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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Vanilla Yogurt Cake with Orange Glaze

I'm on a mini-loaf kick these days.  I saw this on one of the food photo sites, and my mouth immediately started watering.  I love orange.  More than lemon.  I love the way the house smells when something orange is baking.  It's bright and comforting all at once.  I added the orange zest of half a tangelo to the cake batter, and the zest of the other half of the tangelo to the glaze.  As usual, I made a slight mistake when putting this together.  The recipe calls for 4 tablespoons of orange juice, divided.  Goofy me, I added all 4 tablespoons to the batter, instead of reserving 2 tablespoons for brushing over the loaves when they came out of the oven.  It didn't harm the cake at all, though it did take a few extra minutes to bake thoroughly.  And I still brushed the juice called for over the cakes while they were still hot.

Overall, I love this cake.  I love the way it looks, the way it smells, and more importantly, the way it tastes!!  It's moist and perfect with a cup of tea or, like today, with my morning coffee.  Yum!


Vanilla Yogurt Cake with Orange Glaze

1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 cup granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean, seed scraped out, pod discarded
1-1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
grated zest of half an orange (or tangelo)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1-2/3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
7 ounces Greek yogurt

4 tablespoons orange juice, divided

Spray two 6 x 3.2 x 3.4 inch loaf pans with baking spray. Or coat with butter and flour.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Using a stand mixer (or a large bowl and and electric hand mixer), beat together the egg, egg yolk, and sugar on medium-high speed, until it turns pale yellow, about 3 minutes. Add the vanilla beans, vanilla extract, oil, and zest, and beat another minute, until fully incorporated.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

With the mixer on low speed, add half the amount of dry ingredients. Then add half the amount of Greek yogurt, and 2 tablespoons of the orange juice. Add remaining dry ingredients and followed by the remaining yogurt, reserving the remaining 2 tablespoons of juice until after loaves are baked. Remove from mixer and finish mixing by hand using a spatula until all of the ingredients are fully incorporated.

Pour into prepared pans and bake for 35 - 40 minutes.

Remove from oven. Using a toothpick or large wooden skewer poke holes into the cake. Using a pastry brush, brush remaining 2 tablespoons orange juice over hot loaves.

Let cool for 10 minutes and remove from pan. Place on wire rack to finish cooling. When cool, glaze cakes.

Orange Glaze
3 cups sifted powdered sugar
6 tablespoons orange juice
zest of half an orange (or tangelo)

Combine the two ingredients together with a whisk. Pour over cakes.

Source:  http://www.culinaryconcoctionsbypeabody.com/2009/10/19/like-taffy/#comment-61940

17 comments:

Chow and Chatter said...

oh what lovely cake love citrus flavors

La Table De Nana said...

I almost want to march right up and make another cake:)! But I have a fresh one and it's my Sunday night TV time:) It looks GREAT Lori..it must be fall..I see many of us are comforting ourselves w/ cake:)

MaryBeth said...

This cake sounds like it must have incredible flavor, it looks so light and fluffy also. This looks like it would be great for an Easter brunch.

Thibeault's Table said...

Oh Lori, I love the idea of the yogurt in the cake. Must be so moist. Great photo. Love the stacked slices.

Cathy said...

This looks heavenly, Lori. Absolutely my favorite kind of sweets. Orange is such a nice change from lemon that I use so often in baking. All printed out and ready to try.

Erica said...

Great photo.........this cake looks very delicious...... thanks for sharing.

Erica

fiberdoodles said...

Oh this looks so yummie! Thank you for sharing it.

Velva said...

This cake looks just fabulous! Who will notice that the orange juice went directly into the batter? Noone! This is just so beautiful. All I need is a good cup of coffee and a slice of this cake and life would be good.

Thanks for sharing!

Donna said...

Certainly on my 'to make list'!
Looks wonderful!

zurin said...

I love yoghurt in cake. it sure to be moist and yours looks absolutely yummy! an dorange in cake is sooo good!

Fifi Flowers said...

I was just thinking I need a cup of cafè and NOW I'm wishing I had a slice of that gateau too!!!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh YUM. I swear I can smell that cake right now. Orange... oh delicious!
Cass

Cucinista said...

Love baking with yogurt -- this cake looks like a little slice of heaven :) I need a slice with my cup of tea.

Lori E said...

This looks so good. I would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

the ungourmet said...

What a terrific combination of flavors in your cake. It looks incredibly moist! Really nice!

Heather said...

This looks amazing. I have some pineapple I've been trying to use up, I wonder if I could substitute it in for the orange.

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

Heather, if you're going to put pineapple fruit in the cake, I would definitely make sure it's dried in paper towelling well before adding to the batter. If it's pineapple juice, then by all means, sub it for the o.j. I think that would be a wonderful version!!

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