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A simple and iconic French cake gets updated with citrus and spice
Milk Street Bowtie Yogurt Loaf Cake with Coriander and Orange

Yogurt Loaf Cake with Coriander and Orange

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1 hour 15 minutes active, plus cooling

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Yogurt Loaf Cake with Coriander and Orange

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In France, gâteau au yaourt, or “yogurt cake,” is a dead-simple anytime cake that uses an entire container of yogurt, then employs the empty container as the measuring device for the flour, sugar and oil. The crumb is fine and moist, similar to a pound cake, but not nearly as rich. Since there is no standardized sizing for yogurt in the U.S., we devised a recipe with conventional measurements, and we flavored the cake with ground coriander and grated orange zest. Toasting the coriander softens its flavor and brings out its aroma; in a small skillet over medium, toast the spice, stirring often, until fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes, then transfer to a small bowl or plate to cool. Macerated fresh berries are the perfect accompaniment to the cake. Toss sliced fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries with a little sugar and let stand until juicy. Tightly wrapped and stored at room temperature, the cake will keep for up to three days.

1

8½-inch loaf cake

Tip

Don’t forget to flour the loaf pan after misting it with cooking spray to ensure the cake doesn’t stick. Make sure to invert the baked cake out of the pan after about 10 minutes of cooling. This also will help prevent sticking as well as prevent the sides from becoming too moist. And the cake will cool faster, too.

1 hour

15 minutes active, plus cooling

228 grams (1¾ cups) all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon ground coriander, toasted (see headnote)
1/4 teaspoon table salt
3 large eggs
214 grams (1 cup) white sugar, plus 2 teaspoons for sprinkling
2 tablespoons grated orange zest
120 grams (½ cup) plain whole-milk yogurt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup grapeseed or other neutral oil
Ingredients
  • 228

    grams (1¾ cups) all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan

  • 2

    teaspoons baking powder

  • 1

    tablespoon ground coriander, toasted (see headnote)

  • ¼

    teaspoon table salt

  • 3

    large eggs

  • 214

    grams (1 cup) white sugar, plus 2 teaspoons for sprinkling

  • 2

    tablespoons grated orange zest

  • 120

    grams (½ cup) plain whole-milk yogurt

  • 2

    teaspoons vanilla extract

  • ½

    cup grapeseed or other neutral oil

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Cynthia F.
June 16, 2022
Awesome-Best ever
Not only was this quick to make but the best, moist flavorful pound cake i have ever had. This is a definite keeper recipe.
Ginny K.
June 7, 2022
Good anytime of day
This loaf cake is light and fluffy, with a mild coriander taste. The yogurt keeps it moist without becoming dense. A favorite in my kitchen!
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Yogurt Loaf Cake with Coriander and Orange

Get Ready to Cook

1

8½-inch loaf cake

1 hour

15 minutes active, plus cooling

Tip

Don’t forget to flour the loaf pan after misting it with cooking spray to ensure the cake doesn’t stick. Make sure to invert the baked cake out of the pan after about 10 minutes of cooling. This also will help prevent sticking as well as prevent the sides from becoming too moist. And the cake will cool faster, too.

Ingredients
  • 228

    grams (1¾ cups) all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan

  • 2

    teaspoons baking powder

  • 1

    tablespoon ground coriander, toasted (see headnote)

  • ¼

    teaspoon table salt

  • 3

    large eggs

  • 214

    grams (1 cup) white sugar, plus 2 teaspoons for sprinkling

  • 2

    tablespoons grated orange zest

  • 120

    grams (½ cup) plain whole-milk yogurt

  • 2

    teaspoons vanilla extract

  • ½

    cup grapeseed or other neutral oil

Step 1 of 4

Prepare Oven and Pan

All-purpose flour for the pan

Heat the oven to 350°F with a rack in the middle position. Mist a 8½-by-4½-inch loaf pan with cooking spray, dust evenly with flour, then tap out the excess.

Step 2 of 4

Combine Ingredients

228
grams (1¾ cups) all-purpose flour
2
teaspoons baking powder
1
tablespoon ground coriander, toasted
¼
teaspoon table salt
3
large eggs
214
grams (1 cup) white sugar
2
tablespoons grated orange zest
120
grams (½ cup) plain whole-milk yogurt
2
teaspoons vanilla extract
½
cup grapeseed or other neutral oil

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, coriander and salt. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar and orange zest until well combined and lightened in color, about 1 minute. Add the yogurt and vanilla, then whisk until well combined. Add the oil and whisk until homogenous. Add the flour mixture and whisk just until no streaks remain. The batter will be very fluid.

Step 3 of 4

Bake Cake

2
teaspoons white sugar for sprinkling

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle evenly with the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar. Bake until a toothpick inserted at the center of the cake comes out with few crumbs attached, 40 to 45 minutes.

Step 4 of 4

Finish and Serve

Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Invert the cake onto the rack, lift off the pan and turn the loaf upright. Cool completely, about 1½ hours, before slicing and serving.

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