Easy yogurt cake recipe

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This yogurt cake is my childhood in the shape of dessert. It is the traditional cake that my family would make every once in a while. Simple, but yet delicious.

It is similar to a butter cake, although it contains oil instead of butter. In Spanish it is called “bizcocho”, which could be translated as sponge cake.

You can easily make it without needing to weight the ingredients. This recipe is from my mom, and she simply takes a yogurt of 125 g and then uses its container to measure the rest of the ingredients. I made this recipe following her instructions and that is why I used the single-packed yogurt. However, for sustainability reasons, I don’t buy small-packed yogurts, and instead I buy 500g yogurt containers or glass jars. I also make my own yogurt, which you can find the recipe here. To make it easier for everyone, here I provide both ways of measurement, in grams and with the yogurt container. If your yogurt has more or less than 125 g it’s not a problem, as far as you keep the proportions with the rest of ingredients (1 cup yogurt – 1 1/2 cups sugar – 3 cups of flour – 1 cup of oil).

This container of yogurt has 125 g

You can either make it plain or give it a funky touch by adding some cacao powder to a portion of the dough and then creating a design over the rest of the dough. This way you will obtain a beautiful marmor-like result. By the way, I used free range eggs from the chickens of my grandparents and that’s why the dough has such a strong yellow color!


This yogurt cake is very easy to make, very quick and does not even require weighting the ingredients. This cake is a traditional dessert in Spain, made for breakfast or snacks, with a subtle flavour that you can customize by adding chocolate or fruit. Try this recipe and it will become your go-to cake!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course cakes
Servings 8 people


  • 1 (125 g) yogurt
  • 3 (225 g) flour measures of the yogurt cup
  • 1 ½ (195 g) sugar measures of the yogurt cup
  • 1 (130 g) measures of sunflower oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (16 g) packet of baking powder
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder (unsweetened or sweetened)optional


  • Place the wet ingredients (yogurt, eggs, oil and sugar) in a bowl. Mix well with a whisk or an immersion blender.
  • Add the flour and the baking powder and combine.
  • If you want, you can reserve a cup of the mixture and mix it with cacao powder (if you use unsweetened I recommend adding a little bit of sugar to it).
  • Brush a baking pan with butter and then dust it with flour to avoid the cake sticking to the pan.
  • Add the dough into the pan and if you also made some chocolate dough, add it on top and then swirl it around with a knife or chopstick.
  • Bake it in a preheated oven heat up and down at 180C/ 356F for 35-40 minutes. You can check if its done by doing the poke test (poke the cake with a knife or chopstick and if it comes clear then it is ready).


  • You can decorate it with powder sugar, fruit or chocolate to give it another touch!
Keyword cake, chocolate, easy, yogurt

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