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Did you know you can make one of the best cakes ever with NO scales or measuring cups? What is this magic?! Yoghurt Pot Cake is a thing, and it’s SO easy and flipping delicious. Cake baking at its simplest, which is what we all need in our lives!

Sliced Yoghurt Cake on a table with raspberries.

So, why yoghurt as a cake ingredient? It might not be traditional but it really does work.

One little pot makes a wonderfully light sponge that is fluffy and moist (sorry I know we hate the word but it is 100% called for here). The yoghurt gives a tang and a creaminess to our cake. 

What’s more, you can then use the empty yoghurt pot to measure out the rest of your ingredients instead of all the faff that comes with scales, extra bowls etc etc. WHAAAT?! 

If you’re looking for a super easy cake to make, this Yoghurt Cake is so simple, you have to give it a go!


Why you’ll love this recipe

⭐️ Cake baking simplified!

⭐️ Only a few ingredients

⭐️ Delicious, fluffy results


Slices of yoghurt cake.

About this Yoghurt Cake

You’ll see how easy this cake is to make in my video or process images below, but if you’d rather measure everything out instead of using your yoghurt pot (if you’ve not found the right size, for example), I have detailed these amounts in the recipe below. 

If you’re feeling in the baking mood, take a look at some of my other very easy cakes, such as my Easy Apple Cake, my one-bowl Banana Cake, my Mini Pumpkin Bread Loaves and I can’t forget my trusty EASIEST EVER Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe (this one is very popular!)

What you’ll need

  • Yoghurt – One 150ml pot of natural full-fat. This will make it nice and moist.
  • Oil – Sunflower or vegetable, or anything that’s flavourless (not olive oil unless you want the distinctive taste).
  • Self-raising flour 
  • Caster sugar
  • Eggs – I use medium free-range
  • Vanilla extract – NOT essence, which is synthetic 
  • Raspberries – Or your preferred fruit

How to make it

Measuring oil into a yoghurt pot for the recipe for Yoghurt Pot Cake.

1. Add your yoghurt into a bowl, then using the same yoghurt pot, add the rest of the cake mixture ingredients as per the recipe below and stir until smooth.

Raspberries about to be stirred into the cake mixture for Yoghurt Pot Cake recipe.

2. Carefully mix in the raspberries and pour the mixture into a lined loaf tin. Bake as per the recipe below.

Hint: Cover the cake with foil if the top is browning too much before it’s cooked through.


Substitutions

  • Fruit – For this Yoghurt Cake recipe I have added fresh raspberries, but go ahead and use whatever you like to add additional flavour if you like. A blueberry yoghurt cake would go down a storm too, or perhaps blackberries. Be careful with any fruit like strawberries as they may be too wet and make the cake quite gooey.

Storing

Store this in a cake tin or sealed container. You don’t need to refrigerate it because it’s got yoghurt in. It should last up to 3 days (if it hasn’t been devoured by then!)

Top tip

If it’s cooking too quickly 

Cooking the cake low and slow means that the inside has time to cook before the outside gets too brown. If the top is browning too much when you check at 45 mins but inside isn’t cooked, cover it with tin foil and return to the oven to carry on.

FAQ

What ingredient does the yoghurt replace in this cake?

If you make a cake with yoghurt and oil, you don’t need to add any butter, so they are a substitute for that.

What kind of cake tin should I bake this in?

Ideally a loaf tin would be the right kind for the quantities in this recipe. Loaf tin sizes are very confusing, but I think a small loaf tin is better as you get a lovely dome on top of your cake which you won’t get if you use a large loaf tin. A loaf pan like this one is good.

Can I make Yoghurt Pot cake dairy free?

Yes! Use dairy free yoghurt and you are good to go.

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Yoghurt Pot Cake {No Scales Needed!}

Have you tried making a cake with yoghurt and then using the same pot to measure your ingredients?! This is a super easy way to bake, and BONUS, this Yoghurt Cake is totally delicious too.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

  • 150 g Yoghurt, x1 POT
  • 250 g Self-raising flour, x2 YOGHURT POTS-FULL
  • 175 g Caster sugar, x1 YOGHURT POT-FULL
  • 75 ml Sunflower oil, x1/2 YOGHURT POT-FULL
  • 3 Eggs, Medium
  • 125 g Fresh raspberries, x1 YOGHURT POT-FULL
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • Measure your ingredients using the yoghurt pot and add to a bowl.
  • Stir the ingredients together well until the mixture is smooth. Carefully fold in the raspberries.
  • Line a loaf tin with baking paper and pour in the cake mixture.
  • Cook at 160C for 45-60 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Notes

Timings: Cooking the cake low and slow means that the inside has time to cook before the outside gets too brown. If the top is browning too much when you check at 45 mins but inside isn’t cooked, cover with tin foil and return to the oven.
Baking paper: Make sure you’re using this or baking parchment, NOT greaseproof paper!
 

Nutrition

Calories: 319kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 7gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 33mgPotassium: 109mgFiber: 2gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 113IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Family Food
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27 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Made this cake today with my youngest as a rainy holiday activity and it is great! I used frozen raspberries as that’s all I had and still turned out well. A lovely, light cake that I will definitely make again. Thanks for another fab recipe!

  2. My daughter told me about your recipes and today I made the Yoghurt cake. So simple and really easy no weighing. It’s really delicious. As I live alone looking for recipes for one is not easy but you see to cover that. Looking forward to trying more recipes in the future.

  3. 5 stars
    I used blueberries instead of raspberries (and doubled the amount) – absolutely fab recipe, super easy and really great results – albeit, I folded my flour into the other whisked ingredients!

  4. 5 stars
    Looks fab 👏👏👏 I have some blueberries to use up…. Is it best to make in a 1lb or 2lb cake tin? Reading your comments about a smaller tin does this mean a 1lb tin… thanks

  5. 5 stars
    Tried out this recipe over the weekend, and the cake came out absolutely delicious – moist and soft! We loved it and will definitely be giving it another go 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Just made this for the first time and it’s absolutely lovely. Really light and fluffy. I substituted the natural yogurt and vanilla extract for a M&S Madagascan vanilla yogurt as that is all they had in that size and it worked really well. Will definitely make again ❤️