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Gâteau au Yaourt (French Yogurt Cake)

Sliced gâteau au yaourt on a serving board.

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This French yogurt cake - gâteau au yaourt - is fluffy, moist, and full of flavors. Loved by kids and adults, it is an easy no-measure cake perfect for any occasion.



1 measure = 1 yogurt container (4 oz. or 113 g)

  • 1 plain yogurt (keep the container)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 containers granulated sugar
  • 1 sachet (15 g) vanilla sugar
  • 1 container olive oil
  • 3 containers all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 lemon, zest
  • 1 teaspoon butter for greasing

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  1. Preheat the oven to 355 degrees F/180 degrees C. Using a pastry brush and softened butter, butter, and flour, an 8-inch/20 cm round cake pan.

  2. To make the batter, mix flour and baking powder in a medium bowl. Pour the yogurt into a separate large bowl. Clean the jar to use it as a measurer. Add eggs, granulated sugar, and vanilla sugar to the yogurt and beat with a hand whisk for a few seconds. Add the oil and quickly mix. Fold the dry ingredients and vanilla sugar into the yogurt mixture and gently mix, just to combine. Please, don't overwork the batter! At this stage, add citrus zest or fruits, apples, pears, lemon zest, etc.

  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 30 to 40 minutes. A cake tester or the tip of a knife inserted in the center of the cake should come clean or with a few moist crumbs.

  4. Let the cake cool for 5 to 10 minutes before unmolding, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with icing (powdered) sugar if desired. 


  1. Don't use an electric mixer or stand mixer: only mix the ingredients with a hand whisk.
  2. Don't overmix the cake batter: whisk for 5-10 seconds at every step until just combined. Never stir the batter more than necessary.
  3. Cover it with aluminum foil halfway through baking to prevent your cake from burning.
  4. To prevent the cake from drying out, slice it once serving it, not in advance. The cake retains moisture when it remains whole. 
  5. If you double the recipe and use 2 pots of yogurt, bake the cake at the lower temperature - 160 degrees C - for about 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes. Check for doneness with a sharp knife or a toothpick.


Keywords: gâteau au yaourt, French yogurt cake




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