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French lemon yogurt cake with slices cut in front of loaf
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4.73 from 11 votes

French lemon yogurt cake

This French lemon yogurt cake is so easy to make, and has a wonderful flavor and texture. Definitely one to add to your regular baking list!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Snack
Cuisine: French
Servings: 12 (approx - makes 1 loaf)
Calories: 233kcal
Author: Caroline's Cooking


  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour 210g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar 200g
  • 1 lemon zest (ie from 1 lemon)
  • ¾ cup plain yogurt 180ml
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil 60ml, or other plain oil eg safflower, canola
  • ¼ cup lemon olive oil 60ml, or additional veg oil


  • Preheat the oven to 350F/175C. Lightly oil and line a standard loaf pan (8 ½" x 4 ¼").
  • Combine the flour, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl and whisk together.
  • In a large bowl, rub the lemon zest in to the sugar in to help it release the oils. You should get patches that become slightly moist.
  • Add the yogurt, eggs and vanilla to the lemony sugar and whisk until blended.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture as well and mix in.
  • Pour in the oil(s) and blend until combined.
  • Pour the batter into the lined loaf pan and smooth off the top.
  • Bake for approx 50-55 minutes until the loaf is golden on top and a skewer comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool around 5 minutes before loosening from the pan and carefully taking the loaf out. Continue to cool in a cooling rack.



Watch the video to see how easily it all comes together! 
I used whole milk yogurt, but lower fat would also work. Greek-style is also fine.
The cake will keep a few days, covered at room temperature (I put in tupperware) - it will gradually dry a little so if more than around 3-4 days, you may want to toast or grill and top with berries/jam at that point but it will still be delicious.


Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 141mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1.1mg