good cofee to match it and I will be happy:)

  5. I can almost smell from here! I also like the one with lemon icing and pistachio.

  6. These cakes look delicious.  Can tell they are very soft and fluffy from the pictures!  I'm sure your friend would be really happy about them. perfect for tea time.

  7. Thanks Fern :) Indeed lemon cake is great for a afternoon tea session with friends :)

  8. Thanks Amy, Dzoli and SSB :) this is indeed a very moist and fragrant tea cake and thank God my new friend and her family loves it :)

  9. Tina@flourtrader2/9/11 6:49 pm

    Lemon and yogurt work so well together and this cake does look perfect for tea! I simply love the texture of the cake in the picture, it tells me that this is delicious. Great post.

  10. Stephanie@Eat. Drink. Love.3/9/11 1:51 am

    This cake looks so pretty and perfectly moist and delicious!!

  11. Cannot be! The cake looks like it is baked by someone who is super skilful! :) The citrus of the cake cuts through the buttery cake so well :)

  12. That is beyond beautiful! Gorgeous presentation and it looks so delicious! Great recipe!

  13. Tresdelicious4/9/11 6:24 pm

    Fabulous! wonderful creativity. The lemmon looks majestic on top of the butter cake.

  14. Thanks Tresdeliciou, The Farmers Wife, Tigerfish, Stephanie, Tina for your kind words :)

  15. Look that that texture.  so lovely.

  16. Looks like a nice fluffy delicious lemon yogurt butter cake.  Also the pictures are beautiful :) Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  17. OMG... I love your lemon yogurt cake!!!  Looks so moist and nice buttery flavor too.  You've been baking lots of goodies!

  18. Little2mato10/9/11 3:21 pm

    I baked this today.. Something simple but delicious! Very soft and moist! I would said this is the best cake I made! Thx for sharing receipe :)

  19. mycookinghut2/10/11 9:52 pm

    Looks moist and delicious!

  20. May i bake with 8inch round baking tin? If yes how many minutes and bake for how long? tq

    1. Hi Brandon, Yup u can bake this in 8" round tin. Using the same temperature you can bake 50 to 60minutes. Check on 50mins to test whether cake are still wet or cook thru.

  21. Hi Ellena,
    I made this cake last night but mine did not raise as high as yours. It tastes good though. Could it be because I added the lemon zest + Juice+ Yogurt before the flour? I simply used mixer to mix these ingredients with the egg mixture and then folded in the flour. Could this be the reason why the cake turned out to be slightly dense? Thanks for your advice.


  22. Hi Ellena,

    Just finished baking this cake and tried it while it's hot :) it is yummy. Soft, moist and easy.
    Thank you.


  23. Hi Ellena, I have tried to make this cake.. it rised good but it falls after removing from the oven.. the skewer comes clean out. I don't know that happen.. :(

  24. Hi Ellena, thank you very much for sharing this recipe...I baked them today & it turned out beautifully!!! Thank you for sharing!!! A Singaporean living oversea :-/
    Wishing you sunshine! :-)


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