As is French tradition, French Yogurt Cakes use yogurt containers to measure out ingredients – this makes the French Yogurt Cake recipe not only a breeze to clean up, but also an easy-to-remember, back pocket recipe. Sarah Sanneh, owner of Pies ‘n’ Thighs in Brooklyn, NY, takes the classic recipe and adds her own touches, including adding poppyseeds, a nod to lemon poppyseed muffins.
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Whether you’re baking it for a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale, weekend brunch or dessert, this French Yogurt Cake comes together quickly. It has a tangy flavor from the yogurt, balanced out by the lemon zest grated directly into the batter.
Sarah says, “This is a cake my French nieces taught me to make, and have known by heart since they were little kids. Yogurt cups vary slightly in size, but the recipe works for any 5-6oz container. If you are using measuring cups, each yogurt cup = ¾ cup (but it’s more fun to make with the yogurt container!). As a child of the 80’s, lemon poppyseed muffins and cakes are the taste of my childhood, so I add them to boost the flavor and texture of this classic French cake.”