Classic Yogurt Cake

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This is a very classic, reliable, yogurt cake, great for company and enjoyed by everyone who has tried it. It is very tender and moist, and has a delicate flavor enhanced with lemon zest. Great with coffee or tea! Refrigerate leftover cake.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
1 9x5-inch loaf


  • 1 teaspoon butter, or as needed

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 lemon, zested

  • 1 cup plain yogurt

  • 3 eggs

  • cup canola oil

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a metal loaf pan with butter.

  2. Whisk sugar and lemon zest together in a large bowl. Whisk in yogurt, eggs, oil, and vanilla extract until well blended.

  3. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together in a separate bowl. Whisk into the yogurt mixture until just blended. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Invert cake onto a cooling rack and cool completely.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

317 Calories
12g Fat
46g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 317
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 319mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 138mg 11%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 124mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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