Sunday, October 19, 2014

Staple Recipe: Yogurt Cake

Ingredients :
1 6oz container of plain yogurt (or 3/4 cup yogurt)
1 yogurt container of vegetable oil 
1 packet of leuvre chimique (2 tsp baking powder) (*can skip if using self-rising flour*)
2 yogurt containers of sugar
3 yogurt containers of flour
3 eggs

To Make:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C or Oven level 6)

Mix ingredients in a large bowl.  

Pour mixture into a greased cake pan or cupcake liners.
Bake at 350 for 35 minutes (less for cupcakes) or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Let cake cool partly before removing from pan, then cool entirely on a wire rack before frosting.


Spice Cake
  • sub brown sugar for white sugar
  • add 2 tsp pumpkin spice mix (1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp all spice and 1/4 tsp ground cloves)
  • top with cream cheese frosting (1 package or 3oz cream cheese softened, 1/3 cup butter softened, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 cups powdered sugar)
Pumpkin Spice Cake
  • prepare as spice cake above but add canned pumpkin puree to batter before baking
Carrot Cake
  • prepare as spice cake above but add shredded carrots, chopped walnuts, and golden raisins to batter before baking.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake
  • Prepare as spice cake above but lay rings of pineapple in pan before adding batter
  • flip cake over to cool
  • decorate with a light caramel glaze and/or maraschino cherries placed in each hole of the pineapples

Chocolate Cake
  • add cocoa powder to mix before baking
  • top with a chocolate sour cream frosting (1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, 1/4 butter, 1/2 cup sour cream, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/4 tsp salt, 2 1/2-2 3/4 cups confectioners sugar, melt butter, chocolate and sour cream together, add rest of ingredients and beat till smooth)

Chocolate Coconut Cake
  • prepare as chocolate cake above but add shredded coconut to batter before baking
  • sprinkle coconut on top of chocolate frosting for decoration

Chocolate Coffee Cake
  • prepare as chocolate cake above but add instant coffee to mix before baking
Birthday Cake
  • Add rainbow sprinkles to mix before baking
  • Top with creamy butter frosting (1/3 cup butter, 3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar, 3-4 Tbsp milk, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/4 tsp salt, cream together and beat till light and fluffy) and more rainbow sprinkles or chocolate candies
Lemon cake
  • add lemon extract to batter
  • add lemon zest if desired
  • top with a glaze (powdered sugar and milk)
Apple Rum Cake
  • add thinly sliced, diced or shredded apples to batter
  • add a Tbsp of Cognac or Rum

Other Variations:

Add Different Mix-ins: coconut, walnuts, cocoa powder, instant coffee, shredded carrot, raisins, chocolate chips, pecans, almond extract, orange extract, dried apricots (snipped into small chunks), craisens, espresso...

Vary Yogurt Flavors: cherry, banana, blueberry, strawberry, pineapple, vanilla...

Vary Frostings and Toppings: glaze (powdered sugar and milk), chocolate frosting, buttercream frosting, cream cheese frosting, caramel sauce, a sprinkling of powdered sugar, whip cream, a sprinkling of cocoa powder, Nutella...

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