Gâteau au Yaourt


The easiest (and most beautiful) cake you can make



Gâteau au Yaourt is a versatile treat, known as yogurt cake in English. Made with basic pantry ingredients and measured using a yogurt container (yes, the container!), Gâteau au Yaourt is a dessert enjoyed at birthday parties and family gatherings alike. Hailing from the beautiful land of baguettes and berets, this humble treat is super simple and requires no special ingredients or utensils.

Violette, currently studying in Paris, shares this French classic. Gâteau au Yaourt is known for its simplicity and versatility, often made with leftover yogurt found in the fridge. Universally recognized and enjoyed, this cake is a fixture at birthday parties and end of year school celebrations. For Violette, baking this cake reminds her childhood and brings her comfort even now.

To craft Gâteau au Yaourt, begin by preheating your oven to 350°F and greasing a cake pan with butter. In a mixing bowl, blend yogurt, eggs, baking powder, lemon zest, melted butter, sugar and flour until the batter is smooth. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan and bake for approximately 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Once baked, allow the cake to cool before slicing. Top with powdered sugar, yogurt and fresh fruit like strawberries and blueberries. It’s as easy as pie, or shall I say cake?

As Violette puts it, “There’s literally no good reason not to try it.” And trust me, once you take that first bite, you’ll be addicted. It’s light, lemony and oh-so-moist, with a crispy edge that’s to die for. Channel your inner French baker and whip up a batch of this yummy cake. This delightful treat is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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Gâteau au Yaourt


  • 1 pot plain yogurt it can be any kind as long as it’s a plain yogurt in an individual pot
  • 2 pots sugar
  • 3 pots flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ pot neutral oil or melted butter
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  • 2 eggs


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Mix the yogurt, the melted butter (or oil), the sugar, the flour and the baking powder, the eggs and, finally the zest (or the vanilla extract or even nothing at all)
  • Put the preparation into a buttered and floured baking pan (preferably a metal one so the edge of the cake will be kinda crispy)
  • Put in the oven for 30-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove the cake from the pan once it has cooled down, you can either eat it like that or dust the cake with icing sugar.
Course: Dessert
Region: Europe
Keyword: Party Food


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