September 20, 2010

Luscious Lemon Loaf

Yesterday I made this yummy lemon yogurt sweet bread...I was inspired when I saw Starbuck's Lemon Loaf looking so delicious in their display.  The recipe I chose to use was actually the Barefoot Contessa's Lemon Yogurt Cake. It is so easy to make, you don't even need to get your mixer out! It is light and fluffy and has a vivid lemon flavor. You can make it without the extra glaze if you like; that's what I decided to do, as my husband doesn't have a mouth full of sweet teeth like I do.  :-)

Here's the recipe:


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 extra-large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 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.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. 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. 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.

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 aside.

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 mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Cool.

For the glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice and pour over the cake.

Recipe Link: Barefoot Contessa's Lemon Yogurt Cake
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Jenilee said...

yum! that sounds really good. add some coffee and it is perfect! :) visiting from mingle monday

Tracey said...

This sounds delicious!! I'm another one with a mouthful of sweet teeth! :)

Pioneer Beauty said...

That looks delicious...I am going to have to come back and copy the recipe down..Thank you for sharing it...

Flos caeli said...

It looks delicious and the recipe isn't complicated, great! :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this. I love the lemon cake from Starbucks, but making it my self would be sooooo much better. Besides you can probably make it for what one slice costs at Starbucks.

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