A simple as a yogurt cake: Chocolate Cake with Honey and Spices

Trust the French to come up with easy yet delicious recipes to indulge your sweet tooth on a daily (watch your waistline!!) basis!

The popular “Gateau au yaourt” or Yogurt Cake is simple and wonderfully adaptable. With the same basic ingredients and a single measuring tool, you can produce yummy desserts in a flash and with minimal clean up!

SWEETTABLESCAPES pulled this recipe from a French book “Simple comme un gateau au yaourt” (“As simple as a yogurt cake”). It is a perfect cake for a cold, January afternoon when you need a slice of sweetness with your coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

IMG_0015  We chose the Chocolate Cake with Honey and Spices and fell in love at first bite!

The fun part here is that you’re using a simple yogurt (single serve) container to measure most of the ingredients. The one we used is the equivalent to 1/2 cup, so feel free to use your regular kitchen measuring tools too.

You’ll need:

1 TBsp honey

1 tsp pepper, 1 tsp ginger, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp nutmeg

2 TBsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1 jar ( or 1/2 cup) plain yogurt (we used Fage 2%)

4 whole eggs

2 jars (1 cup) sugar

1 jar (1/2 cup) sunflower or vegetable oil

3 jars (1 and 1/2 cups) flour

1 tsp baking powder


Preheat oven to 350F

In a large bowl, mix spices, honey and 1 jar yogurt.



Add 4 eggs and mix thoroughly. IMG_0004 IMG_0005

Add 2 jars sugar and mix.IMG_0006 IMG_0007

Add 3 jars flour, tsp baking powder and 2 TBsp unsweetened cocoa powder and mix. Add 1 jar of oil. Mix thoroughly.IMG_0008 IMG_0009

Pour batter into buttered 9-inch cake pan or, like us, use mini loaf pans or, even better: decorative paper cups:


Bake for 45 minutes (large pan) or 1/2 hour for mini loaves, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.IMG_0011 This cake is really delicious, with a subtle spice-and-chocolate flavor.





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