Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A French-Croatian Lemon Cake

This past Saturday we had lunch at my husband's parents home and I wanted to prepare a dessert for them and I remembered I had a recipe from my friend Nelly. She prepared it for our class a few weeks ago and was kind enough to share her French yogurt cake recipe.

After I took it out of the oven I sprinkled some vanilla sugar for decor.
I call this my first French-Croatian home-made lemon yogurt cake (what a mouthful of a name right?)
It turned out fantastic: moist and not too sweet (I was worried with 3 cups of sugar!) plus I was able to use my hand-picked lemons! The lemon zest gave it a kick. My family enjoyed it with a cup of coffee but you can also enjoy it with a warm cup of tea, or a glass of milk.

And just like my friend, I too will share the recipe with you.

1 cup yogurt (plain or vanilla flavored)
3 eggs
1 cup oil (I used sunflower oil because corn oil is not available here, although I could have used olive oil but that would not have gone well with this cake)
3 cups sugar
1 teaspoonful vanilla extract
4 cups flour
1& 1/2 teaspoonful of baking powder
1 teaspoonful of rum-aroma
grated lemon zest (1 large lemon)
1 packet of vanilla sugar (A Croatian product, but you can easily substitute and mix your own) or you can omit it from the recipe.

Sift the flour and baking powder(to make the mix more fluffy) into one bowl. In another bowl, whisk all the other ingredients then combine the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and slowly mix, then pour into a greased loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes at 350 Degrees. Time of baking may vary depending the type of oven you have. I'll advice that you set a timer at 40 minutes and then check to see if it's done (insert a toothpick in the center, if it's clear then it's done otherwise you need to bake it a bit longer).

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.


  1. Me encanta limón y yogurt; entonces, a mí, la receta me suena increíble! ¿Y Beli te ayuda con las tortas?

    ¿Leiste mi receta para budín de chocolate y bananas? ¡Probala!


  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Croatia, eh? I lived in Slovakia for 7 years. The Slovaks always went to Croatia for beach holidays, but I never made it. The photos looked incredible, however.


  3. Looks delicious! I want to try...
    Thanks for stopping by. =)

  4. That looks really good! Might give it a go some time!

  5. @Still life in Southeast Asia,

    Si Beli me ayuda pero solo en comer! Mire tu receta y esta super facil. Nunca eh probado con el chocolate pero que buena idea. Siempre tengo platanos que se maduran de mas.


  6. @Expatresse Here is my secret we have been here almost a year and haven't made it to any of the nearby countries! LOL

  7. thanks Ankita, and I agree with the concept of sloooow food!

  8. Silly me! I didn't think to include the size of the 1 packet of vanilla sugar. It's 12gm (I had to look up the conversion to teaspoonful) so it's about 3 teaspoonsful. (4.2gm=1 teaspoon) and someone told me "You just put a vanilla bean in with some sugar and let it soak up all the flavors for a few days". If you think 3 teaspoonful is too much you can always use less

  9. It is a mouthful of a recipe indeed, but that won't deter me from trying this at home. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

  10. My kids made this when we lived in France!! Only, we could not go pick the lemons in our garden ....

  11. Thanks Cuban, I'm very interested to know what you think of it!

  12. Alexandra, yes we are quite lucky my husband's aunt allowed us to pick the lemons from her backyard. That was a treat. And I will have to tell my friend from Marseilles that the recipe is popular. Thanks!

  13. oh YUM. This looks delicious!

    Thanks for checking out my blog! I'll hope you'll visit again soon. I have a lot of travels coming up that I hope to share with everyone.

    Your blog is beautiful... going to look around a bit more now... :)

  14. You're quite welcome! Keep warm under all that snow! maybe you can bake this cake? hint,hint.LOL

  15. Vanilla sugar? That sounds amazing! Combines two of my favorite flavors (yes, I consider sugar to be a flavor!!!).

    Thanks for stopping by today... I was with you on the no TV rule... until I tried it!!!

    Confessions From A Working Mom

  16. Hi Elizabeth! Yes I can't get enough of this product..vanilla sugar..Maybe I should import some to the States? =)

  17. your daughter is so adorable! :)

  18. Your cake looks amazing! I will definitely have to give this French-Croatian homemade lemon yogurt cake a try! (that is a mouthful! :)

  19. Yum! Now I want a midnight snack:)

    It sounds like our daughter's are the same age.

    My daughter will be 2 in April. You should visit my blog again on Friday when many moms link up their favorite books to read to their children. It's a lot of fun! It's called Feed Me Books Friday.

  20. This looks wonderful. I found your blog through One Perfect Bite.

    What an amazing adventure you are undertaking, living in Croatia. We have friends here in LA who are Croatian, and I wish we could find the time and budget to visit them when they are there - your photo of the city and the sea is so beautiful it makes me want to visit even more!

  21. Hi tinypaperheart, wonderful pictures of your home! Made me smile.

  22. Hey Jen, maybe they can include some lemons in your produce box?

  23. Janna, I'm interested in the friday book idea. Yes Beli will be 2 on April 16!

  24. Hi G! glad you stopped by. Croatia is somewhat an expensive country to visit unless you come in May or September the off-season months. But I agree with you its a beautiful country. You should try and visit someday.

  25. Thank you for visiting my blog!
    Comparing to the view of my town due to the weather (we are climbing mountains of snow soaked now in a cold-pouring-rain)you live in Paradise!!!(I visited also Twenty-Ten Fotos)
    Thank you for the recipe. I will try it!
    Have a beautiful day!

  26. The cake looks amazing! I would love to try it out for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations!

  27. Oh ,what a great idea. Please let me know how it turns out.

  28. Awesome lemon cake. It is very easy to bake and all the ingredients are readily available in the market. Thanks for sharing this recipe to us. It would definitely go well with a cup of hot coffee, beans freshly ground on my antique coffee grinder Great post! Kudos!

  29. How would you like to try a Mexican Choco-Flan cake?
    "A Little Cup of Mexican Hot Chocolate"

  30. Thanks Mike for trying the recipe. I agree, goes well with a cup of coffee!

  31. I Love the recipe that contain lemon juice, the taste is really wonderful and delicious. this is my favorite fruit and i enjoy preparing recipes. My boyfriend always enjoy all my recipe. He is really happy.
    Actually I was looking for information how to buy viagra by internet and I saw this blog, so I prefered to read about it.

  32. Mmmm. Sounds good!! Can't wait to try it! Kaho

  33. Elisa, I wanted to tell you that I made this cake and I absolutely LOVED it!! It was easy and delicious. So, so good!! I recommend this recipe to anyone. I would love for you to add a category or tag cloud with categories or even a search box on your side bar for people to be able to find your recipes more easily. You have so many recipes that I would love to try and I believe it'll help other readers to find your previous recipes with one of those functions which allows people to get to your recipes. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!


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