Fresh strawberry yoghurt cake, with lemon glaze.



This cake kind of came about by accident- the result of having a free couple of hours last Sunday afternoon, a pack of fresh British strawberries, and a block of pre-softened just calling out to be used. I’ve made it twice since- refining the recipe and trying it out in various tins and maybe also because it was so tasty I didn’t really need a reason. The recipe is based upon that old classic 4:4:4 (4oz flour, sugar, butter + 2 eggs + 1tsp leavener) ratio, and so with the Recipe That Launched A Thousand Victoria Sponges behind me it felt not too scary to have a little tweak and tinker, in the hope of creating something altogether more pudding-y and moist (sorry, moist-haters). The yoghurt is what does it. Three heaping tablespoons added in with the eggs and a splash of vanilla makes the crumb (Yep I’m talking about ‘crumb’, SO GBBO) more tender and a little denser than your average vanilla sponge, and the strawberries perfume the whole cake with this incredible hint-of-strawberry flavour.

Oh, and I should tell you too that this cake will come together, bake, and be out on the side cooling in less than an hour. 15 minutes to throw ingredients in a bowl and mix, 25 odd minutes in the oven, pour over the glaze, and allow to cool. Easy as pie. Or strawberry cake.

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So, here’s how to make this baby! I recommend baking it in a standard square cake/brownie tin, since it’s the sort of cake that tastes best when cut into little slabs and eaten footloose and plate-free in the garden on a sunny weekend afternoon, or standing in the kitchen post-dog walk at eleven o’clock in the morning. It also tastes best when served alongside a cup of English Breakfast tea, or perhaps a strong cafe latte. Oh, and it’ll keep in an airtight container for about 3 days…if it lasts that long.

6oz/170g softened unsalted butter
6oz/170g caster sugar
6oz/170g plain flour
1 + 1/2 tsp baking powder
3 large eggs
3 tbsp plain natural yoghurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
150g hulled and quartered British strawberries
1 lemon
Approx. 150g icing sugar

- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius, and butter and line a square cake tin. I lined the base only, and found that greasing the sides was sufficient in helping the cake now to stick.

- Place the butter and sugar into a large bowl, and beat until light and fluffy. Whisk together the eggs, natural yoghurt and vanilla extract in a jug, and sift the flour and baking powder into a separate bowl.

- Add half the egg mixture to the butter and sugar then beat to combine, and then add in half the flour and beat again. Repeat until all the ingredients are combined, and beat until the batter is smooth and light. Don’t beat for more than a minute or two, so as not to overwork the mix.

- Stir in the quartered strawberries by hand, then pour the batter into the greased and lined cake tin. Smooth over with a palette knife, and then place in the centre of the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes. (Mine took exactly 22 minutes, last time round)

- Whilst the cake is baking, squeeze the juice of a lemon into a bowl and stir in sifted icing sugar until the glaze reaches the consistency of double cream. Use a cocktail stick/skewer/dry strand of spaghetti to poke holes in the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven, and immediately pour over the glaze. Allow to cool for 20 minutes or so before removing from the tin.

- If you’d like feel free to add a second layer of glaze (using the juice of a second lemon and more icing sugar) if you prefer a sweeter finish. Just don’t make the mistake of dusting it with icing sugar! It ruins the beautiful crackly glaze on your cake and all the photos you’re trying to take of it quicker than you can imagine, and you’ll wind up sitting on your living room floor with a sieve in one hand and a sticky camera in the other, and a hopelessly tragic expression on your face. Or something like that, anyway…

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  • Imogen

    This recipe is perfect. One of my best friends is French and whenever she’s in England she makes exactly this kind of cake, fruity, simple, and with yoghurt. It’s apparently not very French to miss out the yoghurt, but they really do know their stuff in France!

    Thanks for the recipe, I can’t wait to try it out when I get some strawberries!
    Imogen x

  • Cathryn

    Mmmmmm this looks delicious!!

  • Livia

    Oh, thinks looks so good!

  • Ala Skrakowski

    Looks absolutely delicious! I’m totally on the cake baking vibe at the moment, having baked two apple cakes on the weekend, and slowly nursing a culture for some sourdough bread later in the week! Definitely love the idea of adding yoghurt in though x

  • Divya

    The pictures are so tempting! I can almost smell that cake and eat it with my eyes! :D

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  • Helen Jacob-Lloyd

    This looks just amazing *heads to the shop to buy the ingredients* – your photography is just beautiful too!

    Helen x

  • Steph

    Can I just go home and make this right now?? Yum!

  • Kezia

    Looks delicious, i love yogurt cake – gives it such a good texture . It must be strawberry pickin season – every where i look there is strawberries! Its a sign to go stuff myself with some:)

  • Caroline

    Oooh this is definitely going to have to be another that I add to my ‘must bake’ list, so simple and looks delish, yuuum! :)

  • Little Miss Katy

    Aw man this looks goooood! I can almost smell the strawberries. This with a cup of tea on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Yes. xx

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  • Anne

    Yuuum! This looks amazing! I’m finishing an internship and I might just make these to take with me as a goodbye gift :) Great photos too! xx

  • Grace

    That looks delicious! :D

  • Beccy

    Oh this looks so delicious! I will need to try this

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  • Kirsten

    Aaaaand now I’m really hungry. This looks so delicious and soft and cakey and aaaarghhh. Totally going to make this.

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  • Ellen

    This looks so yummy! Fresh strawberries are the best

  • Katie Matthews

    This just looks amazing. We used to be served this cake all the time when I was at school and I just loved it. Will definitely be recreating this!

    Katie <3

  • Amelia

    Am in love with your blog. The photography is amazing :-) (the cake doesn’t look to shabby either…) xxxx

  • Jess Keen

    Rosie this looks so scrummy! Will definitely be trying this out soon! :) xx

  • Samina | The Cupcake Confession

    This looks incredibly delish! So perfect for a nice summer afternoon or at tea time! LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

  • Julia

    This looks absolutely delicious! Would love a piece right now :-D

    Love x


  • Helen

    BEAUTIFUL, well-composed photos. Where are those grey slate tiles? Are they on your work surface? x

  • Jo

    Oh my goodness this looks like pure heaven. Perfect, I think, for afternoon tea in the garden, with fresh strawberries on the side. I’ll definitely try to make this – my mouth is watering as I type.

    Jo xx

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  • Hannah

    This looks so freaking good! I’m already making chocolate raspberry brownies today, but this has just shot up on my baking list! Beautiful photos as always :) Hannah xx

  • Lyndsay

    Wow, they look DELICIOUS *cue tummy rumbling*

    Thanks for sharing Rosie.

    Lyndsay | Fizzy Peaches

  • Anna

    I just made these tonight and documented them on my blog, oh my goodness Rosie, they are delicious, and super easy too! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe, my family are definitely thankful too that I found this recipe!

    Anna xx | The Girl In The Moon

  • Sophia

    This cake looks like something I NEED to bake, cakes with yoghurt are so nice and light!

    Sophia x

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