Barefoot Contessa's Lemon Yogurt Cake

READY IN: 1hr 10mins
Recipe by Raquel Grinnell

Another wonderful recipe from Ina Garten. On her show she also made Barefoot Contessa's Blueberry Sauce. This cake is similar to a pound cake in texture, but it's also very moist, lemony and wonderful!

Top Review by Citruholic

This came out beautifully for me. I doubled the recipe because I had a large container of Greek style yogurt that I just got on sale. I also added more lemon zest, because I like it very lemony. My loaf pans were the correct size, but Pryex, so I reduced the temp by 25 degrees and baked them 5 minutes longer. They came out perfect. I also used Wilton's insulating baking strips around the loaf pans. And they stayed flat on top! Love that! There are two people on TFN that when I do their recipes, I know they will come out right. One is Ina. She's a gem. The other....Giada! Thanks for posting this here. ADDED NOTE: When it was time to soak the cakes with the lemon sugar syrup, I left the cakes in the pan. I poked holes in the cake and poured equal amounts over each of them. They came out of the pan just fine. This way there's no mess, and the cake absorbs every bit of the syrup and it doesn't run down the sides and under the rack.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease and flour the pan.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla.
  5. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it's all incorporated.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  7. Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set the lemon syrup aside.
  8. When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar syrup over the cake and allow it to soak inches Cool.
  9. For the glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice and pour over the cake.

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