Because it says yogurt and sounds healthy probably almost made you read right over this one… Well, it’s a good thing you didn’t! If you don’t know already, I LOVE lemon – (actually, I love anything citrus) and this cake is one that you will have all your friends loving too! It’s fast, easy, requires only one mixing bowl and will have them asking for a third time, “are you sure there isn’t a half-pound of butter in here?” Yogurt is one of my favorite substitutes in baking. Just about anytime a recipe calls for vegetable oil, you can cut it in half and substitute plain yogurt for less than half the fat!
Lemon-licious Yogurt Pound Cake
makes one loaf
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup plain (or vanilla) yogurt
1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
3 extra large eggs
2 tsp grated lemon zest (skin of 2 lemons)
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup icing sugar
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8.5 x 4 loaf pan and dust with flour.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest and vanilla (omit the vanilla if using vanilla yogurt). Carefully, dump the flour, baking powder and salt on top of the yogurt/egg mixture and using a whisk, first “stir” together just the dry ingredients on top, then incorporate the wet mixture (yogurt/eggs) until just combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the top comes out clean.
While the cake is baking, in a small saucepan over low hear, mix the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1/2 cup sugar until the sugar is fully dissolved.
When the cake is done, allow it to cool on the counter for about 5-10 minutes, then carefully remove it from the baking pan. While the cake is still quite warm, slowly pour the lemon-sugar mixture (the one you just made in the small saucepan) over the loaf, allowing it to soak in. Then cool the cake on the counter until room temperature.
Just before serving, combine the glaze ingredients and drizzle over the lemon-licious cake.