Lemon Yogurt Cake

Moist, decadent lemon cake made with Greek yogurt and soaked with a lemon-sugar mixture to make it extra moist and extra lemony! Moist, decadent lemon cake made with Greek yogurt and soaked with a lemon-sugar mixture to make it extra moist and extra lemony!

Today is a big day. Today, I’m celebrating (a very pregnant) friend who blogs about amazing recipes. Today is Cathy from Lemon Tree Dwelling’s SURPRISE baby shower!!

Surprise, Cathy!! We super big fluffy heart you with whipped cream and a cherry!! :)

Cathy of Lemon Tree Dwelling's Virtual Baby Shower!

I have been blog buds with Cathy for awhile. I was first introduced to her in a Facebook group we both belonged to. When I became short a host in my weekly link party, I knew Cathy would be the perfect person to fill the spot.

I’m always so amazed by the recipes she makes and her gorgeous food photography. She does it all while maintaining a family at home with three little girls – soon to be FOUR little girls!!!

Her world is the complete opposite of my four boys but we share so many similarities that I feel a kindred friend in her.

Moist, decadent lemon cake made with Greek yogurt and soaked with a lemon-sugar mixture to make it extra moist and extra lemony!

It’s pretty obvious when you hear the title of Cathy’s blog, that she loves lemons. Lemon treats, mostly. I’m  not going to lie, up until recently, I never liked lemon desserts!

About 3 months ago, I was in Arizona visiting my family. My sister took me to get lunch at a sandwich shop and insisted I try a lemon bar. I was totally against it. I’ve always hated lemon stuff. Lemon meringue, lemon bars, lemon pie – you name it – hated it. But she said I HAD to try it because it was the BEST.

Guys. It was amazing. The heavens opened and angels rejoiced. I’m converted!!!

I just knew a lemon dessert would be the perfect treat to share for Cathy’s shower! This lemon cake is absolutely wonderful. It’s soft, decadent and moist. It’s made using Greek yogurt but is also soaked with a lemon-sugar mixture so it’s extra moist and extra lemony. Add a little glaze on the top and you are in lemon heaven.

I hope you enjoy this cake, Cathy!! I’m super excited for you and your soon-to-be new daughter! Congratulations!

Moist, decadent lemon cake made with Greek yogurt and soaked with a lemon-sugar mixture to make it extra moist and extra lemony!

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Lemon Yogurt Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup Truvia (or 1 cup granulated sugar)
  • 3 large eggs
  • zest from 2 lemons
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted (or canola oil)
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. Truvia (or1/3 cup granulated sugar)
  • powdered sugar
  • water
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. In another bowl, combine yogurt, Truvia, eggs, lemon zest and vanilla extract. Stir to combine. Slowly whisk in the flour mixture. Fold in coconut oil. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. While that's cooking, heat lemon juice and Truvia in a small saucepan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture turns clear. Set aside to cool.
  5. When cake is finished, let cool for 5 minutes. Poke the top of cake with toothpick several times and then pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the top of the cake. Set aside and let cool.
  6. When cake is cool and lemon-sugar mixture is all soaked in, lightly turn pan and gently remove cake onto a plate.
  7. Mix some powdered sugar in with a little bit of water and stir. Lightly drizzle over cake. Tastes great without the glaze! Cut into slices and serve. Enjoy!
(recipe adapted from Ina Garten)

Cathy of Lemon Tree Dwelling's Virtual Baby Shower!

Check out what the other baby shower guests made:

Lemon Raspberry Cookie Sandwiches by Life Love and Sugar Blueberry Buttermilk Coffee Cake by Your Homebased Mom Lemon Yogurt Cake by Yummy Healthy Easy Orange-Raspberry Mini Toaster Strudels by Chelsea’s Messy Apron Orange Dream Monkey Bread by Wine and Glue Strawberry Shortcake Kebabs by Or So She Says Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake by Beyond Frosting Strawberries and Cream Cheese Ball Bites by Five Heart Home Pig Pickin’ Cake by Sugar Dish Me Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Skillet Cookie by Lemons for Lulu Creamy Shrimp Dip by Mostly Homemade Mom Salted Butterscotch Coffee Cake by Julie’s Eats and Treats Strawberry Cake by The NY Melrose Family Frozen Chocolate S’mores Ice Cream Pie by Pink When Carrot Cream Cheese Swirl Loaf by Spoonful of Flavor Fiesta Rice Skillet by The Grant Life Raspberry Ripple Lemon Bundt Cake by Love Bakes Good Cakes Ooey Gooey Orange Creamsicle Bars by The Gunny Sack Mixed Berries with Honey Maple Mascarpone by Joyful Healthy Eats Rosewater Almond Macaroons by Little Miss Celebration Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes by Crazy for Crust Momosas Mocktail Recipe by The Weary Chef

