A Traditional French Yogurt Cake Kids Can Make, this simple yogurt cake recipe is one that French grandmothers have taught to their grandchildren for generations – and now you can share it with your littles, too!
Yogurt Cake Recipe
I always love baking with my daycare kids. They get all line up to wash their hands and then help each other put on their personalized aprons before gathering around the table to take turns pouring, mixing and tasting.
It’s messy, fun and the kids are always so proud of their creations.
One of the first recipes I always make with my newest group of three year olds is this French yogurt cake recipe. It’s a simple, traditional recipe that French grandmothers teach their grandchildren to make using just a yogurt pot for measuring.
The yogurt pot is such a brilliant “hack” – it reduces the likelihood that an ingredient will be measured wrong, and it also introduces the concept of measuring (and non-standard units of measure) to kids. Young kids have a harder time understanding the difference between “half a cup” or a “quarter cup” but they understand “1 cup” and “2 cups” perfectly well!
(Plus it cuts down on dishes to wash!)
We’ve now made several different variations of this Traditional French Yogurt Cake recipe – including a Triple Berry Yogurt Cake that my daughter proudly served to out of town guests recently.
You can mix in chocolate chips, a bit of cocoa, cinnamon, different flavor extracts, seasonal spices, etc. You can also top the cake a variety of different ways, or just leave it plain. We’ve dusted it with powdered sugar, frosted it with a light whipped cream frosting, drizzled with chocolate, and for this version – we topped it with a light lemon glaze for a fresh summer twist.
(But most of the time we leave it plain… or I drizzle my slice with a bit of maple syrup because I’m a true Canadian!)
This yogurt cake is really the perfect tea cake to serve in the afternoon – the kids love it after naptime, while I love it with a cup of coffee. It also makes a great homemade gift. We often make it as a mother’s day gift for the kids to bring home for an easy Mother’s Day brunch recipe (and then dad doesn’t have to feel as bad if he’s a bit unprepared!)
Ingredients for Yogurt Cake
- 1 container yogurt
- 2 containers self-raising flour
- 1 container sugar
- 1/2 container olive oil or vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla, optional
- 1 teaspoon salt, optional
Tip: the yogurt container used should be 125ml, or 1/2 cup. If your container is slightly smaller, just ensure that you add a spoonful extra of each ingredient.
Tip #2: we usually use a loaf pan – it’s the perfect size and ensures the cake isn’t too thin. The cake shown in these pictures is small, about 6″ wide.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Large bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Loaf pan or small cake pan
How to Make a Traditional Yogurt Cake
Preheat oven to 350F
Grease and line your loaf pan or small cake pan.
Combine all ingredients except the fruit in a large bowl, and stir well with a spoon until all ingredients are well mixed together and no dry patches of flour remain.
Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-35 minutes, until lightly browned on top and an inserted toothpick or cake tester comes out clean.
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This traditional French Yogurt Cake Recipe is a fun, stress-free recipe to make with kids and a delicious tea cake recipe to serve to guests.