November 12, 2009

Vanilla Yogurt Cake with Orange Glaze


About two years ago, we moved to the house we are living now. A rural area a bit far from grocery stores, shopping malls, restaurants, everywhere! Not to mention other family members who are still complaining about our being too distant. Of course, these complains would never appear if we did not have Ethan. Remember, they don't care about their own son and their son's wife anymore. All their focuses go to their son's son!

High property price in the city was one of the reason. But we completely fell in love with the forest surrounding our house. How cool is that we tell city people we live in a forest! And the bonus of the bonus is that Ethan have a couple of same age buddies to grow up with. It was such a pleasant surprise when we learned that a couple of our neighbors were expecting their child at the same time as ours.

One of them is Tracy whose beautiful girl is just 2 weeks older than Ethan. This cake was a thankyou gift to her birthday gift to Ethan's first birthday.

Thank you, Tracy!

(makes 1 loaf)
Ingredients:
1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 tbsp + 6 tbsp orange juice
2 cups sifted powdered sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease one 9x5x3 inch loaf pan with baking spray.

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

Using a stand mixer, beat together the eggs and sugar on medium-high speed, until it turns pale yellow, about 3 mins. Add the vanilla extract and oil, beat 1 more min, until fully incorporated.

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

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 55-60 mins.

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

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

Combine the 6 tbsp orange juice with powder sugar together with a whisk. Pour over cakes.

38 comments:

Jhonny walker said...

Hey...yogurt cake is my fave. I was saying this to another blogger who posted a great looking yoghurt cake a couple of days back.

This one however has lovely twist to it. That way I don;t have to stick to one way of doing it. NOw I can add variety.

Lovely. Thanks a zillion!!!

EcoMeg said...

That looks delicious - I will have to make it sometime!

Thanks!

http://www.ecomeg.com

MaryMoh said...

It's lovely to stay away from the city. I love country life and hope to move back to the country side again. That's a very lovely cake. I love orange cake. I'm sure Tracy would be delighted to have it.

KennyT said...

I cannot imagine myself living in a forest......... you're an extraordinary & brave HK woman!

Angie's Recipes said...

This yogurt cake looks really tempting with that free flowing orange glaze...beautiful!

Jenn said...

that's so sweet. its so nice to have childhood friends ... i still keep in touch with mine across the street neighbor, i met her when i was 6 monthes old and she was just born! :)

Jessie said...

I love your story! I have known my best friend since we were at least 12-13 years old!

I just adore that yummy yogurt cake, I love the flavor of vanilla too

Sheila Rae said...

Wow...never heard of yogurt cake, but now just have to try it.

Thanks for the recipe.

I hope you don't mind I am posting it on my blog, linked back to you.

Sheila

Tasty Trix said...

This looks a million times better than the yogurt cake I recently made! Love the glaze.

experimental culinary pursuits said...

I want to take a bite out of this right now! And speaking as a city-folk, I think it's supercool you live in a forest!

Fresh Local and Best said...

How sweet! It's true all that anyone should care about is that Ethan is growing up in a safe and healthy environment! This cake cooks fab!

wasabi prime said...

oh man this looks sooo delicious!

Souffle Bombay said...

Never had a yogurt cake before, looks great! I wish I lived in a forest (one without spiders that is). and a creek, I dream of a creek on my property. Your son will have many wonderful adventures :)

penny aka jeroxie said...

So much yummy cake! I love it.

Danielle said...

The sound of living in a forest sounds so absolutely cool! What a wonderful place to raise a child. The cake is beautiful and so is that baby! I could eat them both up!

Cookin' Canuck said...

What a lovely cake! I would love to get this as a thank you gift. I'm guessing that the yogurt makes it very moist.

TasteHongKong said...

Enjoying a yummy slice of cake amid the forest with our family and loving friends? I can imagine how beautiful this picture is.

Anncoo said...

Looks so perfect for coming Christmas :D

Josephine said...

Looks attractive!!! I'll definitely give a try to make it soon.

My Little Space said...

I can imagine what it was like! I grew up in the rural area where my dad worked at. It's a tin mining company and my dad works as a tin chemist long long time ago. We stayed at those company housing lot which surrounded by rubber plantations. Every morning me & my little brothers have to travel at least 5km to school by bus. And now, I'm staying at a small town where it's located at our legendary mountain called 'Gunung ledang'.

Divina Pe said...

Your cakes are always enticing and irresistible. This one hits the spot again. You know, I would to move out of this city. But I can't yet. I love the countryside, being with nature and be able to breathe same fresh air. Speaking of that, I really miss Vancouver.

pigpigscorner said...

Looks gorgeous with the glaze! Love yougurt in cakes, makes it so moist and tender.

Dhanggit said...

I never had yogurt cake but this looks absolutely delicious!! your neighbor is lucky to have a sweet neighbor like you :-)

ps, must be wonderful to live in a forest i imagine:-)

tracieMoo said...

Wow, it looks amazing. Must taste good. Thanks for the recipe!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

What a beautiful and delicious cake! And what a nice thank you gift!

I love that you live in a forest. It's so nice when kids get to grow up in nature...

Chris Stewart said...

That is some drippy good times.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Love vanilla and orange together! Yum!

5 Star Foodie said...

Wow, this yogurt cake looks amazing!

Christine aka Mistress of Cakes said...

Yeah I'll take a slice of that right now!

Angie said...

How wonderful that you live in a rural area, I would love to live in a more private setting, that's how I grew up, and we live now in a very urban area. Maybe soon we can relocate, and love the recipe, its so pretty!

Liz Marr, MS, RD said...

Very nice. I love orange glaze on cake.

Donna-FFW said...

This looks like a fabulous cake. Mist, and delicious. Id love a slice with my morning coffee as we speak. The glaze must be the perfect touch.

AppleC said...

Too much "good" for one post. That looks and sounds irresistable.

Kitchen Butterfly said...

This is my favourite cake recipe in the world...yoghurt cake. Lately, I've halved the recipe and spread it in a butter and almond mealed tart tin, and then placed thinnly sliced apples on top, some chopped pecans and a sprinkling of large sugar crystals...amazing!

Joy said...

holy moly that is one delicious looking cake. I love the glaze- it made me drool MMmmm this would go great with my morning coffee!!

nicole (Making Good Choices) said...

this cake looks amazing - what a talent you have! :)

Heavenly Housewife said...

This looks absolutely wonderful. I love it. Great flavours.

Hungry Jenny said...

Ooh, I've never tried a yoghurt cake before but this looks yummy and has convinced me to try it out! Thanks for sharing.

Cheers

Hungry Jenny x