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Yogurt Cake with Citrus and Spice

Makes one 8½-inch loaf cake

1 hour 15 minutes active, plus cooling

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In France, gâteau au yaourt is a cake that comes together so easily it’s often the first recipe children are taught. It has a fine, moist crumb similar to a pound cake, but isn’t nearly as rich. We boost the flavor by adding grated citrus zest and fragrant spice to the batter. Citrus juice whisked with powdered sugar makes a quick finishing glaze, though the cake is equally good unadorned. Feel free to use whatever kind of citrus you have on hand—lemon, lime, orange or even grapefruit. The cake will keep for up to three days, tightly wrapped and stored at room temperature.

Makes one

8½-inch loaf cake

1 hour

15 minutes active, plus cooling


  • cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan

  • 2

    teaspoons baking powder


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Robert C.
December 20, 2022
Easy and Versatile
The recipe is straightforward and easy to make. I used orange and coriander for the citrus and spice. It always gets high praise from people.