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    Hi Jen! This cake looks beautiful and sounds so delicious! Thank you for putting this lovely shower together for Cathy and it will be fun to visit all of the amazing recipes! Pinning and hope you have a happy Friday!

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      Happy Friday to YOU Cindy! I can’t wait to make your macaroons! Thanks for doing this with me. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    Jen!!! I am completely overwhelmed and honored that you put this together for me….seriously the BEST way to wake up this morning!! I have always felt the same way about our lives – opposite but so similar :) And you’re right….I absolutely adore this bread! Not only is it lemon, but it is glazed lemon (even better) and it looks amazing. Thank you, my friend!!

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      You DESERVE it Cathy!!!!! I am super happy to do this for you! Congrats on your soon-to-be little one! Also, just want to say every single last person I asked to do this shower for you said yes. That’s how much you’re loved in the blog world! :) xo!

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      This is my very first lemon recipe, Mary Frances!! Are you proud of me?! If you search lemon on my blog you’ll find a lemonade jello and that’s IT! Super excited to be on the lemon bandwagon now! Thanks so much for the pin! xo!

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    Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    This sounds perfect, Jen! I would love a piece with my morning coffee! Thanks so much for putting this surprise together for Cathy! :)

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    Jen, this recipe looks so delicious…it looks so moist, I want to bite into it right now! I’m glad you decided to give this a try because it looks like you are awesome at it. Thanks for sharing!

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    Yup… basically I need to go and make this now! Love the moistness of the cake with the greek yogurt and I am totally craving any and everything lemon right now. Pinned this Jen, gorgeous pics and thank you so much for being the awesome person you are and organizing this par-tay! :)

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    Aww Jen! I am totally loving this virtual baby shower idea! So fantastic!

    This lemon cake looks divine!! I can’t believe you didn’t like lemons! They are so bright and sunny and tart and just plain delicious!! Well, I’m glad you converted! The heavens certainly did open up for you! :)

    The Greek yogurt in this cake must make it incredibly moist! I must make this soon! I’ve got lemons on my counter just waiting to made into this cake! :)

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    This looks tasty. I love Greek yogurt recipes. Tastes good and I get to squeeze at least some protein into lots of stuff that probably wouldn’t have it otherwise. And there appears to be no shortage of sweets for me on this site, definitely bookmarking

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    Johanna says

    It works great if you sub half the flour with whole wheat minus one tablespoon replaced with cornstarch, and half oil half applesauce.

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    Victoria says

    I made this today. I subbed 0% vanilla Greek yogurt and left out the vanilla. I used 3/4 cup sugar (and probably could have gotten away with 1/2 cup). Everything else was the same (except I used lemon juice instead of water to make the glaze).

    Seriously, SO good, we all had 2nds. This was the first recipe I made using coconut oil and it was awesome!

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      YAY!!! Super happy to hear this! I love coconut oil now, and use it in most of my dessert recipes in place of butter. Thanks for taking the time to comment! xo!

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    Kat says

    Could I use sour cream instead of the yogurt? I have all the other ingredients on hand and don’t usually purchase greek yogurt.

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      Hi Kat! I haven’t tried it using sour cream but I can bet it would turn out good. Let me know if you try it and if it turns out yummy. Thanks!

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    Crystal says

    Omg this is the best recipe ever!!!!!!!! First thing I ever made where everyone raved and raved. I doubled it but wished I quadrupled it! I did some subs….. 1/2 whole wheat flour , less sugar, and coconut unsweetened milk. I found my kids school treats and birthday treats for class!!!!!!!!!!!


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