Greek Lemon Cake


This cake recipe features lemon zest, lemon juice, and yogurt to achieve a very lovely and light Greek-style cake.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
1 10-inch tube pan


  • 3 cups cake flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 6 eggs, separated

  • 2 cups white sugar, divided

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 10-inch tube pan.

  2. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together. Set mixture aside.

  3. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add 1/2 cup of the sugar, beating until stiff glossy peaks form. Set aside.

  4. Beat butter and remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color.

  5. Blend in egg yolks, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Add flour mixture alternately with the yogurt, mixing until combined. Gently fold in the egg whites and pour the batter into the prepared pan.

  6. Bake in preheated oven until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to finish cooling. Serves 12.

Editor's Note:

If you use Greek-style yogurt, you may thin it with a little milk to make it easier to incorporate into the batter.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

443 Calories
19g Fat
63g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 443
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 136mg 45%
Sodium 307mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 35g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 112mg 2%

* 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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