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Lemon & Thyme Yogurt Cake

Saturday, 1 August 2009

I was going through my picture archive and figured I forgot to post this delicious lemon cake recipe! This lemon cake was actually the result of having too many lemons lying around the kitchen after July's daring cooks challenge. Why? Because I didn't know 300g lemon is the weight of only 3 lemons! The label didn't state the weight and there wasn't a weighing machine. So I bought a bag (I think there were about 8 or 10 lemons).


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Oh well, lemons are pretty versatile - love lemon & honey drink, hot or cold..yum yum. Foodgawker/ tastespotting searched for 'lemon cake' and came across this wonderful yogurt recipe. It uses Greek yogurt, olive oil and NO butter. Sounds relatively healthy and looks incredibly moist...and yes, the cake was indeed very light and moist. I added some thyme just to make it more interesting. I like my chicken with lemon and thyme. Cake? Why not? The thyme added a wonderful aroma to the cake and it was delicious.



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Ingredients: 9-inch cake
Adapted from The Waitakere Redneck's Kitchen's recipe

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 lemon - grated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 280g plain flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbs (more for decoration) thyme leaves only

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 180°C.
  • Whisk together eggs and sugar until pale and creamy.
  • Beat in lemon's juice, zest and vanilla extract.
  • Sift together flour and baking powder in another mixing bowl.
  • Fold sifted powder into egg mixture.
  • Mix in Greek yogurt then olive oil.
  • Stir in thyme leaves.
  • Pour batter into lightly greased baking pan.
  • Sprinkle some more thyme leaves for decorative purpose.
  • Bake at 180°C for about 45 mins or until done. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the middle, should come out clean if done.
  • Leave to cool.
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42 oink oinks...:

lisaiscooking said...

Your cake look perfect! It's so tall and the crumb is so tender-looking. The thyme sounds delicious in this too.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Beautiful! This cake must have a fantastic flavor!

Cheers,

Rosa

Jackie at PhamFatale.com said...

This cake looks so elegant, perfect for pairing with a light summer dinner. Also, I love the idea of using lemon and thyme together!

Christina Kim said...

this sounds so good!! i love how it's sweet&savory at the same time.

The Little Teochew said...

Rustic looking, pretty cake!

Hummingbird Appetite said...

The cake looks lovely! It must be delicious!

The Duo Dishes said...

Lemon and thyme...always a favorite.

♥peachkins♥ said...

Beautiful cake! happy Weekends!

Selba said...

No butter? Wonderful... :)

Jenn said...

Looks delicious!! Rosemary and lemon go great together.

Sonia said...

Never know cake also can add in thyme, can't imagine how it will taste like..very creative idea..

5 Star Foodie said...

I love the addition of thyme in this delicious looking cake! Lovely!

katie said...

lemon, olive oil, yogurt, sounds so savory and sweet. nice balance.

Sinner said...

Bet the cake smells divine with the thyme.

Margaret said...

This is a very unusual cake recipe. Visually it looks wonderful.

Donna-FFW said...

Lemon and thyme is a favorite combo of mine and to have it in a baked good, delicious, and with greek yogurt over the top yummy! Looks fantastic!

ICook4Fun said...

This is such an interesting way of using thyme in cake. I am sure it smells great. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea.

Robin Sue said...

This cake looks so moist and light. Love the flavor combination as well!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

What a fasncinating sounding cake! I made a Rosemary Loaf cake once nad it was delicious so I can really imagine how lovely and aromatic this would be :)

girlichef said...

This is gorgeous!! I made some cupcakes with lemon & thyme a little while ago and it was such a great combo. I love the simplicity of this. :)

Elra said...

Sounds like delicious combo. Though I never put the two for my sweet dessert, it does sound very tempting.

the ungourmet said...

This is my kind of cake! Not too sweet and lots of lemony goodness! Mmm! I could eat the for breakfast right now!

veron said...

I love love the crumb on your cake! Beautiful photo too!

noble pig said...

It looks so light and beautiful.

Bunny said...

It looks so good!! I love lemon, I've got to bookmark to make!

Sophie said...

Your cake is really aprt in the lovely combined flavours!!

I bet it is so refreshing a apart!

Pam said...

I love lemon and thyme so I know I would really enjoy this cake. Great photos!

The Caked Crusader said...

I love cakes made with yoghurt - they're so light and fluffy. NEver had thyme in a cake before and can't imagine what it would taste like.

Grace said...

lovely! i'm all for using greek yogurt in cakes, and the thyme makes it so unique and decorative! i want to make it immediately, but with lime, if only so i can call it a rhyme time lime-thyme cake. :)

Natashya said...

Beautiful! I love lemons.
I'm just watching them make an olive oil cake on Iron Chef right now.

Kerstin said...

What a lovely lemon cake! I really like your addition of thyme!

Sam said...

Interesting idea, I can see the thyme working really well in this recipe and I'm sure it added a lot of flavour. It certainly looks good!

La Table De Nana said...

I love the idea of adding thyme~ Especially since I have some in the garden~ Thanks!

Sara said...

Lovely! I love lemon and thyme together and they sounds truly delicious in a cake! Yum. :)

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

That looks phenomenal. I've had a few failed baking experiments as of late, so it's nice to see how cakes are supposed to look:-) I love the thyme/lemon combo with chicken too.

noobcook said...

oh my this is SO beautiful! I love the addition of savoury herbs in baking :)

Leslie said...

How could you have forgotten this beautiful cake??? Looks amazing!

Soma said...

Olive oil, lemon & thyme beatifully & delicately used.. I am book marking this.

nyonya pendek melaka said...

Love this cake! Must be so aromatic and nice to the bite! Hope to try it someday.

Angie's Recipes said...

Herbal yogurt cake looks scrumptious!

Angie's Recipes

Janet @Gourmet Traveller88 said...

Lemon cake infused with thyme, nice combo. I would like to make this :) nice pic!

Rabbittrick said...

The thyme is a great addition! well done!
It's amazing, and all I wanna do is try it out now

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